23 December 2018 | Kev11sky
Why Baskets in Bakersfield?
At least one resident of Bakersfield should write a review of "Baskets" -- so here goes.
I agree with the majority opinion. This is an excellent dark comedy/satire with some amazing acting and quirky, creative scripts.
From now on I will think of Louie Anderson as a middle-aged woman in a man's body. Martha seems dull and naïve but she's actually the sanest character. Zach's characters are amazing tragicomic nutty brothers.
Why is the show set in Bakersfield? Our city has been the butt of jokes in Hollywood for decades. It continues to be the go-to prototype of a backwards redneck town in the worst part of California. Some years back there was a comedy cop show called "Bakersfield PD".
I was expecting to see some actual places and settings in or around Bakersfield. Some of the road-trip scenes looked like Kern County but I didn't see any identifiable landmarks. Bakersfield has a few odd cultural events, but clowns are not among them, and we only have the usual kinds of rodeos.
According to IMDb, none of the filming locations were in Bakersfield. Oh well...