Horace and Pete: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Horace and Pete

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Horace and Pete creator Louis C.K. uses his signature blend of awkward humor -- and brilliant performances from a top-notch cast -- to pull off an engagingly ambitious experiment in TV tragicomedy.

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Critic Ratings: 26

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Air date: Jan 30, 2016

Horace and Pete argue; bar regulars Leon, Kurt, Nick and Marsha arrive and talk about politics and sports; Horace discourages Uncle Pete from attending a legal meeting, which infuriates Uncle Pete.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2016

Horace and Pete discuss the afterlife over breakfast; Marsha brings a date into the bar; Sylvia reveals the reason she wants to sell the bar; Marsha's date is frustrated.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2016

Horace's ex-wife, Sarah, visits the bar seeking advice about a recent affair.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2016

A depressed Horace visits Maggie with the hope it will make him happier.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2016

The family holds a wake for Uncle Pete; the future of the bar is in question.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2016

Pete goes on a date with a woman he meet on a dating website.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2016

Pete seeks help in declaring the bar a landmark, so it will be harder to sell.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2016

Sylvia and Horace both have overnight guests; Pete's medicine is discontinued.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2016

Pete is missing; New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visits the bar.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2016

A glimpse into the bars past; Pete returns.

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Cast & Crew

Louis C.K.
Horace Wittel VIII

Actor
Steve Buscemi
Pete Wittel

Actor
Edie Falco
Sylvia Wittel

Actor
Steven Wright
Leon

Actor
Kurt Metzger
Kurt

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Alan Alda
Uncle Pete

Actor
Jessica Lange
Marsha

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Jack O'Connell
Dennis

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Hannah Dunne
Guest Star
Amy Sedaris
Guest Star
Nina Arianda
Guest Star
Louis C.K.
Executive Producer
Blair Breard
Executive Producer
Dave Becky
Executive Producer
Vernon Chatman
Executive Producer
Dino Stamatopoulos
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for Horace and Pete: Season 1

  • Jun 13, 2021
    I didn't know what to expect when I tuned in to the pilot and was surprised initially by the all-star cast but then the story line drew me in and I was compelled to see them all. Many aspects of this ding areas that I normally would not be drawn to - nihilism, racism, disrepectful behaviors and attitudes in general and I have to say however that gritting my teeth through some of this resulted in an overall positive experience and in retrospect I have a greater respect for Louis CK than I did before. I admit that if not reminded that these attitudes and behaviors exist, we might get complacent about them. I would not re-visit this but I am glad I did.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    This is an extraordinary production. It is dark, beautiful and true. I feel lucky to have found it. We should have more like this. Amazing on every level and deserving of every award out there. If you did not like this new American classic, your life has been too easy or you are under thirteen.
  • Jun 29, 2020
    Unbelievable. It is a filmed stage play...and every character is intriguing and gives a terrific performance.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    Honestly this was the worst show I've seen in years. It's a cesspool of dark energy at all times. The ups are so low and the lows are Joker-level rock-bottom at times; it's empty-void-of-the-human-soul kinda stuff and I don't recommend it for anyone. This is what trauma-based programming looks like, in case anyone was unsure what that term is getting at. This show projects the complete instability of all forms of family--violence, substance abuse, betrayal, parental abandonment. It is not relatable, only in the way that it re-traumatizes through broadcasting the trauma again. And the show itself...horrible acting--Uncle Pete is convincing albeit linear--and characters that make us feel bad to watch. Like, I would never hang out with any of these people and would leave immediately. Louis CK has a sick energy about him, talented or not. It's real and is not part of his acting. You can see it too. The show also is trying to manipulate us. It plays both sides of the identity politics card, not exploring the sides but oversimplifying the great divide in this country. There is a much bigger discussion that needs to be had. This show is diversion. Buscemi...why did you say yes to this? Shameful.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    I didn't like the show. It was just really depressing and sad to me. I wouldn't even call it dark humor because it was just dark.
  • Jan 24, 2020
    Louis CK in one of his most interesting attempt to entertain people. Drama mixed with subtle comedy. It is more theatre than tv, but it never feels too long or boring: every episode finds its way to get your attention. Great performances from the whole cast.
  • Jul 23, 2019
    CK and Buscemi is not the family you'd want but it is the one you've got and the one you can't stop conversing with. Horace And Pete CK's love letter to Eugene O'Neill follows a non-pretentious arthouse system. And no, I am not concluding it on the basis of its marketing technique, but the broadminded shallowness of the ideology it refers to. If the theme in Louis CK, the creator's, play dissects the inside of prejudiced abhorrent beings, he is also not obsessed on pursuing you to change or whip you with its content, on the other hand. His project isn't ambiguous or vague, if anything it is the most complete story told in its entirety to serve nothing but the purpose that it evidently wants you to eradicate from your thinking. The livelihood that it depicts is the punishment to the unfair activities that these fellows bring upon themselves and onto others. CK doesn't compromise the quality of the show by steering it towards preaching-to-the-choir tone. Just like his stand up material, a lot of the thinking is left up to you. This personal project of his shows enormous amount of enthusiasm on not caring on the views or opinions that its by product will have. And those politically incorrect views are the distraction unlike the material we have been bombarded with in the last few years. That crispiness, the humorisc debates, the goofiness is a celebratory distraction to what's going on or goes on in a bar. The real drama lies in the silence pitched on the screen that observes the physicality of these character in contrast to the surrounding they are in. The stillness that CK has captured is impeccable, so rarely do you get to see these calm and sweet moments choreographed and danced. Horace And Pete is a drama that is ahead of its time, just served us as a teaser to what should and could be our future, both in the real world and this two dimensional screen that we have been naming as "the idiot box".
  • Jan 14, 2018
    Amazing. Truly groundbreaking work
  • Dec 25, 2017
    Its a shame with everything that has come out about Louie C.K but the story telling in this show is masterful, please give it a watch.
  • Sep 08, 2017
    Funny, sad & depressing

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