Flaked
A man walks on a road covered in sand. Above him is the tagline: "One step forward. Twelve steps back."
Promotional release poster
GenreComedy drama
Created by
Starring
ComposerStephen Malkmus
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
  • Electric Avenue Productions
  • A Thousand Words, Ltd.
  • The Hurwitz Company
  • Electus
  • Principato-Young Entertainment
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) –
June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)

Flaked is an American comedy drama streaming television series created by Will Arnett and Mark Chappell. It stars Arnett as Chip, a self-appointed "guru" who falls in love while he and many other members of the ensemble cast struggle with alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous.[1][2] The first season consisted of eight episodes and was released on Netflix on March 11, 2016.[3] In July 2016, the series was renewed for a six-episode second season,[4] which premiered on June 2, 2017.[5]

The show is in-part inspired by Arnett's own struggles with alcoholism. He relapsed while Flaked was in production,[6] and has attested that Alcoholics Anonymous has played a role in reclaiming sobriety.[7]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
26June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)

Season 1 (2016)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Westminster"Wally PfisterWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
22"Horizon"Wally PfisterWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
33"Rose"Josh Gordon and Will SpeckWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
44"Palms"Josh Gordon and Will SpeckWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
55"Electric"Tom DiCilloWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
66"Shell"Tom DiCilloWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
77"7th"Wally PfisterWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
88"Sunset"Wally PfisterWill Arnett & Mark ChappellMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)

Season 2 (2017)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Day One"Michael Patrick JannWill Arnett & Mark ChappellJune 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)
102"Day Two"Michael Patrick JannMaggie RoweJune 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)
113"Day Three"Mark ChappellBobby BowmanJune 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)
124"Day Four"Will ArnettJim VallelyJune 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)
135"Day Five"Ben BermanEvan Mann & Gareth ReynoldsJune 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)
146"Day Six"Ben BermanWill Arnett & Mark ChappellJune 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)

Reception

The first season received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 35% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 5.12/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Dull and pointless, Flaked makes it uncomfortably clear that the man-child persona is no longer compelling."[11] On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]

The show was criticized by Emily VanDerWerff of Vox for "stupid plot twists" and devolving into melodrama.[13]

References

  1. ^ Todd Spangler (19 January 2015). "Netflix Sets Will Arnett Comedy 'Flaked' for 2016". Variety.
  2. ^ "'Flaked' On Netflix: Will Arnett Comedy Series To Stream In 2016". The Huffington Post. 19 January 2015.
  3. ^ Lisa de Moraes (January 17, 2016). "Netflix Unveils Premiere Dates For 'Orange Is The New Black,' 'The Get Down,' 'Flaked' And Others". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ Lincoln, Ross A (28 July 2016). "Netflix Renews Will Arnett's 'Flaked' For 2017 Second Season". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (April 18, 2017). "'Flaked': Netflix Sets Season 2 Premiere Date For Will Arnett Comedy". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Wilkerson, May (April 5, 2016). "Will Arnett Reveals He Relapsed While Working on Netflix Series 'Flaked'". The Fix. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Hume, Ashley (September 23, 2019). "Will Arnett Opens Up About His Sobriety: 'I'm Very, Very Grateful on a Daily Basis'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  8. ^ Sage, Alyssa (February 11, 2016). "Netflix Releases Trailer for Will Arnett's 'Flaked'". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 29, 2015). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse Joins Will Arnett's Netflix Comedy Series 'Flaked'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (October 6, 2016). "Elisabeth Rohm Joins 'Flaked'; John Marshall Jones In 'The Fosters'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "Flaked: Season 1". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "Flaked". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  13. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (March 13, 2016). "Flaked review: Stupid plot twists ruin this new Netflix comedy". Vox Media. Retrieved August 2, 2019.