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Baskets "Trainee" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Part of the fun of watching a new series is seeing how the writers and performers navigate different comedic and dramatic rhythms. For most new shows, not everything works right away, and there’s a built-in grace period where the talent figures out their strengths and weaknesses. Arguably the best thing about Baskets is that it knows exactly what kind of show it wants to be from the first few minutes of the pilot. It can deftly move between broad slapstick and nuanced character drama, and most importantly, mine comedy from its characters’ behavior while also still sympathizing with their general plight. Both the humor and pathos mainly derive from Chip’s delusional dream, which can only happen if it’s taken at face value.

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