Ben Cohen/FX
Melissa Maerz
January 20, 2016 AT 03:55 PM EST

Baskets

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
1
run date
01/21/16
performer
Zach Galifianakis
broadcaster
FX
genre
Comedy

We gave it an B+

Created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), Baskets follows sad sack Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), who trains at a fancy Paris clown school only to end up back home in Bakersfield, Calif., working as a rodeo clown. And like any good clown, the show is less ha-ha funny than funny-weird. There’s one classic comedy-routine bit where Baskets annoys a drive-through clerk by ordering every obscure brand of soda. (“Tangerine Fanta, please?”) But the best moments come from nuances, not jokes, like the fact that Louie Anderson plays Baskets’ mom, or the endless array of unflattering dresses worn by Baskets’ insurance agent (Martha Kelly). Between its Marcel Marceau aspirations and its bull-taunting stunts, it’s a good mix of highbrow humor and silly, kick-in-the-pants laughs. B+

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