• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 29, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    May 7, 2014
    100
    Its main purpose is to confront the taboo, and whether that means exploring just how far Louie will go into the "experimental" side of masturbation in the season premiere or simply digging into his ugliest prejudices about overweight women, the show can be revelatory.
  2. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    May 5, 2014
    100
    There's still nothing like it on TV, because there aren't too many people out there capable of excavating their brains with this much rigor, wit and insight.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 5, 2014
    100
    Because Louis C.K. does everything but hand-deliver the series to the network (and maybe he does that, too), it’s entirely his vision. That’s something few hyphenates get a chance to reveal. Here, though, it resonates.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    May 5, 2014
    100
    Louie is television's best half-hour drama. It's also one of the best comedies, when it still wants to be, which isn't all that often.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 5, 2014
    100
    Each [episode] stands on its own as a TV art film, an independent work of short fiction.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 5, 2014
    100
    There’s nothing programmatic about Louie, which idiosyncratically, unevenly explores C.K.’s ideas and instincts without trying to advance an argument. It’s not a joke you’ve heard before. It’s a great shaggy dog story.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 5, 2014
    100
    This is a long way from a half-hour sitcom about a dysthymic guy comedian and his everyday nuisances. It’s good to see that Louie intends to keep pressing our limits.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    May 5, 2014
    100
    Back for its fourth season, Louie continues to be TV’s finest oddity.
  9. Reviewed by: Brandon Nowalk
    May 5, 2014
    100
    Louie season four is as good as ever, and sometimes it’s slightly different.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 5, 2014
    100
    It is entirely its own thing, and it is one of the very best shows on television. We're lucky to have it back.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 2, 2014
    100
    Louie remains a small miracle--a shaggy-dog story, hopping with fleas, maybe rescued froma pound, that outdazzles Lassie, Air Bud and the rest. [12 May 2014,]
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Romano
    May 2, 2014
    100
    Season 4 is just as brilliant as the seasons that preceded it.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    May 2, 2014
    100
    [Louie] was and remains one of the best on TV--in any given week, maybe the best, period.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    May 2, 2014
    100
    His character is brought low often enough, but no comedy soars higher.
  15. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    May 1, 2014
    100
    Louie very much remains Louie in the best sense.
  16. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 1, 2014
    100
    A show that ceased to be something easily identifiable and thus easily understood the very first minute it was on.
  17. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 30, 2014
    100
    Yes, the show benefits from superb performances, from series regulars, as well as guest stars like Sarah Silverman and Victor Garber. But it's the writing that puts Louie on the highest possible level of comedy. There simply is no better-written comedy on TV today.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 30, 2014
    100
    What stuns me still about Louie is the complete unpredictability of it all as all four episodes defy TV comedy’s habit of going from point A to point B by taking viewers on another trip altogether.
  19. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 30, 2014
    100
    Even if the radiant humor occasionally tends a bit toward the local, as in the brilliant season opening involving members of the DSNY, the point of view is so effortlessly relatable in its humble assertions.
  20. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 5, 2014
    90
    Embracing with raw, unsettling honesty the random absurdities that regularly befall this urban dweller, Louie brilliantly mines the all-too-human comedy of anxiety, insecurity and disappointment--in himself and others.
  21. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    May 5, 2014
    88
    It’s clear that C.K. made good use of the time off to recharge his creative batteries. The season’s third episode, “So Did the Fat Lady,” is his best yet.
  22. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 1, 2014
    83
    The first four episodes of Season 4 are a little weak downstairs while still remaining at or near the top of the TV comedy class.
  23. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Aug 7, 2014
    80
    It’s not that the season was bad--it was daring and often beautiful, emphasizing serial storytelling over episodic one-offs, with many indelible moments, especially those involving Louie’s daughters.
  24. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    May 5, 2014
    80
    Louie is a comedy that seeks to provide something besides laughter. Louis C.K. will try anything, and not everything works. But it’s the willingness to defy expectations and experiment that makes Louie special.
  25. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 5, 2014
    80
    While he starts off a little rusty, the second episode proves he’s kept his edge.
  26. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 2, 2014
    80
    Despite how outlandish some of the scenarios become, they remain relatable.
  27. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    May 2, 2014
    80
    The humor is often obscure. The flavor ranges from silly to heartbreaking, crazy to profound. The Emmy-winning show's unpredictability is part of the charm.
  28. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 1, 2014
    80
    Inevitably, not everything works, including some of the material devoted to Louie’s interactions with his young daughters, as he seeks to balance his standup career and parental duties. More often, though, the show is wonderfully absurd.
  29. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 5, 2014
    75
    Not much is different for the fourth season of FX’s most popular comedy, except possibly an uptick in the production budget and guests.
  30. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    May 1, 2014
    75
    The fourth season’s new episodes feel as fresh--and misanthropic--as ever.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 179 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. May 6, 2014
    10
    Never watched Louie before. I was flipping through channels last night and caught this episode at the start. It was weird and really awkwardNever watched Louie before. I was flipping through channels last night and caught this episode at the start. It was weird and really awkward but I was strangely intrigued by it. As the episode went on it got stranger and more bizarre. By the end of this episode, everything was getting out of hand and Louie is left with an ultimatum that seems to set up a really interesting plot for the rest of the season. Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2014
    10
    I'm following Louis C.K's works for quite some time now and let me tell you something you will NEVER find someone as human and powerful asI'm following Louis C.K's works for quite some time now and let me tell you something you will NEVER find someone as human and powerful as this guy. his shows will stick to your mind and never let go you know why? because he never answer the challenging thoughts that he puts in your mind, and you definitely will think about the things that he said during the day and trust me he will change the way you think! that's the power of Louis C.K. Full Review »
  3. May 7, 2014
    9
    Two episodes into the season and the series has clearly not lost a thing. Tasteless at times, touching at others, this is a series unlikeTwo episodes into the season and the series has clearly not lost a thing. Tasteless at times, touching at others, this is a series unlike others on TV. The depressing louie, and the depressing ambiance he creates and is enbroiled in due to his own doing is an unique dynamic that forces me ot watch again and again. Oh yeah, i didnt even mention the comedic nature of the show.......... Full Review »