In ‘Horace and Pete’, Louis CK made unmissable television… and left it behind.

On January 30th, stand-up comic/actor/director/writer Louis CK surprised those subscribed to his mailing list with the debut episode of a brand new TV show. It was available to purchase on his website for $2, and it wasn’t just a pilot: there’s been an episode a week since. I would wait to write about it upon its final episode, but there’s been no indication how many there there will be and, most thrillingly, CK doesn’t seem to know either. Episode 5 ended with the caption “End of Act One” – but only God and Louis know what that means. Some episodes feel like beautifully crafted stand-alone plays, others like installments of a soap opera. Either way, free from the constraints of cable, CK has crafted one of the finest TV shows in some time, with a cast to rival any HBO production: and he did it alone.

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