TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Mature comedy series is both crude and entertaining.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series looks at divorce and fatherhood through the humor of Louis C.K. -- humor that is frequently the very opposite of politically correct. Few topics are off-limits, and the ones that are discussed are addressed frankly and sometimes graphically.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Louie -- who is both divorced and a dedicated father --  looks at the world through his own unique perspective. He doesn't hestitate to make uncomfortable observations or address "taboo" topics, but he generally means well.


Occasional brawls between friends.


Some scenes show implied intercourse (woman bouncing on top of man, etc.). Strong sexual innuendo, as well as frequent frank conversations about masturbation and other sexual/sex-related acts and topics (for example, one episode includes a conversation about a child’s infected vagina). Sexual orientation is discussed.


Words like “bitch,” “goddamn,” “c--k,” “p---y,” "faggot," "a--hole," and “s--t” are audible and used frequently. The "N" word is also used occasionally. "F--k” is bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (mostly beer) and cigarette smoking during poker games and in other social situations. One skit features underage drinking. Another skit involves extensive pot smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this late-night cable comedy series features sketches and stand-up routines with material that isn't intended for kids of any age. The language is strong (only "f--k" is bleeped -- words like “bitch,” “goddamn,” “c--k,” “p---y,” “faggot,” and “s--t” are audible), and conversations often include crude references to sexual acts, STDs, and other related material. Characters also drink and smoke. Amid the edgy comedy, the show addresses issues like divorce and parenthood.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMooviefan March 31, 2020
Adult Written byGlee rockz June 4, 2017

A comedian grows

There is lots of sexual content in this series. But the growth of a Louie, a divorced comedian raising two girls, is great. He learns that his way isn't al... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byScottyFrank March 31, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byreveal June 16, 2016

What's the story?

LOUIE centers on the life of Louie (comedian Louis C.K.), a stand-up comedian working and raising two young daughters in New York City. In between gag-filled sketches about sharing class trips with his daughters and awkward first dates, the comedian gets on stage to offer his rather morose perspective about life after divorce.

Is it any good?

Louie -- which is loosely based on C.K.’s real life -- combines the comedian’s trademark routines with smartly written comedy sketches. Adding to the fun are guest appearances by comics like Rick Crom, Nick Di Paolo, and Ricky Gervais. The show’s strong sexual content, salty language, and sometimes crude humor make it a decidedly adult-oriented comedy. But it also has lots of genuinely funny moments that mature viewers with a taste for edgy comedy will definitely enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different types of humor. Why do some comedians use strong language and/or make crude references, while others don't? Is edgy material funnier than tamer stuff?

  • Why do different people find different things funny? Teens: What do you find hilarious that your parents just don't get? Why?

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 29, 2010
  • Cast: Louis C.K.
  • Network: FX
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: March 31, 2020

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