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Flaked - (S01E02)


In his funky California beach enclave, Chip's the go-to guy for personal insights. But he isn't quite as enlightened when it comes to his own baggage.

Episode Title: Horizon
Airs: 2016-03-11 at
  • Liz Shannon Miller

    Flaked is to be commended for really capturing its setting, shooting very clearly on location and focusing on the issues facing this community right now.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A good portrait of a fallen man and the place he has fallen into. Promising--but also frustrating.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    If you’re willing to go along with the show’s carefully conceived aimlessness, it has the pull of a book of inter-connected short stories.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Dennis Perkins

    When the plot finally kicks in in the back half of the season, the unexpected shift in tone is intended to show how Chip’s apparently pointless life is the result of outside forces, but the series of twists (one clumsily telegraphed, the other a bit less so) don’t so much fill out the character as underscore how thin he was in the first place.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Quality-wise, Flaked slots right in the middle of the pack. It is not as original, lacerating, or self-aware as Louie and Girls, the progenitors of this trend, or as good as Transparent, the perfector of it, but it contains a deep and precise character sketch.... Flaked is irritating exactly to the extent that it takes Chip’s plight too seriously.

    Slate Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series gets more substantive and quicker starting in Episode 6, but over all the pieces--man-boys on the prowl, bromance, occasional forays into seriousness--fit together uncomfortably.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Darren Franich

    Flaked is another horrid post-Togetherness drama-com that's too cute to be serious and too lame to be funny. [11 Mar 2016, p.78]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    Flaked has the stylings of a TV comedy--meandering and lazily plotted, it doesn't work as drama--yet actual humor is all too absent.... This is disappointing, because what Arnett and Flaked do well, they do better than they ought.

    Time Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    [Netflix's Love] at least felt fresh and directed in the way it surgically examined the tropes of the romantic comedy. It was a character study that had a purpose, explaining through its run why we were watching these characters to begin with. Flaked never answers that question.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    By episode six, Flaked throws a real curve that’s nearly worth seeing through to the end, as Arnett’s performance deepens and the show becomes something more than just an excuse to loaf. The problem is getting there.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Flaked offers up weak jokes and even weaker drama, as later episodes pile on contrived, overwrought plot twists.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Flaked, created by Arnett and Mark Chappell, is just another exasperating exploration of stunted white male adulthood.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    It's a leaden, soggy mess, that only gets messier as it goes. Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    There are a couple of love triangles at work, but the characters have been written only in terms of metaphor and irony, so nobody has any chemistry, which is probably also an irony, though it's less likely to be intentional. Or maybe it is intentional? Flaked feels primarily like a writing exercise for Arnett and Chappell.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Arnett’s personal appeal does help the pointless series from time to time, but it just as often exacerbates the hollowness of it. The whole man-child thing is getting old.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The premium TV world is a magnet for vanity projects, but few are as pointless--or unnecessary--as this one.... Flaked is such a flavorless affair that there’s scant suspense about the ongoing story, leaving little over which to get excited other than a series of guest-star-punctuated interludes.

    Variety Full Review