HBO’s new half-hour series Barry starring SNL alum Bill Hader as a hitman-turned-actor continues its first season with five new episodes in April 2018. In addition to Hader, the new comedy series stars Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, Stephen Root, and Paula Newsome.
Bill Hader created the series with Alec Berg. Hader and Berg also executive produce, write, and direct the freshman HBO series. Season one will consist of eight episodes.
The Plot: Barry is a dark comedy starring Bill Hader as a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an aspiring actor. Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene. He wants to start a new life as an actor, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away —can he find a way to balance both worlds?
Barry April 2018 Episodes:
- Episode #2: “Chapter Two: ‘Use It’”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 1 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In the wake of shocking news, Gene (Henry Winkler) encourages his students to channel their feelings into their work. Resolved to quit his job and put the past behind him, Barry (Bill Hader) tries not to get pulled back in by Fuches (Stephen Root) and the Chechens. Sally (Sarah Goldberg) tries to crack the nut that is Barry.
Written by Alec Berg & Bill Hader; directed by Bill Hader.
- Episode #3: “Chapter Three: ‘Make the Unsafe Choice’”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 8 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
A frustrated Barry (Bill Hader) misses an acting class to honor an obligation. Detectives Moss (Paula Newsome) and Loach (John Pirruccello) try to piece together a murder puzzle. Gene (Henry Winkler) presses Barry to take more risks. Sally (Sarah Goldberg) is thrown for a loop during an audition, and turns to Barry for comfort. The Chechens rejoice when a legendary assassin arrives.
Written by Duffy Boudreau; directed by Bill Hader.
- Episode #4: “Chapter Four: ‘Commit…To YOU’”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Barry (Bill Hader) finds that distancing himself from Fuches (Stephen Root) and the Chechens might be harder than he thought. Sally (Sarah Goldberg) is dismayed to learn that an audition arranged by a prospective agent has strings attached. Gene (Henry Winkler) promises Moss (Paula Newsome) a bombshell, but only over dinner. Barry invites a Marine buddy and his two pals to a party given by his classmate Natalie (D’Arcy Carden), where Zach (Ross Philips), a rising actor, threatens Barry’s claim on Sally.
Written by Sarah Solemani; directed by Maggie Carey.
- Episode #5: “Chapter Five: ‘Do Your Job’”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (10:45-11:15 p.m.)
Barry (Bill Hader) looks to hit the reset button with Sally (Sarah Goldberg), but a scene from “Macbeth” triggers a reaction that pushes them farther apart. Moss (Paula Newsome) moves to interrogate members of Gene’s (Henry Winkler) acting class after a shooting video surfaces. Barry finds himself in a quandary after teaming up with Taylor (Dale Pavinski), a reckless new acquaintance, in a dangerous mission to wipe out a group of Bolivians.
Written by Ben Smith; directed by Hiro Murai.
- Episode #6: “Chapter Six: ‘Listen with Your Ears, React with Your Face’”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Barry (Bill Hader) tries to fly solo at a remote airstrip, but Taylor (Dale Pavinski) still wants in. Vacha (Mark Ivanir) looks to exact revenge on the man who killed his brother, despite Pazar’s (Glenn Fleshler) hands-off orders. Moss (Paula Newsome) tries to end her association with Gene (Henry Winkler), but finds herself drawn to his classroom at a critical juncture. Sally (Sarah Goldberg) lobbies for a major acting challenge.
Written by Emily Heller; directed by Hiro Murai.