I have told many of you, many times, just how much I like Louie C.K., and just how genius I think his FX show is. I think there is a sense of nihilism and cynicism in his comedy you just don’t find much in watered down TV comedy. Thing is, almost everyone I know hated Louis this Fourth season. I know critics were still into it (and I, being one, know we thankfully voice the majority). But I am not exaggerating when I say almost everyone I talked to outside of critic circles hated it. Do you know why that is? Well, I have a pretty good idea.
Because season four of Louie went from being a show about a shlub getting into awkward scenarios, to a show about a shlub trying to find love. They did not come out and say that, but that was clearly represented in how the season was delivered. One of the first episodes of the season made it VERY clear this is the direction the show was going. The scene was when Louis (or Louie, as he is called on show) gets chastised by one of the waitresses who says tells him he is creepy for asking out pretty much every waitress at the comedy club he frequents. That was the show giving us a quick back story about what has been up with Louis since the last time we saw him. It also shows us where the rest of the season was going, and from that moment, it went there.
Thing is, what was different? Yes, maybe Louie with a different girl each week seemed a bit insane (and a bit TOO romance focused), but what else should it be about? It is his life, he writes it, and he directs it. If he wanted it to be about him watching TV, that is up to him. You don’t have to like it. That is the best thing about Louie C. K. He just doesn’t care what you think. He does it anyway.
That, my friends, is exactly why this season was just as tight as all the others. Because it wasn’t made for you. It was made for him. Just like all the others.
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