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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 11, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Michael G. Hagerty, Laura Kightlinger, Pamela Adlon
  • Summary: With single-camera, no-laugh-track comedies now the norm, HBO has decided to revisit the conventional, multi-camera, studio audience sitcom with a raunchy take on this decades-old format revolving around stand-up comedian Louis C.K.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. 75
    "Lucky Louie" is a true original -- a pleasantly twisted variation on "The Honeymooners" or "Roseanne" for the 21st Century.
  2. 70
    If your family game nights tended to end with someone upturning the Monopoly board, then running to their room in tears, and your family trips hit their low point at a national monument in the middle of nowhere when someone abruptly got out of the car and refused to get back in, you're likely to find "Lucky Louie" fairly entertaining.
  3. The comedy is nifty, light and kind, even as it tries to be real, slitting open the stand-up themes of marital sex, masturbation and dope smoking until it's dirty enough to convince you that you're not being condescended to, but smart enough not to be grim. That's a huge feat.
  4. 38
    It's like a David Mamet parody of Roseanne. [19 Jun 2006, p.37]
  5. 0
    A show so vile, it makes you think the company's arrogant It's Not TV -- It's HBO slogan isn't a brag -- it's a threat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 101
  2. Negative: 17 out of 101
  1. Jul 21, 2014
    Maybe I'm biased since i love Louis CK's stand-up comedy but I think this series is profundly funny and real with great acting and writing. I'm not a fan of the studio audience though.
    One of my all-time favorite comedy series.
  2. Feb 17, 2013
    This show takes and idea and develops it over the course of the episode, rewarding the viewer for paying attention. What it doesn't do is spoon-feed gags made by human cartoon characters to an audience with a thirty second attention span. 'Friends' it is not. The crumby set design and live studio audience are intentionally retro alternative to modern sitcom styles. Some don't like it, I love it. Moreover this is a comedy for people who appreciate a well written sitcom. Reviewers who complain about the writing in 'Lucky Louie' must have been watching some other show. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2013
    Fairly unique sitcom, although not as good as Louie's more surreal and Woody Allen-influenced later show. I enjoyed the stripped-down look and that it didn't focus on a rich family, and that the problems were often not solved in a standard sitcom way; sometimes the episodes just end. Pretty fun and easy to binge through. Shame it got cancelled early, but then we got an even better show out of it. Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2013
    Dirty, dirty, dirty, but absolutely hilarious. Of course Louis C.K. is hilarious, but the whole cast is as well. Pamela Adlon, Jim Norton, etc, everyone was very fun to watch. Shame only 13 episodes happened since this was a definite winner. Expand

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