Baskets: Season 1 Reviews

  • Sep 04, 2019

    This show is not really a comedy. It is funny, absurd, and slap-stick, though, and has a sweetness to it that makes it not a drama. It's not like anything you've ever seen before. But you want the characters to succeed somehow. You can relate — especially if you know the California culture from whence they come.

    This show is not really a comedy. It is funny, absurd, and slap-stick, though, and has a sweetness to it that makes it not a drama. It's not like anything you've ever seen before. But you want the characters to succeed somehow. You can relate — especially if you know the California culture from whence they come.

  • Jul 09, 2019

    Enjoyed the weird, unpredictable behavior of the characters. Quite a fun ride.

    Enjoyed the weird, unpredictable behavior of the characters. Quite a fun ride.

  • Oct 07, 2018

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

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

  • Feb 09, 2018

    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.

    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.

  • Apr 18, 2017

    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!

    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!

  • Apr 15, 2017

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

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

  • Jun 23, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Jun 19, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • May 23, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Dann M Super Reviewer
    May 22, 2016

    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.

    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.