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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Man-child's mature world is more tragedy than comedy.

TV Netflix Drama 2016
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Not Arrested Development - its a show about recovering alchoholics.

Good for adults, especially if you know or have Recovering alcoholics in your life. Its a melancholy type of humor. Reminds me of Baskets on FX.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

When it comes to flat-out comedy, Arrested Development brought out the best in Will Arnett. But for those expecting the second coming of Gob Bluth, Flaked will feel more like a fake-out. Actual laughs are rare, and Arnett's Chip is painfully unlikable as a protagonist. And though it's billed as a comedy, "dramedy" is much more fitting, thanks to an oddly placed plot twist that comes late in the show's first season and changes everything in a "huh?" kind of way.

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that a droll comedy about an aging alcoholic won't interest most teens. But even parents will find it hard to fit Flaked into their weekly binge blocks, which is the opposite of what Netflix was going for. It's not that the performances are weak; on the contrary, the cast is notably strong. It's just that the story doesn't really hold up -- or make you laugh -- as much as you might have hoped.

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