The Best TV Shows of the Decade, Ranked

24. “Barry” (HBO, 2018 – present)

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Bill Hader in “Barry”

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Recency bias or no, it would be difficult to make a list of the top 50 shows of the decade without including Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s brilliant HBO comedy “Barry.” In its second season, the series, starring Hader as a hitman-turned-actor, valiantly trying – and failing – to leave a life of crime behind him, got darker, not as a transparent move to raise the stakes, but as an incisive way to deepen the tragedy. It’s not a huge jump to read “Barry” as an allegory for the United States failed military policies, with the titular character a PTSD-stricken vet trying to do something positive with his life, only to be repeatedly drawn into situations that lead to more death and destruction.

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