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TV Review: Louie

o-LOUIS-CK-SEASON-4-PREMIERE-facebookShrewsbury, Massachusetts-  Last year, we all had to suffer a lack of a season of Louie in our lives. Comedian Louis CK decided to take a creative break from his hit television show to focus on his stand-up special. Now after a year away, CK has returned to us with a variety of new madcap episodes for his fourth season.

Louis CK is still working in the tough world of New York City. He is constantly juggling his job as a comic and as a father of two girls. Louie is also coming to terms with the fact that he is getting closer and closer to 50. As he grows older, Louie continues to live his life despite the interruptions of models, charity benefits, and hurt backs.

From the opening moments of the first episode, it is fantastic to see Louie return after all this time. It is filled with all the hilarious, absurdist, and dark bits of humor that made the show so great in the first place. CK’ work ethic is unmatched and it fuels the creative energy of this show. The first two episodes make us feel like no time has passed at all and we are drawn right back into the groove of the show.

Louie himself is cantankerously brilliant as always. He consistently keeps proving himself as a talented actor, writer, and comic. This season has already given an impressive set of guest stars. Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman are lovely as themselves. Charles Grodin makes a nice return from wherever he’s been all this time as Louie’s new doctor. In the second episode of the season, Yvonne Strahovski is great as a model that Louie befriends.

Taking a break was exactly what this show needed. In its third season, things seemed like they were hitting a little bit of a slump. The show was evolving after an incredible second season. Now that time was taken off, there is more of a gradual shift and balance between what the show was and what the show is now. It is something that helps tremendously.

Louie is just as good as it’s always been. If the first two episodes are any indication, it is that CK has yet to run out of stories to tell. He is still an incredible knack for storytelling that makes you laugh and tugs at your soul. The guests are great and the writing hysterical. The best comedy on television is back and it is better than ever.

Louie is on Monday nights @ 10 on FX. Past seasons are available to stream on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Prime. 

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