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Baskets: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Though its themes may be unpleasant for some and LOL moments are few and far between, Baskets succeeds on the strength of its deadpan delivery and terrific cast.


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Zach Galifianakis stars as Chip Baskets, a downtrodden would-be professional clown, in the premiere season of "Baskets," a single-camera comedy series he co-created with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. After failing to make it through an internationally renowned clown college, Chip struggles to get his career as a professional clown off the ground. Chip must persevere through a series of tragicomic personal and professional setbacks, as he attempts to continue pursuing his dream. Also starring: Martha Kelly and Louie Anderson.


Zach Galifianakis
as Chip Baskets
Louie Anderson
as Christine Baskets
Malia Pyles
as Sarah Baskets
Tom Proctor
as Bingo the Clown
Chris McLaughlin
as Cowboy Steve
Dan Gilvezan
as Soundman
Rocky McDonald
as Cowboy Rick
Raymond Ma
as Store Clerk
Ivy Jones
as Grandma
Salvator Xuereb
as Professor Thibidieux
Shel Rasten
as Farm Boy
Vahe Bejan
as Electronics Clerk
Sally Brooks
as Pet Store Employee
Dan Cole
as Middle Aged Guy
Pierson Ryan
as Student #1
Pedro Lopez
as Janitor
Rose Castelli
as Student #2
Reggie De Leon
as Student #3
A.J. Rivera
as Delivery Guy
Heather Olt
as Coach Hillridge
Mikel Chase
as Radio DJ
Miles Anderson
as Professor Henri
Jackson Nunez
as Boy/King Lear
John O'Leary
as Elderly Man
Logan John Schaefer
as Easter Egg Boy
Eve Brenner
as Martha's Mother
Roger V. Burton
as Martha's Father
Jeff Davis
as Neil Diamond
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Critic Reviews for Baskets: Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (23)

[Galifianakis is] really, really good at drawing the humor out of that kind of character, and maybe the most promising thing about this new series is watching him take that in a deeper, stranger direction. I'm excited to see where it goes.

January 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Baskets builds into a character-study treasure, much like FX precursor Louie.

January 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A comedy that inspires more pathos than laughter isn't necessarily failed. It just might be mislabeled.

January 21, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Anderson is an odd ray of sweetness inside all of Baskets' bitterness, and it's hard not to laugh at that.

January 21, 2016 | Full Review…

In the very likable Baskets... pathos and indignity are the dominant tones.

January 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Baskets: Season 1

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.


Super Reviewer

I am generally opposed to reviewing TV on this site, but this series has enough film quality to warrant recommendation. Zack Galifianakis plays a literal clown, Chip Baskets, who reluctantly returns to the bosom of his mother after failing out of French clown school and losing his weekly rental motel room. Finding some shred of dignity but no money in rodeo clowning and deeply estranged from his French green card wife that he is smitten with, Chip is barely hacking life on his own when a bee-instigated crash wrecks his scooter and he forms a strange codependent bond with his claim adjuster, Martha. His three brothers, one a twin (Dale, also played by Galifianakis) and the other two a set of adopted world traveler DJs that are openly preferred by their mother, gnaw at the tattered edges of Chips's broken ego after he moves back in with his mother Charlotte, played brilliantly by Louie Anderson. If you've read anything else about this show, you likely already know that Anderson is in the role of his career, adding depth and complexity to a character that is otherwise treated as a shallow archetype. His performance is outstanding because it is not exaggerated drag but an honest portrayal with the perfect amount of maudlin despondency and endearing earnestness. To my limited memory, it's also the only vivid portrayal of sugar addiction. This is one of the best dramedies I've seen in a long time. The characters are genuinely funny people without becoming hackneyed sketches and the dilemmas are simple but compelling. You can easily watch this without an ounce of guilt, but get up from or pass out on the couch feeling ineffably changed and moved by the piece.


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