Horace and Pete: Season 1 Reviews

Top Critic
November 26, 2019
"Horace And Pete" is a signal to other performers. In a digital world, they can bring the right project directly to the people with quality and immediacy.
April 6, 2016
Horace and Pete was more comfortable with silence than any TV show made during my lifetime. Its style demanded that you experience drama in a way that's anathema to the values of contemporary television.
February 8, 2016
At a time when populist rancor is at a high and people are holding onto familiar fears because it's better than embracing something new, what could be a better time for a show that externalizes that sentiment?
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 5, 2016
This is an artist with a great deal of clout... - and he's using that cultural currency to challenge himself. It's worth a return visit to see where Horace and Pete will go from here.
February 2, 2016
It's dark. It's so dark, and random, and devoid of any humor, and out-of-the-blue surreal on a Twin Peaks level, and you know what? I laughed.
February 2, 2016
This series isn't going to be for everyone, but all of the disorientation and ingenuity certainly make it one of the most thrilling things to come along in some time.
February 2, 2016
It's a comedy, mostly, sort of, but a comedy that aims to capture the shifting tones of real life, the pathos and the existential aches as much as the laughter and the absurdities.
February 1, 2016
Horace and Pete is quiet and intimate when it's at its best, but in so many ways it feels like indulgence. And that's fine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 1, 2016
Like much of Louis C.K.'s TV work, Horace and Pete is a messy experiment that stays just on the good side of pretentiousness. But it's also probing, engaged and moving.
February 1, 2016
Gentle awkwardness quickly spirals into full-blown tragicomedy. If the first episode is any indication, Horace and Pete is the next great show to get obsessed over-and Louis did it on his own.
February 1, 2016
The strange thing is how well C.K.'s experiment seems to work in the end. The cast puts on a hell of a show; Alda is magnetic as he descends into sadness, while Falco injects Horace and Pete with tissue-worthy emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 1, 2016
Despite its dim view of the cultural moment, and the bitter edges of its characters, there is something exhilarating and hopeful about the show.
February 1, 2016
Even at its most obvious or ungainly, it's never less than interesting, and it's certainly not shy of conviction; no C.K. fan with an Internet connection and $5 to spare will want to pass it by.
February 1, 2016
C.K. may be pushing the boundaries of how to make TV, but, this time, he ended up in an untenable place for any artist: Where the distribution model has become more interesting than the product.
February 1, 2016
I wasn't expecting a stage-homage serial drama from Louis C.K.-but trust C.K. to be able to drop something unconventional like this onto the internet with no salesmanship whatsoever and have it land beautifully.
February 1, 2016
Louis CK can seemingly do whatever he likes, and his only concern is whether or not fans will buy it... It's a good time to be an artist and a better time to be a fan. Horace and Pete is his best work yet.