I love this show so much. Louie Anderson is absolutely brilliant as Christine Baskets, and the second season really allows Christine's character to blossom. She is one of the most *human* characters on television. She's bubbly and friendly, but in personal moments you see her when she's struggling to take care of her adult kids, her aging mother, dealing with her weight and diabetes, when she's lonely, how she's coming to terms with a life that just didn't quite turn out like she'd planned. In the wrong hands, Christine's character could have been a cruel plot device, a fat man dressed in women's clothes for a cheap laugh. But Anderson and his fellow writers have made me absolutely fall in love with this TV mom; I root for her more than anyone else on the show. Something I never expected when I started watching a dark comedy about a cloon.
The writers and producers of Baskets took the show to another level in season two. The storylines did spend more time on character development, especially with Christine Baskets. Episodes this season also spotlight Chip and Dale, Martha, and the other twins Cody and Logan. I felt that even with some episodes focusing on a specific character, the show still managed to retain the feel of an ensemble cast. Louie Anderson is brilliant as always in this role and demonstrated why he won his primetime Emmy for season one. Zach Galifianakis also demonstrated his acting depth this season. Yes, it does have its physical, slapstick humor that the show is known for. Yet, it also manages to display intelligence when exploring depth of emotions when the characters are faced with problems. I have read that some fans of the show want more Christine, but the show really does work best as an ensemble cast. Having a quirky, sometimes annoying, but lovable family that grows on you and that you root for as the Baskets story continues to evolve allows the fans to respond to the humanity displayed in each episode. This is a show that needs to be watched in its entirety as watching brief season clips does not capture the heart of the show and may turn off potential viewers. Highly recommend that you watch Baskets and stick with the show as it just continues to get better and better. Season 3 should premiere on FX in January 2018.
Emmy for Zach!, please. His "performances" of twins sets a new high bar. I love this show. Certainly unpredictable, cleverly sardonic, and at times emotionally wrenching. Louis Anderson deserves another Emmy. Martha is brilliant as well, adding more to the mixed bag of unique characters. Many of the smaller parts are memorable and will most likely launch some new careers. I'm hoping for a third season at least.
This is my favorite TV Series of all times. The characters are hilarious. The situations are completely unpredictable. The fastest 30 minutes in TV. Chip (Zach Galifianakis) couldn't be more pathetic, and thereby more endearing. If you think you've got problems...
Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets (the mother of the main character(s) both played as twins by Zach G) is freaking awesome! She is far and away my favorite character in a series that I've seen in a long, long time. I thought that him being an overweight, middle aged male actor dressed up as a woman was going to be a "gag" for humor- but instead Louie makes Christine seem very real, and somebody I'd want to know in real life too. The second season focuses more on her character and her struggles with her sometimes awful grown kids, her health, her mother and her shot at romance. If you're looking for laugh out loud funny- there are a few moments but that's not what the series is about. But if you like quirky characters played by actors who seem 100% into their role and a mix of absurdity, humor and really poignant moments as you learn a little more about each character with every episode.... than this is the show for you!
Louie Anderson is FABULOUS!!! I bought the second season for Anderson's portrayal of a mother whose children don't appreciate her. the Christine character tries so hard to find joy in life. She finds it in little things and I feel happy when she does.