Barry Zuckerkorn was the Bluth family's incompetent defense attorney. He attempted to guide the Bluths through George's trial but rarely was on top of the case. He was finally fired by Michael at the end of "The Cabin Show".
Barry has a devious sexual life and has had his own run-ins with the law. He doesn't have strong friendships in the law community and doesn't have the strongest understanding of California's legal system.
Barry isn't the most informed lawyer. He advised George that the government can't accuse a husband and wife of the same crime. ("Pilot") He told the Bluths that a $20,000 bond to release George for the Living Classics Pageant was refundable, but it wasn't. ("In God We Trust") At George's arraignment, Barry was caught off guard by the sheer number of crimes George was charged with that he attempted to run away. ("Beef Consommé") He advised the Bluths to steal evidence from Maggie Lizer's house. ("Altar Egos") He advised Michael to lie to the police when he was interrogated. ("Not Without My Daughter")
He accidentally entrapped Michael in a question about his whereabouts. ("The One Where Michael Leaves") He used Ask Jeeves to answer questions about the law ("Queen for a Day") and frequently misbehaved in the courtroom, including spanking Maggie or harassing Loretta. ("Hand to God") Barry takes credit for Michel's divorce, but there was never a divorce -- Tracey Bluth died. ("Out on a Limb") When G.O.B. asked Barry what he was doing at a drag club, Barry said "Wow, you should be the lawyer." ("Motherboy XXX") When Michael fired Barry in Reno, he told Michael that he would have to turn to prostitution because the Bluths were his only client. ("The Cabin Show")
Problems with the law
Barry's problems with the law don't stop at his professional ineptitude. He is late to the Bluth family's hearing because he had his own court date. ("Beef Consommé") He is arrested for picking up an undercover officer dressed as a prostitute. ("Justice Is Blind") He also once ran over Tobias in his car, and ends up in prison for a short amount of time. ("The One Where Michael Leaves") He also mentions that the L.A. Kings have a lawsuit against him, after he wrongly sues them. ("Queen for a Day")
Barry's secretary, James Alan Spangler, successfully sued Barry for his anti-gay remarks. James used one of Barry's rivals, Wayne Jarvis, as his legal council. ("In God We Trust") Barry and Judge Lionel Ping are not fans of each other and do not enjoy seeing each other in court. ("Beef Consommé") Barry acts extremely unprofessional with Maggie Lizer, including spanking her in court. ("Out on a Limb") Barry is later fired by the Bluth family for Bob Loblaw. ("The Cabin Show")
Although Barry flirts with Lucille, his personal life is a bit of a mystery. He made Freudian slips about some inmates at prison. ("In God We Trust") He propositions cross dressing prostitutes ("Altar Egos") and was once arrested for propositioning an undercover police officer. ("Justice Is Blind") He brought a young woman prostitute to the police station to talk with Michael. ("Not Without My Daughter") He is also known to meet late at night at truck stops, presumably for sex. ("Let 'Em Eat Cake") Barry is proud to admit he enjoys a "hot ding dong" and has asked George Michael to give him a "little tap on the fanny". He is also the only person to recognize a close-up shot of testicles. ("Sad Sack") Barry purchased the Tobias is Queen Mary nightclub from Tobias, namely for the dungeon area. ("Queen for a Day") Barry mentioned to G.O.B. that he ran into a judge of his divorce hearing at a drag club. ("Motherboy XXX") Barry has winked suggestively at Wayne Jarvis' assistant. ("Missing Kitty") Barry knows L.A. prices for prostitution - $50 for making out - but not Reno prices. He later made out with Tobias for $50. ("The Cabin Show")
When he is first incarcerated, George mentions that his attorney told him the government couldn't charge a husband and wife with the same crime. Barry isn't mentioned by name but it was likely him. ("Pilot")
Barry helps the Bluth family get George out of prison for the Living Classics Pageant. He tells them that the $20,000 is refundable, but in the end it is not.("In God We Trust") He helps the family prepare for George's arraignment but flees the courtroom when he is frightened by the number of charges. ("Beef Consommé") Barry fails to help the family read the plea deal the government has offered the Bluths. ("Altar Egos") When he finds out Michael is sleeping with Maggie, he convinces him to snoop in on her evidence. ("Justice Is Blind")
When Kitty goes missing, Barry suggests lying to the police. ("Not Without My Daughter") Barry helps Michael and George prepare for polygraph tests that could either incriminate or free George. ("Let 'Em Eat Cake")
Barry meets Michael at the police station and informs him that he is not allowed to leave the state. He later runs over a blue Tobias in his car at dusk. ("The One Where Michael Leaves") Maeby asks Barry for advice on how she can emancipate herself from her parents. ("Good Grief") Tobias helps the Bluth disprove evidence of model homes in Iraq by revealing the photographic evidence is actually a close-up shot of balls. ("Sad Sack") Barry advises the Bluth family to not sell their stocks when some of the shares are unfrozen, but their greed gets the best of them and they ignore him. ("Queen for a Day")
Michael meets with Barry, who is representing Skip Church's Bistro in a legal battle against Loretta and Maggie Lizer over the bistro's unhealthy Skip's Scramble. He finds out Loretta is using a fat suit, and tells Michael that Maggie is suing him for patenity. ("Out on a Limb") Barry accuses Loretta of wearing a fat suit in court by pulling up her shirt. This angers Loretta and Judge Ping. ("Hand to God")
When G.O.B. is sued by G.O.B.'s wife for divorce, Barry helps G.O.B. claim that they never had sex and therefore the marriage was never consummated. When G.O.B. brags to everyone in the court about the picture of him naked with his wafe, Barry says "well, we lost this one." Barry also helps the Bluth family track down the loose seal that ate Buster's hand. ("Motherboy XXX") Barry accompanies Michael when he signs an affidavit and is arrested for lying about knowing his father's whereabouts. Barry is upset when the photographic evidence is not balls. ("Righteous Brothers")
Michael asks Barry where George has fled to, and Barry informs him that he is in Reno. When Michael finds Barry in Reno posing to be working for the Blue Man Group, he is fired by Michael for his many years of poor service for the Bluth family. He fears he has to turn to prostitution to make money. ("The Cabin Show")
Barry will return in Season Four.
- After Michael told Barry that microwaving a Ding Dong in foil is bad, Barry proceeds to microwave a Ding Dong in foil moments later. ("Sad Sack")
- Barry's website is www.BARRYGOOD.biz and his slogan is "He's Barry good!"
- Henry Winkler, the actor who portrays Barry, is known for his role of Fonzie in Happy Days which also starred executive producer and narrator Ron Howard. This is referenced several times in the series:
- In "Altar Egos" Barry looks into a mirror to comb his hair and realizes it is perfect in exactly the same manner Fonzie did frequently in Happy Days.
- Barry literally "jumps the shark" in "Motherboy XXX". The phrase "jump the shark" is taken from Happy Days when Fonzie jumps over a shark while waterskiing.
- Barry is tied with John Beard for appearing in the most episodes as a guest character - 15.
- → See and enjoy 78 pictures of Barry Zuckerkorn at Images of Barry Zuckerkorn.
"In God We Trust"
"Justice Is Blind"
"Not Without My Daughter"
"Let 'Em Eat Cake"
"The One Where Michael Leaves"
"Queen for a Day"
"Out on a Limb"
"Hand to God"
"The Cabin Show"
|Main Arrested Development Characters|
|Buster • G.O.B. • George Michael • George • Linsday • Lucille • Maeby • Michael • Tobias|
| Ann • Annyong • Barry Zuckerkorn • Bob Loblaw • Ice • Kitty • Larry Middleman • Lucille 2 • Lupe|
Maggie Lizer • Marta • Mort Meyers • Oscar • Rita • Stan Sitwell • Steve Holt • Tony Wonder • Uncle Trevor • G.O.B.'s wife