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