Louie

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 9.30pm, ABC2 What’s this? Can Aunty’s evil twin (ABC2), really be adopt­ing the tac­tics of the com­mer­cial net­works by run­ning episodes of things ev­ery night as filler dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son? Surely not. The thing with Louie is that it was de­signed to be shown on com­mer­cial net­works. Each half-hour episode there­fore con­tains only 20 min­utes of ac­tual con­tent. I think I’d rather see three episodes in an hour on my ABC than 14 episodes for 20 min­utes ev­ery night for a fort­night. But let’s look on the bright side. Louie, fea­tur­ing the com­edy of New York co­me­dian Louis C.K., is just about the fun­ni­est thing on tele­vi­sion. Tonight’s fifth episode of sea­son two is en­ti­tled Preg­nant. Alarm bells, right? Maybe. Things be­gin with Louie’s five-year-old telling him how much she prefers be­ing with her mother, his ex-wife. Why? Be­cause there’s good food at her mother’s house, and be­cause she loves her more. Just as soon as she can’t see it, the lit­tle one gets flipped the bird by her lov­ing dad. Cue a stand-up rou­tine, filmed live, in which our man milks the sit­u­a­tion for all it’s worth. Then we’re back at Louie’s apart­ment with him strug­gling to lift his game for the kids. When Louie’s sis­ter Gretchen turns up very preg­nant, the fun really be­gins. Can Louie trust his male cou­ple neigh­bours when they knock on the door in the mid­dle of the night in re­sponse to her vi­o­lent scream­ing?

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