A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional brawls between friends.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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