Lucky Louie: Season 1 (2006)

Season 1
Lucky Louie

Critics Consensus

Lucky Louie yearns desperately to achieve "edgy family sitcom" status, but gets hopelessly lost along the way.



Critic Ratings: 20


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User Ratings: 7

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Air date: Jun 11, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Lucky Louie Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

One of HBO's more fascinating series - but not because it's good, or funny. It's actually a failed experiment in TV genre, and a reminder of the power of the unspoken and the unseen in entertainment.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Louis C.K. plays the part without any pretense and lets the sharp writing stand out... But the real catalyst of the show is the actress Pamela Adlon, who turns the role of the put-upon TV comedy wife on its head.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Perhaps it was misunderstood, but Lucky Louie definitely had something. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Man alive does this show blow.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Mostly it feels like envelope-pushing for envelope-pushing's sake.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sorry, but adding nudity and profanity to old jokes, old situations and old fights doesn't make them new or better or, in this case, amusing. It just makes them unpleasant.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's as if HBO has bought into the misconception that the only difference between it and the networks is dirtiness.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Because of the format, there's more breadth, more scope for other points of view - and no shortage of laughs. The result is a rich package, whether the subject is being married, raising kids, or the difficulties of being fat, middle-aged and poor.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If you can adjust to the simplicity of the televised stage and yield to the laughter, this is charming and funny. And it's also the smartest way I've ever seen a sitcom give its exposition.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lucky Louie: Season 1

  • Nov 26, 2018
    I'm a huge fan of Louis C.K. the stand-up comedian and seeing him in a sitcom setting has its pros and cons. The characters are a lot of fun and the way Louis's humour blends with the everyday-life incidents that make up the plot results in some great comedic moments. The best episodes are the ones where his politically incorrect comedy is paired with realistic characterization - unlike the one and only season's second half, which veered a little too much towards harmless sitcom territory.
  • Sep 21, 2018
    So sad this was cancelled after only one season. Lucky Louie is a great adult comedy! Apparently the review aggregates only gave it 47% ... which Rotten Tomatoes "Critics" also give it - though actual viewers give it 100% On IMDB almost 9000 viewers there have given it an average of 8/10. Producers need to start listening to their audiences and not paid critics. (An example of a movie made for the critics instead of the audience is "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"). Tip for Studio execs: The industry's Critics may give you awards for your mantle, but nowadays (with social media giving a vast reach for word-of-mouth opinions) they don't fill your seats or buy your merchandise!

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