May 28, 2023 will be a day that lives in television history, marking not only the final episode of HBO's Succession, but the finale of its other critically adored, Emmy-devouring series, Barry.
Being in the shadow of the lionized Succession meant that Barry's equally excellent four season run at HBO received a slightly muted response. Just like Succession, Barry delivered four tight, solid seasons with nary a wasted plotline (what filler episode?). While one could hardly call Barry underrated (the Emmy nominations and wins say otherwise), its swan song deserved more accolades for being as iconic as the show that preceded it on HBO's vaunted Sunday lineup.
The final episode ever of Barry was titled "Wow," which was usually the reaction after every episode of this perfectly written, perfectly cast, and brilliantly directed show, which managed to go in the direction you never expected every time.