Louie Season 5 Review: A Convergence of High- and Low-Brow

Photo Credit:http://www.idigitaltimes.com/louie-season-5-premiere-date-louis-ck-bringing-goofy-feel-new-episodes-409054

Louie‘s fifth season was also its shortest. But with only eight episodes, there was hardly room for error as the show proved that even with age, it’s still the most delightfully enigmatic show on TV.

There were a lot of different story strings at work here throughout the season, but Louie serves itself by the episode, not by the season. Sure, the failing relationship of Louie and Pamela definitely has an arc, but its the individual scenes that really crackle, not the build up to a certain revelation or anything.

Pamela only appears in three episodes this season, first to propose an open relationship, then to break up with Louie, and finally to destructively call him post-breakup. But she being the only real girlfriend he’s had since the divorce, her presence, or lack thereof, drives a lot of Louie’s feelings for the season.

There’s also a lot of questions about Louie as a parent as his daughters mature. There’s the outstanding scene in “Sleepover” where he and Lily fight over whether she was paying attention to the play they just saw. The generation gap is wonderfully explored while doing justice to both sides of the argument.

This argument also had to do with the larger overall examination of art in season five. Starting with the depressing young standup comedian in “A La Carte” and ending with Louie’s opener lighting his fart on fire on stage in “The Road Part 2,” season five spent a lot of time sending up the difference between high- and low-brow. With the brilliant genre-bender “Untitled” hitting mid-season, Louis CK was seemingly exploring new grounds for himself and the show all season. This isn’t something new to Louie, but season five definitely committed to it more than previous seasons, and it was all the better for it.

So with strong meditations on the most important things in Louie’s life and a broad experimentation on the line between what makes something good or bad, season five was easily another winner for what remains one of the best shows on TV. If there’s one complaint, it’s that the season went by too quickly. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *