10 Best New TV Characters Of 2018 (So Far)

10. Barry - Barry


Barry has been one of TV's most enjoyable comedies this year, and this is largely due to the show's genius balance of comedy and drama - specifically in regards to the title character. Barry is conflicted to say the least, and actor Bill Hader conveys this really well throughout the season.

It's often hard to dramatise internal conflict in a comedy series, because the writers run the risk of turning their series into a fully-blown drama, but somehow Barry has accomplished this incredibly well.

We can sense our protagonist's desire to break free from his old life as a hitman and pursue his dream of becoming an actor. However, getting evolved with Noho Hank has made it incredibly hard for him to do so. The strong characterisation of the Barry character has made his predicament believable - in spite of the sensationalist dilemma. It'll be incredibly exciting to see what our unlucky protagonist will get up to in the second season of the HBO series.


Stephen Patterson is an experienced writer and reviewer. He's also a TV addict.