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“Louie”

FX
2010 – present

This FX series hews so closely to Louis C.K.’s life as a single, stand-up comedian who’s trying to raise his two daughters in New York City that its mix of sad and sadder can get a bit much. But that’s the beauty of the discomfort comedy, much like C.K.’s own humor. It brilliantly throws a spotlight on human nature but thrives in the awkward, absurdist shadows that are created. Through this excruciating lens, the show takes you on some strange, sometimes fantastical paths to get at the truth, which is consistently compelling.

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The 10 Best TV Comedies of the 21st Century
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