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Lucky Louie


They've been a staple of the commercial networks since The Honeymooners, but there's never been a sitcom quite like this before. HBO breaks new ground with Lucky Louie, a fresh, funny, and very adult comedy that looks at the challenges of marriage and family through the story of a young couple who are just barely getting by. Emmy®-winner Louis C.K. stars as Louie, a part-time mechanic at a muffler shop who spends most of his time at home taking care of his four-year-old daughter Lucy. His wife, Kim, the real breadwinner of the family, works as a full-time nurse. This untraditional arrangement can be tricky at times, but they always stick it out, because somewhere underneath all the muck they love each other... plus, they have no choice. Kim and Louie's best friends are Mike and Tina, a married couple with an enviably simple life (Mike brings home the bacon, Tina in turn has sex with him) and a bunch of kids from their current and previous marriages. Across the hall are an African-American couple, Walter and Ellen, and their daughter Lisa, a family with whom Louie awkwardly tries to cultivate a friendship. Also living in the building is Kim's eccentric brother Jerry, who has a blurry past and is in constant need of direction (and food). There's also Louie's friend Rich, who lives with his mother and earns a living through shady means. Filmed before a live audience, a first for HBO "Lucky Louie" is also the network's first multi-camera situation comedy.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: HBO
  • Mike Duffy

    "Lucky Louie" is a true original -- a pleasantly twisted variation on "The Honeymooners" or "Roseanne" for the 21st Century.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    There's no shortage of laughs.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    Subversively hilarious.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Virginia Heffernan

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    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.

    Salon Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Deep it's not, but funny it often is.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    It feels as if you've happened across a British sitcom or a rerun of "MADtv."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    "Lucky Louie" is not a runaway smash right out of the gate, but neither does it stumble or implode.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Dan Snierson

    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]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    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.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    Like "Roseanne," it can mine poverty for working-class laughs. It isn't executing that well, yet.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    It's like a David Mamet parody of Roseanne. [19 Jun 2006, p.37]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    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.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    There's certainly comedy to be found in these basic situations, but not in "Lucky Louie's" confounding approach or stilted presentation.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's one of HBO's more fascinating series -- but not because it's good, or funny.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    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.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
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