Baskets Series Premiere

Baskets Series Premiere: Will You Join Zach Galifianakis' Circus on FX?

Beginning with The Hangover in 2009, Zach Galifianakis has carved out a healthy film and TV career by playing The Hapless Oddball time and again.

In his rookie FX comedy Baskets, which debuted Thursday night, not much about Galifianakis’ formula has changed, except for the fact that he’s now playing two misfits instead of one.

The first eccentric character is Chip Baskets, the show’s man-child protagonist, who is chasing his dreams of becoming a professional clown with little to no success. Forced to drop out of his schooling at Europe’s Académie de Clown Français, Chip is now attempting to make ends meet as a rodeo clown. (If you’re wondering how well that’s going for him, look no further than the scene in which Chip is mowed down by a bull halfway through an odd interpretive dance routine.)

Then there’s Dale Baskets (also played by Galifianakis), Chip’s slightly more successful twin brother who runs a career college… where you can major in something like “ice cream truck painting.” Follow your dreams, kids!

But Thursday’s series premiere focuses mostly on Chip, who suffers one misfortune after the next: His beloved French scooter is scratched up in an accident. His mother (played by comedy vet Louie Anderson, in a way that feels surprisingly non-gimmicky) continuously talks down to him. He’s forced to live in a motel since the rodeo gig only pays $4 an hour.

The only glimmer of hope for Chip is his newfound friendship with insurance agent Martha (Martha Kelly), who chauffeurs Chip around town while his scooter is under repair. Their bond is a peculiar one — “I meant to tell you the other day that I lost my virginity in this motel,” Martha tells Chip after seeing his living arrangements — but by the end of a very unlucky 30 minutes, Chip is in no position to turn down a friendly face.

What did you think of Baskets‘ series premiere? Grade the episode in our poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!

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  1. Christy says:

    Sounds dreadful.

  2. TV Gord says:

    I thought it was funny and entertaining. I chuckled all the way through, but I’m a Galifianatic.

  3. HAP says:

    Weird and quirky. But what else would you expect when Galifianakis, Louie CK and the guy behind Portlandia put there heads together?

  4. Jason Paul says:

    Guess it’s my sort of humor. I laughed out loud lots.

  5. mike says:

    I watch all kinds of shows, from around the world. The oddball quirky ones can be quite good.
    You are never sure about them.
    This looks like it may work. I liked it. There is another oddball scifi type of show that just came out in Au, called Wizards of Aus. More strange humor.