Originally Posted by DevdogAZ
If you're watching Louie for laughs, you're doing it wrong. There may or may not be laughs each week, but there will always be interesting, insightful, well-crafted stories that are usually different than anything else you'll see on TV.
Exactly. I view the show as experimental comedy. Yes, there is some very funny stuff at times, but much of the show isn't funny, at least not in the traditional sense. I can see where one might consider it to be "self indulgent", but I view it as an auteur pushing his craft in new directions. Some episodes are more successful than others, but overall I think it's a brilliant show.
I believe I read a while back that Louie gave up a lot of money in order to maintain total control over his show. I applaud him for this. Whether or not you like where the show has gone, it's completely unlike anything else on TV. This is what happens when a highly talented and creative mind is given full reign and doesn't have to kowtow to the execs at the network. The end result won't be for everyone, but I think television needs more people taking chances like this.