Do you watch Louie? Louis C.K.'s comedy-disguised-as-pathos—or is it the other way around?—returns for Season 4 on Monday, May 5 after more than a year off the air, and based on the first two episodes (which will air back-to-back at 10pm and 10:30pm), nothing has changed. The show has been one of television's best since it debuted in 2010, and I'd wager that, unlike Louie's ever-souring opinion of his body and life, it's getting better with age.
Louie is still about a sad sack of a man who generally watches life pass him by. He feels like an alien on another planet, unable to connect with the world right in front of him because it doesn't want to connect with him. He tends to only have luck with people who end up being crazier than he is. And he's still a man we can all identify with, even those of us who aren't 46 years old, balding, and divorced with two kids.
And that's the beauty of Louie. The series has a way of universally connecting to its audience and evoking sympathy for this man who can't seem to get a fair shake in life. Of course, Louie is on the losing end of many of the situations he gets himself into, but the storytelling is so sharp that his experiences come across as a good friend's stories of comical misery—the kind of tale where everyone has a laugh at after the fact. There's beauty in that ability to make something feel so real yet so extraordinary, and Louie captures it beautifully.
This season, FX will air two episodes of Louie each week beginning on Monday, May 5. Quick, spoiler-free preview: In the first episode, "Back," things are more scattershot, as Louie deals with the same things he usually deals with—his deteriorating body, his kids, his friends who are shamelessly honest about how they spend their private time, the usual. It's a solid episode, and one of the few that actually has a punchline. But the second episode, "Model," is pure genius. It's Louie at its resilient best, and one of my favorite episodes of the series. I won't give anything away because that would be criminal, but keep an eye out for a couple guest stars, a roller-coaster of good and bad fortune, and a stellar ending. And remember, it's okay to laugh AT this guy—that's what you're supposed to do.
Louie airs Mondays at 10pm on FX, starting May 5.
AIRED ON 5/28/2015
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