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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 21, 2016
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis) dreams of being a French clown but real life interferes with his plans.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Jan 19, 2016
    100
    Absurd is the best way to describe the Zach Galifianakis-fronted comedy, like absurdly funny, the way “Portlandia” is on IFC.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jan 19, 2016
    83
    As with all things bitter, it’s an acquired taste, but worth the time it takes to get there.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 21, 2016
    80
    A dark and strangely beautiful new sitcom.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 19, 2016
    75
    With her understated, monotone delivery no matter the situation, Kelly just might be the comedic find of the season. Galifianakis delivers a finely tuned grump as Chip and an over-the-top shrew as Dale. Under co-creator, executive producer and director Jonathan Krisel’s sensitive care, Baskets is a funny show about sad people.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Jan 22, 2016
    60
    Baskets is so naturalistic it’s almost whimsical. Except it’s so definitely lacks any whimsy that all of its naturalism can actually be stale.
  6. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 21, 2016
    50
    I wish desperately that it wanted to be funnier. The only real smiles come from Louie Anderson as the clown's mother.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jan 6, 2016
    38
    Baskets settles for being a dingy theater of humiliation, like the very worst scenes in Todd Solondz's films, without the visual flare or bold, challenging characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Jan 25, 2016
    10
    People always say they want something different on TV...Well here it is! This is truly a unique and amazing show! This show takes chances andPeople always say they want something different on TV...Well here it is! This is truly a unique and amazing show! This show takes chances and Louie Anderson's performance as Zach mother is truly a revelation! This is a creative masterpiece from great tortured minds. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2016
    10
    This show is amazing the comedy is hilarious and the drama is fantastic. Zach and Louis C.K. have really knocked it out of the park. GreatThis show is amazing the comedy is hilarious and the drama is fantastic. Zach and Louis C.K. have really knocked it out of the park. Great cast and great show can't wait for season 2. Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2016
    10
    Baskets is another brilliant production from Louis CK, Jonathan Krisel, and the wonderfully deadpan Zach Galifinakis. The show is artfullyBaskets is another brilliant production from Louis CK, Jonathan Krisel, and the wonderfully deadpan Zach Galifinakis. The show is artfully filmed and you can sense the attention to detail. It takes several episodes to understand what is so lovely about these quirky characters, but Dale Baskets of Baskets Career College or Martha the Costco insurance adjuster will win you over. Comedy in its highest form. Expand
  4. Mar 13, 2016
    8
    When i found out that Louis C.K. was in the production i had to check it out..Baskets is not a classic sitcom that will make you laugh withWhen i found out that Louis C.K. was in the production i had to check it out..Baskets is not a classic sitcom that will make you laugh with stupid jokes.Sometimes you will feel bad about the misery of this character and this is what Zach Galifanakis doing great.It may not be for all,but i personally enjoy its drama and comedy combination.. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2016
    8
    An absurd story that features the best of Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson, Baskets proved itself to be a unique show. It's not brain deadAn absurd story that features the best of Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson, Baskets proved itself to be a unique show. It's not brain dead comedy created solely for slapstick humor but has a self-depreciating way of portraying the life of its central characters and their actions. Baskets is fresh and has the potential to surprise. Expand
  6. Feb 23, 2016
    6
    This show is trying too hard not to care. TO have a "flip" attitude/perspective of "we made it, watch it if you want to." Which I don't mind,This show is trying too hard not to care. TO have a "flip" attitude/perspective of "we made it, watch it if you want to." Which I don't mind, but generally its not funny. Odd, sure. Unique, granted. But other than a good laugh once or so per episode it not really worth turning to watch for a sole laugh. Glad FX is trying some of this tho. Expand
  7. Jan 24, 2016
    0
    The premise of this show is played out which is pathetic guy who is downtrodden and often humiliated and "look at me I am so pathetic ha-ha".The premise of this show is played out which is pathetic guy who is downtrodden and often humiliated and "look at me I am so pathetic ha-ha". It is just sad to laugh at his misfortune and incompetence. Louis CK does this better because there is a glean in his eye which resembles hope. This show and this character played by Zack feels hopeless. Expand

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