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Baskets 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2016– )
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After failing at a prestigious French clowning college, Chip Baskets looks to keep his dream of becoming a professional clown alive.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Zach Galifianakis ...  Chip Baskets / ... 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Martha Kelly ...  Martha Brooks 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Louie Anderson ...  Mrs. Baskets / ... 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Ernest Adams ...  Eddie 13 episodes, 2016-2018
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Chip Baskets has a dream: become a classically trained French clown in Paris. Things don't go as well as he'd like, though, largely because of an impenetrable language barrier. With his lack of success overseas and mounting financial problems, Chip moves back home to Bakersfield, Calif., which presents other challenges for the wannabe jester. Going back home means having to confront his past, and compete with his siblings for his mother's approval. Even though he didn't make it as a clown in France, Chip is sort of living his dream -- as a rodeo clown. Written by Jwelch5742

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A clown will rise.

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Comedy | Drama

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USA

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English

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21 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Louie Anderson mirrored the character of Mrs. Baskets after his own mother. See more »

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Subtle, hilarious humor
27 January 2016 | by franka-45009See all my reviews

With a premise this unlikely (though the choice of Bakersfield was intriguing, and echoed "Baskets" nicely), I expected to watch a few minutes then move on, but I watched to the end and was sad it ended.

Wonderfully nuanced humor with a delightfully self-referential twist, the sad-sack doesn't-fit-anywhere loser trying to be a French clown, never realizing that he is the very embodiment of a French clown, complete with pratfalls, botched attempts at grace and beauty, and, above all, his unflagging and ultimately optimistic belief in his quest.

It's understandable that many will dislike this show, for the humor is probably an acquired quirk of a particular personality, but for anyone with that particular quirk, the humor displayed within is fine indeed.


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