Louie Anderson Once Again Steals the Show in this Comedy about The Baskets Family
Christine Baskets is easily one of the greatest ‘TV Moms’ of all time. The Republican voting, Costco shopping, Arby’s loving, single mom of two sets of twins is always there for her family. You almost forget that Louis Anderson, the 64-year-old comedian is the one behind the makeup and long hair.
Anderson won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the endearing mother in the first season of the show. Wisely the creators of the show, Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K., turn the spotlight on Christine to feature her more in the second season of Baskets. She is easily the best of part of the whole series.
However, that’s not to say that Zach Galifianakis isn’t amazing as twin brothers, Chip and Dale. Chip Baskets is the show’s main character. The series primary storyline follows the man, as he tries to live out his life-long goal as a professional clown. He even went to school in France to perfect his art.
Pulling double duty, Galifianakis also plays his twin brother Dale. Dale is the President of a trade school whose face is plastered on billboards all over California. The two brothers are constantly at each other’s throats and it’s Christine who keeps the feuding brothers in line.
As the second season of the series starts, Chip is train hopping across California after losing his job when the rodeo in town closes. Dale is in similar dumps after having an affair on his wife with Chip’s friend Martha. Dale has been kicked out of the house and must shack up with his mom for the time being. Both brothers continue to find trouble and it’s up to Christine to figure out what’s best for her family, to keep it together.
Furthermore, throughout the season, the show continues to highlight Louis Anderson’s Christine more and more. Her character has the most complete and interesting arc of all the family members. She has a love interest, she loses someone close to her, and she makes a big decision at the end of the season that excites fans for the what the third season will behold. With more screen time for Christine, Louis Anderson might be looking at a nomination for Best Lead Actor Emmy. Anyway he receives it, a nomination (and another win) is very deserving.
All in all, the second season of Baskets is a big improvement over the first, and the first was really good. With great performances from the cast of complex characters, it’s easy to find a favorite. Outside of Christine, of course. Louis Anderson and Zach Galifianakis are brilliant as the core of the Baskets family. However, don’t forget about the deadpan Martha Kelly. She’s not too shabby herself.
If you’ve missed out on the first two seasons of Baskets while it aired on FX, do yourself a favor and go catch up on FXNow. The series is one of the best comedies on television right now.
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