If you’re not watching FX’s “Louie,” you’re missing one of the most seminal and influential television shows of our time.
Comedian Louis C.K.’s Emmy-nominated FX series, now in its third season, shines for reasons you would expect — the show is a work of consistent comic brilliance — and for reasons you might not.
Many times throughout the show’s run, I’ve found myself genuinely moved by its unflinching vulnerability and impressed by Louis C.K.’s ability to speak poignantly and honestly about topics such as friendship, dating, parenthood, divorce, gender politics and death.
This show is a rare kind of comedy that makes viewers think while also making them laugh.
It manages to do so without a stable of zany yet lovable side characters such as NBC’s “The Office” or the heavy-handed voice-over narration that seems to accompany — and I would argue ruin — each otherwise competent episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.”
Louis C.K., who writes, directs, edits and stars in the show, is an artist who respects his audience and has no interest in spelling it out for them.
The result is a series of masterpieces as good as anything we’ve seen on television in a long, long time.
And maybe even better.