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Anyone else watch this series? It stars Bill Hader (with strong supporting performances by Stephen Root and Henry Winkler) as a hit man who starts going to acting class.

I just got finished watching season 1 and, uh, holy shit this show is shockingly good. I started watching it because I like Bill Hader and thought it might be good for a laugh or two. I got...a lot more than that.

I won't post any spoilers in the first post here, just wondering if there's anyone else who watched this and enjoyed it. I did a search but didn't see a thread on it.
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Henry Winkler, Bill Hader & Stephen Root were all great and I loved the guy (I had to look up his name)- the "nice" Chechen gangster, Noho Hank. Hoping there is a season 2.
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I really enjoyed it. One thing I was impressed by was the fact that each episode was only half an hour, but it seemed like a significant amount got accomplished in each episode without feeling rushed.

My only tiny criticism would be that I thought Bill Hader went just a smidgen too far in how bad Barry's acting was. But I guess that's just a matter of taste.
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My only tiny criticism would be that I thought Bill Hader went just a smidgen too far in how bad Barry's acting was. But I guess that's just a matter of taste.
I thought it was slightly over the top, but only slightly. The actress who plays his girlfriend did an amazing job of that, though - I feel like there's a lot of skill involved in being an actress who's doing not only an excellent job of playing a somewhat shallow and self-centered woman in an acting class, but also portraying that woman's usually-subpar acting skills, complete with moments where she rises above her usual level to shine. (E.g. in the Macbeth scene in I think episode 7.)
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I thought it was far better than it had any right to be, especially considering how terrible all the promotions were. I don't think I saw a single commercial that made me want to watch it, but I took a flyer on the strength of Stephen Root, Henry Winkler, and solid reviews.

Before Barry, I could take or leave Bill Hader, but this raised his stock a great deal in my book.
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Before Barry, I could take or leave Bill Hader, but this raised his stock a great deal in my book.
Have you ever watched "Documentary Now!"? That's the series that sold me on Bill Hader; I think I heard about "Barry" after checking his IMDb page or Wikipedia article.
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Loved Barry and absolutely adore Documentary Now.
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My only tiny criticism would be that I thought Bill Hader went just a smidgen too far in how bad Barry's acting was. But I guess that's just a matter of taste.


I watched it and quite liked it. Particularly how Bill Hader actually came across credibly as a bad-ass. I would not have predicted that.
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I watched the first season and thought it was well done. But I wouldn’t call it one of my favorite shows.
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I loved it. It's tough to pull off a protaganist who does so many unequivocally terrible things, yet you still want to root for him.
After the events of the season finale, season 2 should be pretty wild. Can't wait!
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Anyone else watch this series? It stars Bill Hader (with strong supporting performances by Stephen Root and Henry Winkler) as a hit man who starts going to acting class.

I just got finished watching season 1 and, uh, holy shit this show is shockingly good. I started watching it because I like Bill Hader and thought it might be good for a laugh or two. I got...a lot more than that.

I won't post any spoilers in the first post here, just wondering if there's anyone else who watched this and enjoyed it. I did a search but didn't see a thread on it.
Yes, I’ve been watching it and love it. Every episode is a gem. I can’t believe how much I love the Chenyan villains...
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I too enjoyed it, and can't wait for a second season.
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I generally don't "binge watch" but I finished this one over two days. I've always been a fan of Bill Hader but he's especially entertaining in this!
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Definitely one of the funniest shows I've ever seen ... and the odd thing is, I rarely laugh out loud at it. Something happens, or someone says something, and I think to myself, "That was fucking hysterical!"

Maybe the fact that I'm watching it by myself has something to do with it?

Anyway, one of my favorites, and NoHo Hank is the best character on TV this year.
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Barry is on my short list of favorites; beautifully written, directed, and acted.
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Yea, love this show. A mix of humor and great intensity. Agree with MsWhatsit, above. Barry's love interest, Sally Reed, played by Sarah Goldberg, plays a woman who is C- quality actress. Tricky, I'm sure.

Barry was just renewed for a 3rd season a few weeks ago and a recent show show(early May 2019) just broke their ratings records so this series is likely to be around a while.
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I'm about one episode behind.

Did you guys see the "hit gone wrong" episode? "ronny/lily" is the title and I am not kidding, it is an all-time classic for comedy half-hour shows.

Everything goes completely wrong in Barry's hit, but does so in a hilariously crazy way. Bizarre, strange, no way to explain it.

An amazing episode. I find Barry to be a good show, but not quite as great as some people think. This one, though, was laugh-out-loud hilarious and kind of painful, too.
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I'm about one episode behind.

Did you guys see the "hit gone wrong" episode? "ronny/lily" is the title and I am not kidding, it is an all-time classic for comedy half-hour shows.

Everything goes completely wrong in Barry's hit, but does so in a hilariously crazy way. Bizarre, strange, no way to explain it.

An amazing episode. I find Barry to be a good show, but not quite as great as some people think. This one, though, was laugh-out-loud hilarious and kind of painful, too.
I loved the ronny/lily episode - I hope to see Jessie Giacomazzi again, perhaps in a something like Kill Bill. It was so unpredictable and surprising (was that a real frying pan or a prop?), like most of the episodes.

Yes, Documentary Now made me change my mind about Bill Hader, especially "Sandy Passage". I'm surprised no one has mentioned his 2018 Best Leading Actor Emmy for Barry; that should convince any skeptics.
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I'm about one episode behind.

Did you guys see the "hit gone wrong" episode? "ronny/lily" is the title and I am not kidding, it is an all-time classic for comedy half-hour shows.

Everything goes completely wrong in Barry's hit, but does so in a hilariously crazy way. Bizarre, strange, no way to explain it.

An amazing episode. I find Barry to be a good show, but not quite as great as some people think. This one, though, was laugh-out-loud hilarious and kind of painful, too.
"Oh. She's not human."

Gotta love Stephen Root. I've been watching this show since the beginning and it's definitely one of my favorites. To be fair, it would be hard to go wrong with Hader, Root and Fonz all in it together.
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Stephen Root is too hilarious in this. It's becoming one of the most memorable roles for him.
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If "ronny/lily" doesn't get every Emmy it's sure to be nominated for, I'll be extremely surprised.

This show keeps going from strength to strength. Before the second season began I heard Hader saying it's very dark, and that can mean a variety of things....so I was wondering if I'd still love it. Definitely still do.
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I'm about one episode behind.

Did you guys see the "hit gone wrong" episode? "ronny/lily" is the title and I am not kidding, it is an all-time classic for comedy half-hour shows.

Everything goes completely wrong in Barry's hit, but does so in a hilariously crazy way. Bizarre, strange, no way to explain it.

An amazing episode. I find Barry to be a good show, but not quite as great as some people think. This one, though, was laugh-out-loud hilarious and kind of painful, too.
That was one of the funniest things I've seen a long time.

I kept wondering why Ronny looked so familiar. The actor (Daniel Bernhardt) is probably best known as Agent Johnson (hmm, upgrades) from The Matrix Reloaded.
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This is one of only two shows that I watch weekly. I enjoy it so much that I have accidentally invented reverse binging, or maybe anti-binging, to enhance my enjoyment.

When I sat down to watch the second episode of this season, the little potted summary of the previous episode made me realise that my memory of it was fairly vague. So I watched episode 1 before watching episode 2. And I have followed this practice every week since. The re-watch gives a whole different perspective partly from having seen Inside The Episode the week before. If I had my way it would be the law that every TV show have a segment, just as brief and informative, after the credits.

I couldn't imagine going back to "normal" watching, it would stunt my watching pleasure.
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Did you guys see the "hit gone wrong" episode? "ronny/lily" is the title and I am not kidding, it is an all-time classic for comedy half-hour shows.

Everything goes completely wrong in Barry's hit, but does so in a hilariously crazy way. Bizarre, strange, no way to explain it.

An amazing episode. I find Barry to be a good show, but not quite as great as some people think. This one, though, was laugh-out-loud hilarious and kind of painful, too.
I saw that immediately after The Long Night episode of Game of Thrones and it was weirdly a release from the tension while also being tense in a different way.
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Wow, that feral mongoose Lily is one crazy bad ass kid!

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I really like Sally, but I don't think she's shallow, exactly. A little self absorbed, but very sweet. She reminds me a lot of a former girlfriend, so I guess I have a soft spot for the character.

But for pure laughs on this show, it's NoHo Hank.
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...But for pure laughs on this show, it's NoHo Hank.
Laughable---and lucky. (In the season two finale.)

I have no idea how accurate Anthony Carrigan's Chechen accent is, but I do always "hear" the name of the show in his voice---BAH-ree!
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I really like Sally, but I don't think she's shallow, exactly. A little self absorbed, but very sweet.

Yeah, a good example was that fantastic monologue in the season finale during which she wondered aloud "am I the voice of a movement?"


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Yea, love this show. A mix of humor and great intensity. Agree with MsWhatsit, above. Barry's love interest, Sally Reed, played by Sarah Goldberg, plays a woman who is C- quality actress. Tricky, I'm sure.

I think she might be just a bit better than that, as we've seen demonstrated in the past couple episodes. This was an interesting conclusion to her profile in Vanity Fair:


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The role can still surprise her. Goldberg did not anticipate that Sally would turn down the TV job: “I can’t imagine she’s having an easy time paying her rent. But then I thought, ‘O.K., I think this is where the evolution begins with her.’”

That plot point made the actress think about an incident several years ago, in which she turned down a role because it seemed like “soft porn.”

“I was going in for a casting director I really like, but the scene was like—‘she rides the horse bareback, she takes his cock in her hand,’” Goldberg recalled.

“I was like, ‘what the fuck is this?’” she said. “Anyway, it was Game of Thrones.”
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My wife and I started watching this show a few weeks ago and we just watched "Ronny/Lily" last night, which was in my opinion one of the ten or twenty greatest episodes of television ever created. I was crying with laughter.

I just love this show. I've never seen anything like it. It's funny but serious, ridiculous but dark. The main character is sympathetic and objectively evil. Bill Hader, a comedian, is the straight man and delivers a performance I never in ten billion years would have thought him capable of. Henry Winkler is a scream. Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg are just perfect. Good Lord, what a show.
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I saw that episode of Barry, ronny/lily, when it first aired on April 28, immediately after the third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones. That was a particularly tense episode of Game of Thrones, so watching Barry was great as a kind of tension reliever. (It was tense in its own way, but also very weird and hilarious.)

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I should add that I do a near-perfect Hank impression and can crack my wife up saying "Baaaaarry?" God, what a show. Anthony Carrigan is a scream. He must think he's died and gone to actor heaven playing that role.

The scenes with the actors are wonderful, too; it's both absurd and yet realistic. (My wife, with no dramatic training at all, struggles to believe the shit they do is realistic. I keep assuring her it is.) I find it endlessly impressive how the real life actors, playing fake actors, can shift from appearing shitty to being amazing - Sarah Goldberg is particularly adept at this.

Something I noticed early on is that Bill Hader clearly had a very good instructor teach him how to handle weapons. He looks like a professional soldier.
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My wife and I started watching this show a few weeks ago and we just watched "Ronny/Lily" last night, which was in my opinion one of the ten or twenty greatest episodes of television ever created.
Ooooh, top 20? I'm not sure. It certainly would make that list for the last decade.

Top 50 of all time? Maybe.

It was certainly great and will probably be the best episode of TV I saw this year.
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... I find it endlessly impressive how the real life actors, playing fake actors, can shift from appearing shitty to being amazing - Sarah Goldberg is particularly adept at this. ...
Yes, the cast deserves enormous credit for this hard-to-pull-off achievement. It's sort of like a skilled singer trying to sound tone-deaf---very easy to overdo the effort, or otherwise be unconvincing.
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I should add that I do a near-perfect Hank impression and can crack my wife up saying "Baaaaarry?" God, what a show. Anthony Carrigan is a scream. He must think he's died and gone to actor heaven playing that role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carrigan was cast in the upcoming Bill & Ted film, which will star Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as older versions of their characters from the earlier films. If you remember, William Sadler played Death in the second film, so the article speculates that Carrigan might be playing Death Jr here.
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I don't get that at all. Of all the characters in the world these people have had close contact with, it's bad actors. They've probably had bad actor roomates, coworkers or friends their entire career. I get the juxtaposition you guys are seeing but playing a bad actor is probably a million times easier than playing someone with autism or something.
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Eta: they are doing a good job though! I love the show. I just don't think playing a bad actor is a particularly incredible feat.
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Just finished bingeing this in like two days, amazing show. One question though, how did the chechen pin get on the crime scene?
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Just finished bingeing this in like two days, amazing show. One question though, how did the chechen pin get on the crime scene?
Barry tossed it in there when he got to the scene. (He'd been given it as a mark of honor, earlier, by Hank, as I recall.)
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Then why was he so worried?
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Then why was he so worried?
You mean Barry's demeanor while Gene was the suspect for Janice's murder? He was worried for Gene, because Fuches had set it up pretty convincingly (or convincing enough for those particular cops, anyway).

Luckily, the cops became distracted from the "Gene did it" theory by the pin. But that wasn't a sure thing. Barry hoped that the cops would transition to the "Chechens did it" theory, but he couldn't be certain that they would.

(Or maybe you meant something else?)
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That's what I meant, I guess it makes sense he would still be worried.
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I like the show, but one problem that I have with Fuchs behavior is that if Barry gets arrested, so does Fuchs.
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I like the show, but one problem that I have with Fuchs behavior is that if Barry gets arrested, so does Fuchs.
My interpretation of that is that Fuches is so emotionally invested in "owning" Barry that he'd gladly accept that deal (if Barry goes down, so does Fuches) if the only alternative is making a life for himself that doesn't include ownership of his meal-ticket/Frankenstein's creature/surrogate son. (That last in a very sick version.)
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