Lucky Louie

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Lucky Louie
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Louis C.K.
Directed by Gary Halvorson (pilot)
Andrew D. Weyman
Starring Louis C.K.
Pamela Adlon
Kelly Gould
Mike Hagerty
Jim Norton
Laura Kightlinger
Rick Shapiro
Jerry Minor
Kim Hawthorne
Theme music composer Mark Rivers
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (1 unaired)[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Louis C.K.
Mike Royce
Vic Kaplan
Dave Becky
Producer(s) Leo Clarke
Editor(s) Brian Schnuckel
Cinematography Bruce L. Finn
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run June 11, 2006 (2006-06-11) – August 27, 2006 (2006-08-27)

Lucky Louie is an American television sitcom created by Louis C.K., which aired on HBO for one season in 2006. In addition to being the creator, writer and executive producer of the series, C.K. starred as the eponymous Louie, a part-time mechanic. The show revolves around the life of Louie, who lives with his wife, Kim, who is a full-time nurse (played by Pamela Adlon), and their four-year-old daughter, Lucy (Kelly Gould). A first for HBO, Lucky Louie was filmed before a live studio audience, in a multiple-camera setup.[2]

HBO ordered 12 episodes of the series which aired during the 2006 summer season. In addition, eight scripts for a second season were ordered.[3] In September 2006, however, HBO announced that the show had been canceled.[4]

Creator Louis C.K. has claimed that the show's swift cancellation was not primarily attributed to ratings, and that the show rated higher than Deadwood.[5] In Canada, Lucky Louie was shown on Movie Central, The Movie Network, and on The Comedy Network.

Lucky Louie is, at first glance, a classic-style situation comedy inspired by Norman Lear's classic shows. It features a three-camera shoot in front of a live audience with no artificial laugh track, much like the classic sitcoms of the 1970s such as All in the Family. In premise, Lucky Louie is similar to other classic sitcoms like All in the Family or Roseanne, telling the story of an unsophisticated working-class family. In interviews, Louis C.K. criticized other sitcoms for making the settings too elaborate and decided to have his show's sets look simple, shallow, and spartan. The show deals with serious mature topics like sex and racism, uses adult language, and displays nudity (only male).

The cast of Lucky Louie is notable for including performers better known for stand-up comedy than acting, including Jim Norton, Laura Kightlinger, Nick DiPaolo, Todd Barry and Rick Shapiro.

Plot[edit]

The series revolves around Louie who lives with his wife, Kim, and their four-year-old daughter, Lucy. Louie works part-time at the local muffler shop owned by his friend Mike. Kim is a full-time registered nurse at a hospital and is the family's breadwinner.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role Notes
Louis C.K. Louie Protagonist
Pamela Adlon Kim Louie's wife
Kelly Gould Lucy Louie's & Kim's daughter
Michael G. Hagerty Mike Louie's employer and friend
Laura Kightlinger Tina Mike's wife
Jerry Minor Walter Louie's & Kim's neighbor
Kim Hawthorne Ellen Walter's wife
Rick Shapiro Jerry Kim's brother
Jim Norton Rich Louie's friend

Crew[edit]

Louis C.K. served as creator, star, head writer and executive producer. Mike Royce served as showrunner and executive producer. Other executive producers included Dave Becky and Vic Kaplan. Writers included C.K. and Royce, Kit Boss (Co-Executive Producer), Patricia Breen (Executive Story Editor), Jon Ross (Executive Story Editor), Mary Fitzgerald (Staff Writer), Greg Fitzsimmons (Staff Writer), Dan Mintz (Staff Writer), Dino Stamatopoulos (writer), and Aaron Shure (Consulting Producer), formerly of Everybody Loves Raymond.

The theme, entitled "Lucky Louie Theme", was composed by Mark Rivers. Animated title sequence by David Tristman

Andrew D. Weyman served as the series' main director. Producers on the show were Leo Clarke and Andrew D. Weyman. Associate producer was Ralph Paredes. Consulting producer was Tracy Katsky.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by[6] Written by[6] Original air date
1 "Pilot" Gary Halvorson Louis C.K. June 11, 2006
Kim's offer of a week full of sex arouses Louie's suspicions of her motives; Louie tries to befriend his neighbor, Walter.
2 "Kim's O" Andrew D. Weyman Dan Mintz & Aaron Shure June 18, 2006
Having led Kim into uncharted sexual terrain, Louie is asked to rekindle the magic—or face the consequences.
3 "A Mugging Story" Andrew D. Weyman Patricia Breen June 25, 2006
Kim tries to turn the tables on a young mugger, but instead ends up forcing Louie into the role of night watchman.
4 "Long Weekend" Andrew D. Weyman Louis C.K. July 2, 2006
With the Fourth of July approaching, Louie impulsively spends Kim's picnic money on an expensive Frankenstein doll he bought over the internet.
5 "Control" Andrew D. Weyman Dino Stamatopoulos July 9, 2006
Concerned about Louie's bad eating habits, Kim puts him on a healthy diet that only aggravates the problem.
6 "Flowers for Kim" Andrew D. Weyman Jon Ross July 16, 2006
After an argument with Kim, Louie calls his wife a cunt, leading to an abrupt end to what was supposed to be a sex-filled weekend.
7 "Discipline" Andrew D. Weyman Story: Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K.
Teleplay: Louis C.K.
July 23, 2006
Louie and Kim ask for Walter's help in correcting Lucy's rude behavior.
8 "Get Out" Andrew D. Weyman Mike Royce July 30, 2006
Tina's rebellious daughter Shannon walks out of her mother's life and ends up walking into Louie and Kim's.
9 "Drinking" Andrew D. Weyman Kit Boss August 6, 2006
After Louie decides to attend a basketball game with Mike and Rich instead of taking care of his sick daughter, he is arrested for DUI.
10 "Confession" Andrew D. Weyman Mary Fitzgerald & Aaron Shure August 13, 2006
Forced to go to church after pawning Lucy off on Ellen, Louie finds an unexpected ear for his gripes in the confessional booth.
11 "Louie Quits" Andrew D. Weyman Dan Mintz August 20, 2006
After discovering that the only reason he got a raise in his job (and got hired to begin with) was due to the "charity" of his wife and friends, Louie quits and looks for new work.
12 "Kim Moves Out" Andrew D. Weyman Louis C.K. August 27, 2006
Kim realizes that she hates Louie and decides to move out.
13 "Clowntime Is Over" Andrew D. Weyman Jon Ross Unaired
Series finale. After Bingo the clown doesn't turn up to Lucy's party, Louie is forced to become "Mr. Pizza Box Man" to the enjoyment of all the children. Other families start contracting his services.

Critical reception[edit]

Lucky Louie received mixed reviews from critics and retains a Metacritic score of 48 out of 100 based on 19 reviews. [7]

DVD release[edit]

HBO released the entire series of Lucky Louie on January 30, 2007.[8] It includes an unaired episode "Clowntime is Over". The DVD also includes four commentaries and a look at the taping of an episode.

Controversy[edit]

In August 2006, during the show's run, Bill Donohue, president of the American organization Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, issued a news release about Lucky Louie, calling the series "barbaric".[9] The release provides a bulleted list of content from the show that the organization finds obscene, from the ten episodes that had been broadcast at that time. In January 2007, Louis C.K. was a guest in studio on the Opie & Anthony radio show (co-hosted by Jim Norton, who plays Rich on Lucky Louie). Donohue appeared on the show as a phone-in guest that day, and C.K. started a conversation with him about his comments on Lucky Louie. C.K. challenged Donohue's news release and accused him of misrepresenting the show by taking things out of context. Donohue admitted that even though the press release bears his name, he had never seen an episode of the show.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lucky Louie - The Complete First Season". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ "About the Show". Lucky Louie website. HBO. 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  3. ^ retrieved December 10, 2006
  4. ^ retrieved June 18, 2007
  5. ^ "Louis C.K. on the Words You Can't Say on FX (NSFW)". Tvsquad.com. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  6. ^ a b DVD insert
  7. ^ "Lucky Louie - Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 2006-06-11. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  8. ^ retrieved December 10, 2006
  9. ^ "HBO's "Lucky Louie" is Barbaric". Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. August 14, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ Hosts: Hughes, Gregg; Cumia, Anthony; Norton, Jim (January 24, 2007). "Show of January 24, 2007". The Opie & Anthony Show. Textual recap of the show: User "Struff" (September 1, 2008). "1.24.07 SHOW RECAP: Louis CK In Studio, Bill Donohue On Phone". Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ C.K., Louis (January 24, 2007). "catholiclouie". Archived from the original on March 31, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 

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