Baskets: Season 1 Reviews

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January 21, 2016
As we all know from the Hangover movies, a little Galifianakis goes a very long way. It's good to know there's something more to Baskets than a creep in greasepaint. The delicious misery here is evenly spread.
January 21, 2016
If you know what to expect going in, it's very entertaining, due in large part to the great performances. Galifianakis sells the sad clown...and Anderson is perfect as his depressed (and kind of terrible) mother.
January 21, 2016
The odd appeal of the whole show [is] an absurdity that is disturbing real, funny at times, and depressing at others.
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 21, 2016
In the very likable Baskets... pathos and indignity are the dominant tones.
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 20, 2016
Between its Marcel Marceau aspirations and its bull-taunting stunts, it's a good mix of highbrow humor and silly, kick-in-the-pants laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 20, 2016
Galifianakis delivers a remarkable performance, connected enough to his star persona to make the work accessible but pitched at a new level of mania.
January 20, 2016
For Baskets, there's prime comedy to be mined from the worst parts of being alive: loneliness, jealousy, damaged psyches and families that do more harm than good.
January 20, 2016
Its trials and tribulations pole vault over those on HBO's Girls, but without getting all whiny and preachy about it. Galifianakis, Anderson and Kelly fit their roles like the thick rubber gloves used in emptying human waste from portable johns.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 20, 2016
Strange and surreal more frequently than it's flat-out funny, Baskets wants the laughs to catch in your throat long enough for it to ask why you're amused by its characters' sorrows in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 19, 2016
It's one of those intriguing and addictive shows that could succeed without ever really taking its viewers anywhere, if only it would make them feel a bit more welcome on the journey.
January 19, 2016
Baskets is bold, it is courageous, but it doesn't really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2016
I will say this: Louie Anderson is the best part of this show. If you haven't yet, don't even look up the reason why. Just watch.
January 19, 2016
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 19, 2016
By the time episodes four and five roll around, Baskets hits its stride in earnest, gracefully balancing absurdity and despair, hostility and humanity, pratfalls and pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 19, 2016
After the promising first episode, Baskets wanders, becoming a sour, rambling sendup of strip-mall American life.
January 19, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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