Picking up seven Emmy nominations this week, the critical and popular acclaim for Louis C.K.’s FX hit “Louie” is undeniably well-deserved.
How is the third season standing up to the show’s successful first two? C.K.’s still breaking the boundaries, rules and definitions of TV comedies. This week, he tackles recurrent sitcom themes with the usual “Louie” originality. In the latest episode, C.K. explores the world of casual sex and dating. This being “Louie,” nothing is typical.
Audiences have watched Louie bumble through countless awkward, damaging and painful (for us or for him, it depends) dates and sexual encounters.
C.K. tries to get a one-night fling (Maria Bamford) to meet his daughters, but she is so repulsed that her rejection sends Louie into a slew of romantic fantasies about his daughters’ teachers and a bookstore clerk (Parker Posey).
After the initial rejection, Louie finds some romantic success when Posey gets along swimmingly with his daughters. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
After all, it was only part one. Knowing “Louie,” it’s not going to be just as simple as a two-episode romance. Stay tuned, friends.
By Bridget Ameche