A recovering alcoholic faces reality after a life changing accident in Venice Beach, California.
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Series cast summary:
Will Arnett ...  Chip 14 episodes, 2016-2017
David Sullivan ...  Dennis 14 episodes, 2016-2017
Ruth Kearney ...  London 14 episodes, 2016-2017
George Basil ...  Cooler 14 episodes, 2016-2017
Robert Wisdom ...  George 13 episodes, 2016-2017
Lina Esco ...  Kara 7 episodes, 2016
Dennis Gubbins ...  Heckler / ... 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Travis Mills ...  Stefan 6 episodes, 2016-2017
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A recovering alcoholic faces reality after a life changing accident in Venice Beach, California.

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One step forward. Twelve steps back.

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Comedy | Drama

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USA

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English

Release Date:

11 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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С чистого листа See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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The show is loosely inspired by Will Arnett's past experiences with alcoholism. He let his 15-year sobriety briefly lapse during the filming of the first season of the show. See more »

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Drama/Comedy better than I expected
14 March 2016 | by writetopcatSee all my reviews

Set in Venice CA the show centers around a recovering alcoholic named Chip and his friends. Since Chip is played by Will Arnett I imagined the show would have a lot more comedy, one liners, etc. I took a shot at it on Netflix even though I was afraid it might lack enough substance to hold my attention. Sometimes comedies rely far too much on witty lines and predictable gags. But FLAKED is not just a vehicle for snappy lines and comebacks. Most of the characters have enough depth to keep me interested. There are a few which are kind of one dimensional like Cooler, a stoner type. He is shallow and not too bright and not too with it and sometimes irritating because of it. But he adds comic relief.

I like the show more than I thought I was going to like it. There is one thing I don't like about the show, and about most shows of this type. Writers make characters do and say stupid things in order to develop conflict in the story line. Viewers watching this are hit with a feeling that the plot is just too phony, too unbelievable. If it were a pure comedy it would not matter. But this show is a mix of ostensibly real life drama with comedy. It is hard to buy into the real life bit when people say things or fail to say things which real people obviously would bring up in real life. They allow their lives to crash and burn in the show by failing to simply tell someone a simple set of facts as anyone in real life would obviously do. This makes it easier for writers to develop conflict, and I suppose the writers also feel that viewers will feel anxiety when they see the characters they identify with making such really bad decisions, omissions, or foolish statements.

This is obviously a pet peeve of mine, right up there with the grade B camera work seen in some action and horror films, i.e. shaky cameras, rapidly changing camera positions and angles, and rapidly changing depth of shots. I don't know why modern film uses these cheap techniques. Many people hate that kind of camera work. In the same way we hate to see seemingly ordinary and intelligent characters behaving stupidly and ruining their lives by doing so. It is extremely common in film and television and very annoying also.


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