The comedy-drama series ‘Baskets’ is created by some of the biggest names in the world of comedy — Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel. Galifianakis plays two characters in the series — the leading character Chip Baskets, and his twin brother Dale Baskets. Chip has always wanted to be a professional clown. But he could never manage to get into a school in Paris where all the professional aspects of clowning are taught. Thus, having no chance of making it big as a clown in life, Chip decides that joining a rodeo as a clown is as far as his career will get. He joins the rodeo as he is madly in love with his profession.
The tragicomic situations Chip finds himself in during his career form the crux of the series. The writing and acting in ‘Baskets’ managed to draw immense critical acclaim. If you enjoyed watching this show and are looking for more titles that explore similar ideas and themes, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Baskets’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Baskets’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Dice (2016-2017)
Famous American stand-up comedian Andrew Dice Clay plays himself in this Showtime original series. The story of ‘Dice’ is a fine blend of reality and fiction. In this series, we come to know how Dice lost everything in his life, and how even after the massive tragedy, he still does not lose hope and plans to resurrect his career in any way possible. Dice does not complain about what has gone by. Instead, he begins to pay off all the loans he had accrued while gambling, and even starts managing his son’s heavy metal band. Despite trying to blur the line between reality and fiction, the series did not manage to impress the critics. Showtime canceled ‘Dice’ after a couple of seasons.
7. Maron (2013-2016)
Marc Maron is the creator and lead actor of this comedy series. The character Maron plays here is a version of himself. In real life, Maron is a famous comedian and podcast show host who has interviewed some of the biggest legends in the world of comedy like Conan O’Brien, Louis CK, Robin Williams, and others. Even in this series, Maron is a podcast host, but here we get to enter his personal life. We find that this Maron is having quite a lot of trouble in trying to maintain his relationships outside of his work. The relationships he shares with his father, his best friend and his girlfriend form the crux of the series. The show was subject to critical acclaim throughout its run.