IF you didn’t laugh at the above clip, we can’t be friends. Don’t even read the rest of this blog. In the past I’ve reviewed things as they’ve come out. Now its time for me to recommend something only available on DVD or Netflix (until Season 4 starts in May). Louie. Those familiar with Louie C.K may assume that the show (FX, Thursdays, 10:30 when in season) would mirror his excellent stand up, and it does. But the show is so much more than that. This “sitcom” is not for the light of heart. Readers that enjoy dark comedies like Cable Guy, Death to Smoochy, and other dark comedies should get ready to cringe. But as uncomfortable as it can be, its the best show on television.
Louie C.K is a 40 something single dad who is reaching Seinfeld status in terms of comic and sitcom success. Much like Seinfeld, Louie somewhat mirrors Louie’s real life, being a single father of 2, living in NYC, but the Louie character has less commercial success than the real life inspiration. Louie is brutally real, and when it’s not being hilarious, awkward, and uncomfortable, its busy being heartfelt, riveting, and compelling.
Darkest, funniest moment: Louie gets “asked out” by Dolores, a mother from Louie’s daughter’s school. Dolores. Dolores’ reasoning behind choosing Louie is, “I’m approaching you because you seem safe and discreet.” Dolores blatantly propositions Louie for sex, as opposed to the traditional dinner and a movie. When Louie arrives Dolores changes into a old fashioned nightgown that would have been out of fashion in the 1910s. Louie is then sent to the corner store for condoms, feminine hygene products, and blueberries. Once he’s back at her apartment they get down to business, and Dolores requests to be spanked while calling Louie “daddy”. She quickly starts sobbing, while Louie looks on in horror. As cringe worthy is this sounds, its 1000x worse.
Most compelling, heartfelt story: Louie meets a female employee at a local bookstore, played by Parker Posey. Their night together is a confusing, frantic whirlwind romance, capped with the couple on the roof of skyscraper overlooking New York City. The woman eventually reveals her name is Liz before they go on their separate ways. The viewer feels what Louie feels for the entire episode; that confusing excitement of a young crush. Later in the season Louie reunites with Liz by chance on a city bus, after a failed attempt to find her earlier. She collapses and dies at the hospital and Louie, along with the viewer, is truly devastated.