• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 11, 2006
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic 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. There's no shortage of laughs.
  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. 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.
  5. Deep it's not, but funny it often is.
  6. It feels as if you've happened across a British sitcom or a rerun of "MADtv."
  7. 60
    "Lucky Louie" is not a runaway smash right out of the gate, but neither does it stumble or implode.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan Snierson
    58
    His underdog charm is often overshadowed by flat jokes and foul one-liners that are all shock and no guffaw. [23 Jun 2006, p.63]
  9. Often funny when it tackles taboo topics head on, the show walks a fine line between honesty and unnecessary crudeness, and it often goes a step too far.
  10. 38
    Like "Roseanne," it can mine poverty for working-class laughs. It isn't executing that well, yet.
  11. 38
    It's like a David Mamet parody of Roseanne. [19 Jun 2006, p.37]
  12. It doesn't work, largely because there's not enough wit from creator and star Louis C.K. to make the vulgarity anything more than an exercise in blue.
  13. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    30
    There's certainly comedy to be found in these basic situations, but not in "Lucky Louie's" confounding approach or stilted presentation.
  14. 20
    It's one of HBO's more fascinating series -- but not because it's good, or funny.
  15. This is comedian Louis C.K.'s attempt to lampoon the classic half-hour sitcom, if by lampoon you mean drown it in toxic failure.
  16. 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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 101
  2. Negative: 17 out of 101
  1. edb
    Oct 8, 2006
    10
    I'm 76 years old (wife 66). We can't remember laughing as hard since the 3 stooges and Abbot and Costello. Was hoping to find out I'm 76 years old (wife 66). We can't remember laughing as hard since the 3 stooges and Abbot and Costello. Was hoping to find out that it is going to be renewed only to be disappointed. Next they'll get rid of Maher and Entourage and we can get rid of the HBO extra subscription cost. Full Review »
  2. MichelleS
    Sep 27, 2006
    10
    It's Not even a show for "grownups" This humor is appealing to many teenagers and young adults. It's a show that I (at 20 years It's Not even a show for "grownups" This humor is appealing to many teenagers and young adults. It's a show that I (at 20 years old) Watch with my boyfriend and find amazing! (Please bring it back HBO!!!) Full Review »
  3. DanR
    Jun 26, 2006
    10
    The show just has that raw dark humor laughing at a guy who life seems to be getting worse everyday. If you follow the series you will see The show just has that raw dark humor laughing at a guy who life seems to be getting worse everyday. If you follow the series you will see that it show the qorkyness that is human flaws in life.. sort of like a Curb Y en. Its just doesn't seem to hold anything back. I laugh because it doesn't feel real, and it feels like you are watching a play or something. Full Review »