Baskets: Season 1 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Though its themes may be unpleasant for some and LOL moments are few and far between, Baskets succeeds on the strength of its deadpan delivery and terrific cast.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 21, 2016
2
Air date: Jan 28, 2016
3
Air date: Feb 4, 2016
4
Air date: Feb 11, 2016
5
Air date: Feb 18, 2016
6
Air date: Feb 25, 2016
7
Air date: Mar 3, 2016
8
Air date: Mar 10, 2016
9
Air date: Mar 17, 2016
10
Air date: Mar 24, 2016

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Zach Galifianakis stars as Chip Baskets, a downtrodden would-be professional clown, in the premiere season of "Baskets," a single-camera comedy series he co-created with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. After failing to make it through an internationally renowned clown college, Chip struggles to get his career as a professional clown off the ground. Chip must persevere through a series of tragicomic personal and professional setbacks, as he attempts to continue pursuing his dream. Also starring: Martha Kelly and Louie Anderson.

Cast

Zach Galifianakis
as Chip Baskets
Martha Kelly
as Martha
Sabina Sciubba
as Penelope
Ernest Adams
as Eddie
Louie Anderson
as Christine Baskets
Malia Pyles
as Sarah Baskets
Tom Proctor
as Bingo the Clown
Chris McLaughlin
as Cowboy Steve
Dan Gilvezan
as Soundman
Rocky McDonald
as Cowboy Rick
Raymond Ma
as Store Clerk
Ivy Jones
as Grandma
Salvator Xuereb
as Professor Thibidieux
Shel Rasten
as Farm Boy
Vahe Bejan
as Electronics Clerk
Sally Brooks
as Pet Store Employee
Dan Cole
as Middle Aged Guy
Pierson Ryan
as Student #1
Pedro Lopez
as Janitor
Rose Castelli
as Student #2
Reggie De Leon
as Student #3
A.J. Rivera
as Delivery Guy
Heather Olt
as Coach Hillridge
Mikel Chase
as Radio DJ
Miles Anderson
as Professor Henri
Jackson Nunez
as Boy/King Lear
John O'Leary
as Elderly Man
Logan John Schaefer
as Easter Egg Boy
Eve Brenner
as Martha's Mother
Roger V. Burton
as Martha's Father
Jeff Davis
as Neil Diamond
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Critic Reviews for Baskets Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (23)

[Galifianakis is] really, really good at drawing the humor out of that kind of character, and maybe the most promising thing about this new series is watching him take that in a deeper, stranger direction. I'm excited to see where it goes.

Jan 22, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Baskets builds into a character-study treasure, much like FX precursor Louie.

Jan 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

When a Pierrot is gored by a bull, one should be worried, not thrilled. But Baskets is so smug, so condescending to everyone around him that for just a moment, we're rooting for that bull.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A comedy that inspires more pathos than laughter isn't necessarily failed. It just might be mislabeled.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Anderson is an odd ray of sweetness inside all of Baskets' bitterness, and it's hard not to laugh at that.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…

In the very likable Baskets... pathos and indignity are the dominant tones.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The humor of Zach Galifianakis is not close nor accessible, it is complicated, but above all his humor is his. More similar to Andy Kaufman than to Adam Sandler. No one can plagiarize his voice. That's the best of Baskets. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Baskets is a noble effort, but it's so specific it ends up being self-contained.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

"I'll take happiness where I can find it," Chip says... There's not much of that here, but plenty of humor, if you know where to look, in Baskets.

Jan 19, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Baskets is a darkly humorous, razor sharp comedy that uses everything in Zach Galifianakis' arsenal to get laughs, and it succeeds every step of the way.

Jan 19, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Baskets: Season 1

Funny and original I can’t recommend this show enough.

While Zach Galifianakis has become a household name thanks to his Hollywood success, his true talents have always came out more through his idiosyncratic stand-up, and Baskets is the closest he's come to capturing that in a histrionic sense. Co-creator Louis C.K.'s fingerprints are all over the project with its somberly-comic tone, and arthouse-inspired filmmaking, but it's less self-deprecating than Louie, and also more serialized. Over the course of this first season's ten episodes, the main cast is all developed to a rich degree, with Galiafianakis finding pathos in his dual role, and Louie Anderson proving to be a brilliant casting choice for Baskets' overbearing-yet-complex mother. It perhaps could have been a bit more uproarious at parts (it's not as hilarious as Louie or Master of None), but it's a firmly impressive debut season that knows exactly how a droll American comedy should function.

I love it! Wonderful story of a terribly flawed, but genuinely soulful clown played by the brilliant Galifianakis. Zack plays two hilarious roles as equally idiotic twins blumbering through life in opposite crash courses. The show has heart, and embraces dark sides of life and celebrates its humor with brilliant writing, and performances. This show is a joy. Anderson as the menaposal mother Christine is a stroke of genius. Bravo all!

A fantastic show. Acting, characters, writing. No doubt the humor is specific. But the story line and entertainment progression is unique.

Deadpan. Dry. Full of heart and deep emotion. An amazing show that I recommend to anyone with a good sense of humor, crippling depression, and who wants to see a terrible person go through terrible things and STILL feel for him.

Suffers through its completely absurd and surreal nature from a confused identity as it clumsily straddles between comedy and drama, completely misfiring on both cylinders.

Zach Galifianakis and the plot make this show alright, but it's disappointing when Louis C.K.'s stand up has made me fall on the floor crying.

From Zach Galifianakis comes the freshman FX comedy Baskets. After failing out of clown school in France Chip Baskets (played by Galifianakis) returns to his hometown and takes a job as a rodeo clown. The comedy is fairly clever and features a lot of dry humor and sight gags. Also, the aesthetic is surprisingly gritty; lacking the typical Hollywood sheen that most shows have. However, the writing is kind of weak, as some of the plot threads throughout the episodes are poorly developed and don't really payoff. Yet, Season 1 of Baskets is entertaining and has a certain charm to it.

Dann M Super Reviewer

I really like this show! Great performances and a wacky story line.

I am generally opposed to reviewing TV on this site, but this series has enough film quality to warrant recommendation. Zack Galifianakis plays a literal clown, Chip Baskets, who reluctantly returns to the bosom of his mother after failing out of French clown school and losing his weekly rental motel room. Finding some shred of dignity but no money in rodeo clowning and deeply estranged from his French green card wife that he is smitten with, Chip is barely hacking life on his own when a bee-instigated crash wrecks his scooter and he forms a strange codependent bond with his claim adjuster, Martha. His three brothers, one a twin (Dale, also played by Galifianakis) and the other two a set of adopted world traveler DJs that are openly preferred by their mother, gnaw at the tattered edges of Chips's broken ego after he moves back in with his mother Charlotte, played brilliantly by Louie Anderson. If you've read anything else about this show, you likely already know that Anderson is in the role of his career, adding depth and complexity to a character that is otherwise treated as a shallow archetype. His performance is outstanding because it is not exaggerated drag but an honest portrayal with the perfect amount of maudlin despondency and endearing earnestness. To my limited memory, it's also the only vivid portrayal of sugar addiction. This is one of the best dramedies I've seen in a long time. The characters are genuinely funny people without becoming hackneyed sketches and the dilemmas are simple but compelling. You can easily watch this without an ounce of guilt, but get up from or pass out on the couch feeling ineffably changed and moved by the piece.

_kelly . Super Reviewer

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