I love everything about this uneven show. Some episodes are the finest writing and acting out there; others, so rough and ready in their failures that you have to marvel at Louis CK's artistic integrity. I wish it had reached a bigger audience. There is so much middle aged sadness, so much masculine regret, so much truth in avoiding the sentimental and cheap. I recommend it.
Horace and Pete makes Eugene O'Neill look like a cad. Literally changed my life. What is popular entertainment capable of? The gauntlet is down, brah. Louis C.K. has now established himself as a great American writer. In the tradition. Standing up to, you know, the Great American Writers. The room here for performers to do real work is remarkable and touching. Fascinating use of space. Wildly individual use of sound.
From the very first scene I knew I had stumbled upon something truly exceptional. The whole enterprise feels as if Flannery O'Conner were the showrunner for CHEERS. HORACE AND PETE is one of the bleakest stories I have ever seen, but it's often in the darkest of corners that we glimpse the shadows of light. After years of stand-up and sitcoms, Louis C.K. has built one of the quintessential American tragedies.