Baskets

Black background with text Baskets: The Complete Season One and a picture of a bearded clown who looks melancholy
Zach Galifianakis
5
Apr 21, 2022

I finished watching this series months ago and I found that I just can’t let it go.  I have talked about this series to anyone that will listen.  And now I’m telling you.  The thing is, this show is really hard to describe.  You really just have to watch it.  

Is it funny?  Yes.  Absolutely.  Is it poignant?  Also yes.  Very much so.  Does it have moments of absurdity?  In spades.  Is it also raw and honest and sweetly sad?  Totally.  Will you be tempted to go to Arby’s on your way to Costco after watching?  Possibly. 

Baskets is a show centered on the Baskets family.  Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis) is attending a clown school in Paris and after realizing that it helps to have more than a passing knowledge of the French language to really succeed, he decides to return home to Bakersfield, CA.  But first, he convinces a French woman he’s in love with to marry him so she can get a green card.  Talk about romance!

Dejected and broke, Chip moves in with his mother Christine Baskets (played beautifully by Louie Anderson, who won an Emmy for his performance) and finds a low paying-high risk job as a rodeo clown.  As if that wasn’t humiliating enough, he must also deal with seeing his more successful identical twin Dale Baskets (also played by Zach Galifianakis) on commercials and billboards everywhere around beautiful Bakersfield, CA. 

Though Christine loves both Chip and Dale she doesn’t do anything to hide the fact that her favorite sons are Cody and Logan, her second set of identical twin sons.  Her adopted DJ twin sons.  Her adopted twin son’s who are DJ’s.  Anyway, they are always out DJ'ing some cool party and are mostly unable to make whatever family get together Christine has planned. 

The Baskets family definitely puts the fun in dysfunctional.  There's love too, which makes all the shenanigans that much more real.

The library has all 4 seasons of the show for your viewing pleasure. Baskets, the complete season 1; Baskets, the complete season 2; Baskets, the complete season 3; Baskets, the complete season 4

This show has clowns, Costco, Arby’s, a rodeo, a dysfunctional but loving family, and heart.  Need I say more?

Written by Heather C

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