Louie

 
Mature comedy series is both crude and entertaining.

What parents need to know

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

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

Occasional brawls between friends.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism
Not applicable
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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Cast:Louis C.K.
Network:FX
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byhamstergurl09 June 15, 2012
age 14+
 

Original

This show is unlike any others on the air currently. The plots of every episode are all really good, with a perfect blend of funny and serious. The jazz background music sets a nice mood for the whole show. Louis C.K. is a very talented comedian in both real life and on this show. Immature people wouldn't like this, it would probably go over their heads. It should be fine for slightly younger teens who have a mature sense of humor.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bymax fisher August 8, 2010
age 14+
 

ok for teens

ive seen every episode of this show up to the current and it is not bad at all it has some sexual content but so does every comedy these days and the main charicter is a nice and funny guy
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent Written bytitanius719 July 12, 2012
age 18+
 

Excellent Job Louis!

I have been watching Louie ever since a coworker at Dish first showed it me and I have been laughing ever since. I have two daughters so I appreciate all the little things Louie does for his kids in the show. That being said, edge is where Louis begins his humor. There is no subject that is off limits to Louie. Each of the shows themes are presented not how they should be, but exactly as they are in life. I won’t be home for tonight’s episode but I am going to watch it at Dish Online when I get off. I can’t finish my week without watching Louie.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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