Have you ever been watching Seinfeld
and wished that someone would let a "fuck" or a "shit" slip out every now and then? If so, Lucky Louie
might be your next favorite show. HBO is billing Louie
as the "end of the sitcom as we know it," but Louie
is actually very much a part of the sitcom tradition that we already know so well.
There' the husband, Louie (veteran stand-up and writer Louis C.K.) who is inexplicably married to Kim (Pamela Adlon), a woman who is far too good looking for him. Then there're Louie' friends, Mike (Michael G. Hagerty) and Rich (Jim Norton) who provide the token buddy humor and zany advice, while the African-American family in the apartment across the hall makes for a veritable treasure trove of clichÃ©d and awkward black people versus white people moments.
Now, if you put this show on broadcast TV, people would hate it more than The War At Home
, but being on HBO is where Louie
stands out from the crowd. The "not just TV" medium enables the show to use such underused phrases as "I'm going to fuck your tits off," rather than the standard, focus group tested, watered down jokes that dominate the major network' sitcoms. C.K., who is also the show' executive producer and head writer, constantly throws these types of lines into the mix, catching viewers off-guard and producing an above average laugh-per-minute rate.