Rated one of the top shows of the year by Metacritic, Louie (created by starring actor and comedian Louis C.K.) follows the life of Louie C.K. and his life after he divorces his wife. The comedic show set in New York also stars Hadley Delany and Ursula Parker playing Louie’s kids.
From its beginning in 2010, Louie has grown into a well-loved comedy series that often times seem all too realistic. Every episode takes viewers on another adventure with Louie as he (hilariously) deals with his love life, everyday struggles, and his pursuit of humor. The tagline “misery loves comedy” perfectly sums up the show’s plot.
In its short life so far, Louie has won eighteen awards and received 59 nominations, in addition to winning two Golden Globe Awards. Fans of the show love it, and so do critics. IMDb users gave it 8.7/10, and it got an even better score on TV.com. Metacritic put it on their list of the best-ranked shows of all time. Even with season five still on air, fans are gearing up to hear the release date of season six.
Critics seem to love the show, too, with the Huffington Post saying the season five renewal entailed a “brilliant return” and also called it TV’s best comedy. The Washington Post had similar things to say, and they did it with a metaphor: “What tennis balls are to dogs, Louie is to TV critics: We’re obsessed.” No matter how much the critics rave though, there is really only one opinion that actually matters in television, and that’s the viewer’s.
In a rare occurrence, users on Rotten Tomatoes gave it an incredibly fresh 100% rating. While there’s no doubt the show isn’t for everyone, few rivals of the series have come out to say it.
The often absurd show has many characters (a term not used likely in Louie’s case) that sometimes include prostitutes, angry lesbians, and insane police officers. The mix of unfortunate events, ironic situations, and a lovable lead character make for a show that fans truly enjoy.
Louis C.K. (writer and star) has had long-time success with his stand-up comedy acts and his pursuits of writing, directing, producing, editing, and acting. Born in 1967, Louis has written for various shows, notably Late Night with Conan O’Brien along with many of his own productions. Louis debuted in the world of acting with the short film Ice Cream in 1993 and has since taken his career to new heights with a heavy focus on comedy.
It can be seen in Louis’ various works that he has always pulled from his personal life, much like many comedians. While often portraying a character of impatience and animosity on stage, Louis has said in various interviews that his two daughters always inspired him and helped him learn better patience and become a better personality (both on-stage and off). When Louis divorced his wife Alix Bailey in 2008, he soon began to joke about the various troubles of being a single dad, and it wasn’t long before he turned those struggles into the comedic half-hour episodes that we now get to watch weekly.
With over sixty episodes and counting and an ever-growing fan base, Louie isn’t likely to be cut off anytime soon. The candidness of the plots and reality that the show displays simply makes it hilarious, believable, and most certainly relatable. While Louie may take on a dark and dismal approach at times though, Louis has often said he is a generally happy guy and always tries to find happiness, or at least humor, in every miserable situation he finds himself in.
Louis went on to explain in an older interview that he originally disliked New York City (where Louie is set), but has now grown to love all of the dark, scary, and disturbing parts of the city.
Even with Louie only being in its fifth season, it already has twenty awards and nearly seventy nominations, which is a good sign that it will be returning for a sixth season soon. Season five, which is going to air its finale this summer, still has a strong (if not stronger) following, just like the previous seasons.
It’s obvious fans and critics love the nature of the show and Louie himself, even when episodes tend to him in uncomfortable – and often absurd – situations. Just hop over to this cable television service provider and sign up now so that you never miss Louie CK.