Baskets: Season 2 (2017)


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Air date: Jan 19, 2017

In the second season premiere, Chip chooses between a tarp and snacks.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2017

Chips uses the cowboy toilet.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2017

Chip gets arrested, which interrupts Christine's water aerobics schedule.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2017

Chip laments Ronald Reagan for giving up his acting career.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2017

Chip returns to Bakersfield with Christine, bringing an end to Dale's dog days.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2017

Martha gets Chip a gig at a car crash.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2017

Christine tries a Denver omelette in Denver.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2017

Cody gets punched when someone tries to attack Logan.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2017

Martha learns to haggle.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2017

In the Season 2 finale, Christine turns to Arby's when Chip joins the Russians.

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The second season of this FX original comedy series finds the titular Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis), a struggling clown, in the midst of an unraveling marriage and a failing career. As his chances of making it as a professional clown look increasingly unlikely, Chip persists in his shaky attempts at pursuing his dream and finding romance along the way. This season, Chip's mother, Christine (Louie Anderson), also embarks on her own journey as she seeks personal fulfillment and focuses on her own happiness instead of that of her children. Also starring Martha Kelly and Sabina Sciubba.


Zach Galifianakis
as Chip Baskets
Martha Kelly
as Martha
Sabina Sciubba
as Penelope
Ernest Adams
as Eddie
Louie Anderson
as Christine Baskets

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Critic Reviews for Baskets Season 2

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

This is about Baskets, a show that made enough of an impact that Louie Anderson won a very much deserved Emmy but that not too many people are writing think pieces about. But maybe they should be

Jan 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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Baskets will never be a walk in the park. And it no doubt remains too dark for many. Some rays of light are showing, though... Nothing overly warm and toasty, mind you. But some welcome little thaws.

Jan 18, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The chemistry between Anderson and Galifianakis drives the best parts of the new season, but it's not at the expense of sharp humor, biting irony and plummeting self worth rendered funny by its sheer hopelessness.

Jan 19, 2017 | Full Review…

As before, Anderson is something beyond brilliant. Making tender a role that could easily become grotesque, he is completely alive as Christine. There isn't a line that comes from his mouth that doesn't seem to have been born in the moment he speaks it.

Jan 17, 2017 | Full Review…

FX's beautifully melancholy Baskets only gets more solemn, sad, strange, sympathetic and singular with its richly poignant second season. In our clownish world, Zach Galifianakis continues to provide the laughter and pain in equal measures.

Jan 19, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The shallowness of the American Dreams in Baskets are a direct function of the bland comfort a corporate suburban existence makes possible.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

So lovely. So strange. So happy FX continues to make a place for it on my TV.

Mar 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Baskets is full of the kind of people whom pop culture rarely bothers to humanize: the elderly, the obese, the destitute. It's simultaneously wondrous and heartbreaking.

Jan 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Lots of the laughs come from the kind of physical comedy that used to appear in silent movies.

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Audience Reviews for Baskets: Season 2

  • May 06, 2017
    FX's dark comedy Baskets continues to clown around in Season 2. After leaving home Chip Baskets joins a homeless group of street performers, but is forced to seek help from his mother when tragedy strikes. And while helping her son, Mrs. Baskets strikes up an unlikely friendship that leads to something more. This season Louie Anderson steps up and takes on a bigger role, and Zach Galifianakis stretches himself a bit, doing more switches between twin brothers Chip and Dale; further developing each of them. Yet the writing is still pretty weak, letting some of the sketches go on too long and leaving several story threads undeveloped. Still, Season 2 of Baskets, while it has problems, delivers some laughs and has some poignant things to say about family.
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  • May 01, 2020
    I thought this show was a comedy... it is consistently hilarious, but I did not expect to get this attached to the characters.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    Mrs Baskets is one of the best characters ever on TV in her utter realness. She's everyone's mom. I'm perpetually afraid that they will hurt her but that also makes her compelling and poignant.
  • Jul 09, 2019
    Excellent stuff. Characters deepen and ripen. Quite enjoyed it.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Maintains everything that made the first season great.
  • Feb 14, 2018
    Baskets finds a stronger voice in its sophomore year, offering a series that is both more vibrant and affecting. The writers really went all out this year in finding fresh scenarios for the Baskets to get into, and there's plenty of slapstick-ey set-pieces that work wonders with the show's carnival-esque aethetic. Zach Galifianakis continues to do his best work to date here too, with his protagonist of Chip Baskets being about as lovable a loser they come, and possibly the closest we'll ever get to a cinematic interpretation of A Conferderacy of Dunces' Ignatius J. Reilly (a role that Galifianakis had indeed been plugged for in a film adaptation). Still, like the first season, perhaps the real star of Baskets is that of Louie Anderson, as his portrayal of Christine is amusing and sympathetic in a way few would expect, and the writers continue to find more intriguing layers to give to her character. Poetic, somber and gently hilarious, Baskets is proof that there is still much more potential to be found in tv series of the post-Louie variety.
  • Jan 16, 2018
    I laughed I literally cried and I loved this show... this show is WAY underrated but its one of the most charming and down to earth shows I've ever seen. More of a drama than a comedy.
  • Jan 03, 2018
    I am surprised that the ratings for this show are so high. I really like it, but I know others that hate it. You will only have to watch about 5 minutes to see which side you are on. But, I for one and thrilled it is doing well and can't wait for season 3!
  • Jul 29, 2017
    Its unconventional deadpan atmosphere may be too grim for some, but Zach Galiafianakis' and Louie Anderson's comic timing are spot-on.
  • 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!

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