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It is not as original, lacerating, or self-aware as Louie and Girls, the progenitors of this trend, or as good as Transparent, the perfector of it, but it contains a deep and precise character sketch.
Flaked is to be commended for really capturing its setting, shooting very clearly on location and focusing on the issues facing this community right now.
A good portrait of a fallen man and the place he has fallen into. Promising - but also frustrating.
Perhaps the problem is that we've seen this story too many times: upper-middle-class white men behaving like frat bros and overcoming their malaise through the love of a good (young) woman.
Flaked almost succeeds in tricking you into thinking it's a love story, but it's not. It's really a story about male friendship - insecure, immature and loyal.
Audience Reviews for Flaked: Season 1
I'm a bit conflicted by this show. All the characters have these flaws that I dislike, and keep repeating the same mistakes over and over, but I find myself rooting for them anyway. The story becomes very formulaic: secret revealed, fallout, reconciliation, another secret revealed, etc.. Nonetheless, a good cast, a great score, and short episodes keep me interested.
Deliberately slow, the show builds a dark shadow lightened by comedy, friendship, altruism and community. It explores the depths of the personality of addiction. It has a Cheers-like quality (not to mention an episode featuring Kirstie Alley); Venice is the place where everybody knows your name. Chip is a complex character and there's not yet a clear verdict on whiether he is a folk hero or a serial liar with an angle on every situation. It's a complex and slightly heady show; I sure hope Netflix will bring us Season Two. Will Arnette and company have a winner that may never be a mainstream success, but likely produce a strong following.
Will Arnett stars in the Netflix original series Flaked, a dark comedy about a group of miscreants who hang around Venice Beach. In Season 1 recovering alcoholic Chip befriends a local waitress with a dark secret and works to save the lease on his carpentry workshop. The show has a fairly good cast that delivers some strong performances: particularly Will Arnett and Ruth Kearney. Additionally, a couple of special guest stars are featured, including Heather Graham, Kirstie Alley, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Overall, the characters are rather fun and have a bit of mystery to them. However the writing is kind of weak; as it doesn't develop many of the supporting characters and leaves a lot of loose plot threads. Still, for a short 8 episode first season Flaked is entertaining and shows potential.
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