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Baskets is an American black comedy television series that premiered on January 21, 2016 on FX.[2] The series was co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, who is also the showrunner. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown in Paris, who instead becomes a local rodeo clown in Bakersfield, California and his twin brother Dale Baskets. Galifianakis, C.K., M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph serve as executive producers, with FX Productions and Pig Newton as production companies.[3] On February 23, 2016, FX renewed the series for a second season,[4] which premiered on January 19, 2017.[5] On March 9, 2017, FX renewed the show for a third season.[6]

Baskets
Baskets FX.png
Promotional poster
Genre Black comedy
Comedy-drama
Surreal humour
Created by
Starring
Theme music composer Andrew Bird[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Louis C.K.
  • Zach Galifianakis
  • Jonathan Krisel
  • M. Blair Breard
  • Dave Becky
  • Marc Gurvitz
  • Andrea Pett-Joseph
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 21–25 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network FX
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release January 21, 2016 (2016-01-21) – present
External links
www.fxnetworks.com/shows/baskets/episodes

Contents

PremiseEdit

With hopes and dreams, Chip Baskets aims to become a professional clown. After failing to get a degree at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, he is stuck with a job at a local rodeo in his hometown of Bakersfield, California.

CastEdit

Main castEdit

  • Zach Galifianakis as twin brothers Chip Baskets and Dale Baskets.
  • Martha Kelly as Martha Brooks,[7] a low-key insurance agent who is Chip's only friend while tolerating his angry and rude treatment of her.
  • Louie Anderson[7] as Christine Baskets, mother of Chip and Dale.

Recurring castEdit

  • Sabina Sciubba as Penelope,[7] a French woman who is married to Chip, but outright tells him she does not love him at all and only married him so she could live in America.
  • Ernest Adams[7] as Eddie, the owner and manager of the Buckaroo Rodeo, who hires Chip because he gives a job to anyone who actually wants to work there for low pay and at huge injury cost, and who later promotes Chip to "head clown".
  • Ellen D. Williams as Nicole Baskets, Dale's wife.
  • Malia Pyles as Sarah Baskets, Dale's elder daughter.
  • Julia Rose Gruenberg as Crystal Baskets, Dale's younger daughter.

ProductionEdit

In December 2013, Louis C.K's production company, Pig Newton, signed a deal with FX for him to create new shows for their various networks. FX ordered a pilot episode for Baskets with C.K. and Galifianakis to co-write, and Galifianakis to star.[8] On August 27, 2014, FX picked up the show for a 10-episode first season with production to commence in 2015.[3]

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Renoir" Jonathan Krisel Louis C.K. & Zach Galifianakis & Jonathan Krisel January 21, 2016 (2016-01-21) XBS01001 1.04[9]
Chip Baskets pursues his dreams of being a professional clown but finds as much failure there as he does in his personal and family lives.
2 2 "Trainee" Jonathan Krisel Rebecca Drysdale January 28, 2016 (2016-01-28) XBS01003 0.658[10]
Chip mentors a Juggalo devotee at the rodeo, while Martha tries to sell a Costco membership so she won't get fired.
3 3 "Strays" Jonathan Krisel Graham Wagner February 4, 2016 (2016-02-04) XBS01002 0.625[11]
Martha faces a problem at home, while Chip meets his wife's lover.
4 4 "Easter in Bakersfield" Jonathan Krisel Samuel D. Hunter February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11) XBS01004 0.567[12]
The Easter holiday brings more strife, but also some understanding, to the Baskets family.
5 5 "Uncle Dad" Jonathan Krisel Samuel D. Hunter February 18, 2016 (2016-02-18) XBS01005 0.649[13]
While Chip and Martha spend an eye-opening day watching Dale's kids, Christine finally meets Penelope.
6 6 "DJ Twins" Jonathan Krisel Jonathan Krisel February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25) XBS01006 0.483[14]
Chip's potential big break comes as his mom's favored second set of twins bring their DJ act to Bakersfield.
7 7 "Cowboys" Jonathan Krisel Graham Wagner March 3, 2016 (2016-03-03) XBS01007 0.399[15]
Rodeo boss Eddie enlists Chip and Martha to join him on a road trip that could end in violence.
8 8 "Sugar Pie" Jonathan Krisel Jonathan Krisel March 10, 2016 (2016-03-10) XBS01008 0.396[16]
Christine Baskets suffers a serious health crisis that affects her sons in different ways.
9 9 "Picnic" Jonathan Krisel Rebecca Drysdale March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17) XBS01009 0.500[17]
Chip reminisces about happier times in Paris with Penelope, as Christine takes a turn for the worse.
10 10 "Family Portrait" Jonathan Krisel Jonathan Krisel March 24, 2016 (2016-03-24) XBS01010 0.564[18]
A perceived betrayal by Dale, further rejection by Penelope, and the closing of the rodeo cause Chip's life to unravel completely.

Season 2 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11 1 "Freaks" Jonathan Krisel Jonathan Krisel January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19) XBS02001 0.656[19]
Chip continues the hobo life by cashlessly riding the rails (and being violently ejected from them) before he falls in with a homeless clown troupe where he enjoys performing and having companions but is disturbed by other aspects of their lifestyle.
12 2 "Reverie" Jonathan Krisel Graham Wagner January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) XBS02002 0.518[20]
As Chip continues to reluctantly stick with the hobo clowns, he flashes back to his rodeo days and some surprising good and bad times, until a shocking death leads to his arrest and a route back to his old life.
13 3 "Bail" Jonathan Krisel Samuel D. Hunter February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02) XBS02003 0.362[21]
Christine ponders motherhood and her path to a healthy life when she goes to bail Chip out of jail. Back in Bakersfield, Dale seeks romance and completely fails.
14 4 "Ronald Reagan Library" Jonathan Krisel Samuel D. Hunter February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09) XBS02004 0.515[22]
Christine and her new friend Ken visit the Reagan Library and reflect on their shared parenting experiences and different political views, while Chip undertakes a mission to properly say goodbye to his late friend Morpheus.
15 5 "Fight" Jonathan Krisel Graham Wagner February 16, 2017 (2017-02-16) XBS02005 0.463[23]
Christine leaves Dale and Chip at home for a shopping trip to Costco and a nice lunch with Martha. Her sons end up in an escalating battle that includes destroyed property and a mission to rescue Christine's cat that ends up being a cause for catharsis.
16 6 "Marthager" Jonathan Krisel Karen Kilgariff & Graham Wagner February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23) XBS02006 0.460[24]
An angry Christine throws Chip and Dale out of the house they badly damaged, and spends some surprisingly useful time with her aging mother. Chip enlists Martha to become his manager, but after a more established clown-for-hire service gets him real work and fires her, he admits that Martha is a true friend to him.
17 7 "Denver" Jonathan Krisel Samuel D. Hunter March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02) XBS02007 0.500[25]
Christine travels to Denver and spends the day with her friend, Ken, and his family. Chip, with Martha's help, tries to take Meemaw to the doctor, but has an eventful day at the casino with a shocking ending.
18 8 "Funeral" Jonathan Krisel Jonathan Krisel & Rachele Lynn March 9, 2017 (2017-03-09) XBS02008 0.517[26]
The family comes together to say goodbye to a loved one. Christine has an honest conversation with her dishonest brother about their childhood. Chip and Dale help Cody and Logan reconcile and a surprising assist from Penelope lands the DJ Twins new work.
19 9 "Yard Sale" Jonathan Krisel Jonathan Krisel March 16, 2017 (2017-03-16) XBS02009 0.391[27]
Martha is left to handle a yard sale of Meemaw's old items, as the Baskets family tends to several situations: Chip's effort to help his former hobo-clown friend Trinity, Dale helping Sarah get out of a crisis and facing bad news at work, and Christine once again giving her selfish brother Jim a dose of reality.
20 10 "Circus" Jonathan Krisel Jonathan Krisel March 23, 2017 (2017-03-23) XBS02010 0.442[28]
Christine ponders how to help her family post-inheritance while Ken comes to visit her and Chip sees a great opportunity at a Russian traveling circus turn into another bitter disappointment, before Christine joins Chip, Dale and herself in a new venture.

ReceptionEdit

Baskets has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season 70% with an average score of 7.4 out of 10, based on 36 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "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."[29] On Metacritic, the first season holds a score of 68 out of 100, based on 32 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[30]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Louie Anderson Won [31]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won [32]
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Zach Galifianakis Pending [33]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Louie Anderson Pending [34]

BroadcastEdit

Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on January 26, 2016.[35] It aired in the UK on Fox from April 13, 2017.[36]

ReferencesEdit

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