Barry is a special series to me. Not just because of how ridiculously good it was – I firmly believe it’s an all time classic- but also because of the parallel journey I had with the series. A few months before it aired, I was speaking off the record with someone who was “in the know”. I was told to be on the lookout for this new Bill Hader & Alec Berg series and that it had the potential to be special.
At the time, I had been on the Twin Peaks beat for over a year and was ready to write about new things. John Pirruccello, whom I knew from Twin Peaks, had been cast in Barry and it was this weird symmetry, like a sign of sorts that this was supposed to be my next beat. I reached out to John and set up an interview with him that would publish the weekend the pilot episode would premiere.
I would go onto write about the pilot episode, which I thought was brilliant. I would split weekly coverage of Season 2 with another TV Obsessive writer and host a panel discussion after the season ended. I also conducted another interview with John after his character was killed off. Although I would be watching Season 3 weekly, I didn’t write on it as I was preparing for my wedding. For the fourth and final season, I wrote on each episode weekly and was provided with advanced viewing from HBO for all episodes except the finale.
Below I’ll link to all of my work on Barry, interviews included. I’m absolutely not ruling out more work in the future though. There’s a lot still to be said about this groundbreaking series.
John Pirruccello interview (pre-pilot)
John Pirruccello Interview (post S2E5)