Barry is a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. While on a job in LA, he follows his “mark” into an acting class and is instantly drawn to the group of students. Barry wants to start a new life in this community of eager hopefuls, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away. Can he find a way to balance the two worlds? BARRY Season 1 Episode 1 Photos Chapter One: Make Your Mark.
The dark comedy series Barry, starring Bill Hader, kicks off its eight-episode season SUNDAY, MARCH 25 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Alec Berg (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) and Hader (“Saturday Night Live”) serve as co-creators, executive producers, directors and writers.
Other cast regulars include: Stephen Root (“Get Out”) as Barry’s handler, who is alarmed to contemplate a future without his primary source of income; Sarah Goldberg (“Hindsight”) as a dedicated acting student who becomes the object of Barry’s affection; Glenn Fleshler (HBO’s “True Detective”) a Chechen mob kingpin whose killer instincts are (somewhat) tempered by a surprisingly sentimental side; Anthony Carrigan (“Gotham”) as the mobster’s brutal but unfailingly polite sidekick; and Henry Winkler (“Arrested Development”) as a pompous yet endearing acting teacher who takes Barry under his wing.
As well as starring in the series, Hader directs episodes of the show, marking his directorial debut.
Episode #1: “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 25 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Barry (Bill Hader) is a disillusioned hitman from the Midwest. His handler, Fuches (Stephen Root), sends him to LA to execute a hit for the Chechen mob, led by Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler) and his right-hand man, NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan). Barry’s target: an aspiring actor who is having an affair with Pazar’s wife. Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class taught by beloved teacher/guru Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler), and is instantly drawn to the group of students, especially Sally (Sarah Goldberg). Barry wants to start a new life in the class, but the criminal world won’t let him walk away so easily.
Written by Alec Berg & Bill Hader; directed by Bill Hader.
The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
BARRY was created by Alec Berg & Bill Hader; executive produced by Bill Hader and Alec Berg; produced by Aida Rodgers; consulting producer, Liz Sarnoff; producer, Emily Heller.