Baskets: Season 1 Reviews

August 11, 2017
Baskets is a noble effort, but it's so specific it ends up being self-contained.
January 21, 2016
I can't willingly tell you to choose to endure a world so crushingly cruel and myopic that doesn't offer any synthesis or revelation, especially because it's a world that has been so well-plumbed before.
January 21, 2016
Being different just for the sake of being different doesn't work.
January 21, 2016
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.
January 21, 2016
In the increasingly eclectic and overstuffed world of cable comedy, there's a fine line between niche and blech. FX's banal Baskets crosses that line with a patronizing attitude that's as unpleasant as it is unfunny.
January 20, 2016
Chip's sad life is neither funny nor moving; it's just a parade of discomfort, for both the characters and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 20, 2016
Instead of being a classic clown -- one whose misfortunes are borne aloft by lighter laughs, and an implicit invitation to identify with his troubles -- Chip Baskets is most often a selfish creep.
January 20, 2016
While there are some funny moments in Baskets, it's as dry as the Bakersfield landscape if you're looking for laugh-out-loud jokes or situations.
January 19, 2016
Baskets is bold, it is courageous, but it doesn't really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2016
After the promising first episode, Baskets wanders, becoming a sour, rambling sendup of strip-mall American life.
January 19, 2016
Very little of this sad clown's life feels fresh or urgently original.
January 6, 2016
Baskets quickly devolves into a dreadful, if strange and intermittently fascinating, comedy of bleakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4