“Boarding Customers Who Need Assistance, and Customers Who Are Dying And Afraid”: Louie Season 5 Review.

In 2014 Louie went from a show which cared not a jot about structure or storytelling to delivering what were essentially three sprawling TV movies; ‘The Elevator’, ‘Into The Woods’ and ‘Pamela’ – which were existential, dense and often rather sombre tales. It’s easy sometimes to forget that Louie is a sitcom. CK stated though that this year he wanted to back away from such scary continuity and return to the old vignettes, and to the comedy. When it came out that we only even got a series this year because the comedian got high one night and called FX’s head honcho demanding to bring it forward, a decision he regretted the following day, it seemed we really were going back to a show that was ready to play fast and loose with its very being again. That wasn’t quite the case though.

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