Louie

In Praise of Pamela on ‘Louie,’ the Ultimate Emotionally Unavailable Woman

On this week’s two-part Louie finale — which the Internet will not stop talking about, I know — we got something I never expected: a happy ending*. … Read More

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The Internet Has a ‘Louie’ Problem

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Raised Too Many Questions It Couldn’t Answer

In many ways, Season 4 of Louie felt like a call and response between Louis C.K. and the Internet. The season focused heavily on Louie’s interactions with women: the gorgeous model he accidentally hits in the face, the fat woman who calls him out on his shit, the Hungarian woman that he literally can’t communicate with — what an ideal relationship for Louie! — and, of course, the brassy Pamela. Each one of these episodes or “relationships” (and even the strange, pot-fueled “In The Woods”) was practically begging for Internet discussion, demanding thinkpieces, and teasing episodic recaps. Louis C.K. spent Season 4 giving us essay prompts but never provided the answers. … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 13 & 14 Recap: “Pamela Parts 2 & 3”

The romantic entanglements of its writer/director/star have always been a concern of Louie, but as its fourth season draws to a close, they’ve never been more central to the series. Previous seasons gave us questions of career and friendship to counter the romantic plotlines; this year, with the momentary exception of last week’s lengthy flashback episode “In the Woods,” nearly every episode has revolved around Louie’s love life. So in that way, it’s not just that last night’s episodes, “Pamela Part 2” and “Pamela Part 3,” are a continuation of the first “Pamela” from two weeks ago; they represent a culmination of the entire season, really, and show some honest-to-God growth in the character. But, this being Louie, this isn’t some idealized happy ending; he gives his character a moment of happiness, though it’s not a worry-free one. … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 11 & 12 Recap: “In the Woods”

“Louie is pretty much just making movies this season, huh?” asked our esteemed TV editor, Pilot Viruet, and she’s right; after Louie’s third season concluded with the three-part “Late Show” arc, season four has included the six-part “Elevator” episode, the (still in progress) three-part “Pamela” episodes, and last night’s “In the Woods,” a 90-minute episode—66 minutes without commercials—that houses an extended flashback to Louie’s childhood (or, more specifically, the moment when that childhood ended). But “In the Woods” attempts something those previous multi-part episodes and his feature films (Tomorrow Night and Pootie Tang) didn’t: it’s basically a drama. He doesn’t quite pull it off. … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 9 & 10 Recap: “Elevator Part 6”/”Pamela Part I”

As a general rule, I try to avoid reading recaps of shows I’m covering during the run of the season; it’s not that I think whatever I’m feeling about the series is the definitive last word or anything, but more a matter of trying to prevent other (often better!) writers from influencing my own responses. Yet I stumbled upon The AV Club’s recap of last week’s Louie episodes after posting my own, and had an odd realization. Writer Todd VanDerWerff noted that some of his critic friends were grousing that the show wasn’t particularly funny this season, and that if he chose to, he could see their point: “If, for some reason, you were watching Louie as a program that would hopefully make you laugh uproariously, then this season would be unlikely to do that. “ What was so striking about this observation was not that it was inaccurate; it’s that I realized I had stopped even considering Louie on those terms. … Read More

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The Long Takes of ‘Louie’

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The Best Quotes from Louis C.K.’s Charlie Rose Interview

Comedy god Louis C.K. stopped by Charlie Rose recently for a half-hour conversation, but we wish it were twice that (hell, we’d watch if it were four times as long). It can be hard to suffer through Charlie Rose interviews without yelling “SHUT UP!” at the screen, hoping he’ll stop interrupting his subject and just let them talk. With other guests, this is frustrating, but when Rose is cutting off Louis C.K.‘s stories, it’s downright infuriating. Still, when he actually stopped talking and let C.K. get a word in, we learned some fascinating stuff. … Read More

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Sadly, It Takes Louis C.K. to Give Fat Women a Voice

The first of last night’s Louie episodes, “So Did the Fat Lady,” not only dismantles the fat-schlub-gets-hot-girl narrative seen historically throughout TV and movies, it acknowledges that this dynamic is very much alive and well in the real world. Essentially Louie asks, as compassionately as possible: if fat, middle-aged, bald, disgusting gingers like me are fucking models, who’s dating overweight women? And are they not worthy of love? … Read More

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