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The 10 Best TV Episodes of 2023

A stylish Hitchcock homage, a tender exploration of autism and a hilariously horny holiday special were among favorites of THR's TV critics.

Emmys: Melancholy Falls on Comic Leading Men

The nominated men of this year’s Emmy season are going through it. In the final season of Barry, Bill Hader’s eponymous hitman is once again compartmentalizing his violence to an insane degree. Jason Segel’s therapist in Shrinking is flailing since the death of his wife. Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso is maybe the patron saint of […]

‘Barry’ Star Bill Hader Looks Back on Final Season, Details His Biggest Film Influences: “The Most Obvious Is the Coen Brothers”

The fourth and final season of Barry was unlike its previous three, with the HBO comedy becoming darker and deadlier as hitman Barry Berkman (co-creator Bill Hader) reaches his endgame. Yet the Television Academy’s love for the show didn’t waver; after winning nine Emmys in its first three seasons — including lead actor wins for […]

From ‘Only Murders in the Building’ to ‘Ted Lasso,’ Emmy Voters Love Their Chosen Families

To understand just how long the TV Academy has struggled to define “comedy series,” look no further than the first decade or so of the category’s life: Between 1952, when Red Skelton’s titular variety show claimed Emmy’s first-ever comedy prize, and 1964, when The Dick Van Dyke Show scored its second win, the category had […]

‘Barry’ Star Anthony Carrigan Loved Finding “Real Pathos” in a “Lovable Goofball”

When Anthony Carrigan’s Chechen gangster Noho Hank was first introduced in HBO’s Barry, he mostly brought levity to the dark comedy co-created by Bill Hader. But by the final season, while Carrigan still got laughs from Hank’s unique diction and other eccentricities, he also led the character down a tragic path where he had his […]

Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 10 Best TV Shows of 2023 So Far

THR’s TV reviewers choose faves from the first half of the year, including the brilliant final chapter in the Roy family saga, a controversy-stained Netflix standout and an eye-opening (and mouth-watering) food show.

‘TV’s Top 5’: Maureen Ryan on the Depths of ‘Burn It Down’ (Beyond ‘Lost’); Plus Finale-Mania

Welcome to the 216th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

TV Ratings: ‘Succession’ Hits Series Highs for Final Episode

The series finale of Succession brought in the show’s largest first-night audience ever. The HBO show’s final episode on Sunday drew 2.93 million viewers across all platforms, passing the previous series high of 2.75 million for the season’s sixth episode on April 30. The Emmy-winning series has set multiple series highs over the course of […]

‘Barry’ Star Sarah Goldberg on Sally’s Final Moments: “Finally, She Has Some Peace”

[This story contains major spoilers from the series finale of Barry, “Wow.”] It’d be understandable if you expected things not to work out for Sarah Goldberg’s Sally Reed in the series finale of HBO’s Barry. After all, things hadn’t been going her way for a while. In season three, just as she finally achieved the […]

Critic’s Notebook: Bleak Series Finale Brings ‘Barry’ to a Satisfyingly Unsatisfying Close

The final episode of Bill Hader and Alec Berg's hitman dramedy finally gives its character the hero's journey he's been reaching for this whole time. Sort of.

Henry Winkler on That ‘Barry’ Series Finale Shocker: “I Was Speechless”

[This story contains major spoilers from the series finale of Barry, “Wow.”] In the end, it wasn’t the Chechen mob or the FBI who finally took down the outlaw assassin Barry Berkman; it was (second spoiler warning!) Henry Winkler’s Gene M. Cousineau.  Of course, Cousineau thought he had already done this when he set up […]

Bill Hader on Turning Point for Barry in the HBO Series: “A Nice Reminder That He’s Not a Good Guy”

Bill Hader is opening up about what he thinks is the turning point in Barry Berkman’s life in his HBO series Barry. Ahead of its series finale on Sunday, Hader had one specific moment that came to mind when he was asked what Barry’s point of no return was in the Emmy-winning show. “I always […]