10 Best Episodes of Louie - Season 1

Louis C.K. stars as a fictionalized version of himself; a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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Louie - S1E1

#13 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)

In the first segment, Louie volunteers to chaperon his daughter's field trip along with her teacher, which a surly bus driver helps turn into a disaster. In the second segment, Louie goes on an awkward and unsuccessful first date.

The episode was rated 7.39 from 758 votes.

Louie - S1E11

#12 - God (Season 1 - Episode 11)


When a nun at his Catholic school feels a young Louie and his friend aren't sufficiently penitent over Christ's suffering on the cross, a visiting doctor is brought in to give a graphic, medically specific description of the event, which haunts and frightens Louie. But Louie's mother turns up in a new incarnation as a wise and loving parent who tells Louie that relying on dogma isn't the best way to be a good person.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 375 votes.

Louie - S1E10

#11 - Dentist / Tarese (Season 1 - Episode 10)

During a stand up routine, Louie discusses serious topics such as child abuse and abduction. In the first segment, Louie goes to a new dentist who's afraid of dentists himself and specializes in calming patients fears. Louie is anesthetized and provided with middle eastern music. While under, he dreams about speaking with Osama Bin Laden and a group of terrorists. The group discuss ethics and the 9/11 attacks. Louie then dreams that the dentist is putting a banana in his mouth. When he wakes up he finds the dentist frantically zipping his pants, implying that Louie was orally raped. While performing stand up, Louie discusses the intricacies of male sexuality. In a second segment, he attempts to court a black woman named Tarese who works at the local grocery store. After buying groceries, Louie buys the woman flowers (from the same store), checks out at her register, and then gives the flowers to her. Tarese calls the manager to complain and the manager reimburses Louie for the flowers. Louie is waiting for the woman when she gets off of work, and walks home with her. Although Tarese is openly not interested, Louie walks with her to her apartment, where he is turned down. He then meets her sister as she is leaving the apartment complex. The next scene shows the two performing coitus. In a closing stand up segment, Louie professes his love for Jewish women.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 377 votes.

Louie - S1E8

#10 - Dogpound (Season 1 - Episode 8)


After leaving his girls with their mother for a week, Louie tries to cope with their absence. He initially plans on exercising, but ends up eating ice cream and pizza for two days. Later, he's pressured into smoking pot with his obnoxious neighbor and decides to get an adult dog, which promptly dies. After Animal Control picks up the dog to dispose of it, Louie's girls return and he tells them he had a good weekend.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 408 votes.

Louie - S1E7

#9 - Double Date / Mom (Season 1 - Episode 7)

In the first segment, Louie deals with the awkward situation created when he's propositioned by his brother to join in a three-way. In the second segment, Louie's unpleasant and stupid mother visits to report that she's now a lesbian, but is met with unloving indifference from Louie and injured resentment from Robby.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 415 votes.

Louie - S1E2

#8 - Poker / Divorce (Season 1 - Episode 2)


In the first segment, the conversation during a poker game becomes an intense exploration of gay culture. In the second segment, after Louie's brother depresses him about the finality of his divorce, Louie reminisces about a high school crush, subsequently looking her up on Facebook.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 585 votes.

Louie - S1E12

#7 - Gym (Season 1 - Episode 12)

After an exhausting morning getting his girls ready for school, Louie lets a fellow dad at his daughter's school train him at the gym, where he proves to be in worse shape than he thought.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 359 votes.

Louie - S1E6

#6 - Heckler / Cop Movie (Season 1 - Episode 6)


In the first segment, Louie deals with a heckler during his gig at the Comedy Cellar. In the second segment, Louie is guilted into accepting a role as a cop in a movie directed by Matthew Broderick, but finds acting difficult.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 434 votes.

Louie - S1E9

#5 - Bully (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Flashbacks depict Louis learning about sex as a boy from his father and in school. On a date, he is emasculated by a high school student who threatens to beat him up. He secretly follows the bully home to Staten Island and confronts his parents.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 417 votes.

Louie - S1E3

#4 - Dr. Ben / Nick (Season 1 - Episode 3)


In the first segment, Louie goes to a doctor who's an old high school friend with an odd sense of humor. In the second segment, after performing at the Comedy Cellar, he dines with a fellow comedian who harbors passionate political views.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 512 votes.

Louie - S1E5

#3 - Travel Day / South (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Louie endures a number of typical airline problems traveling to Birmingham for a gig. After the show, he meets an intense fan and her intimidating brother at a local diner, and a sheriff who just wants a little appreciation.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 453 votes.

Louie - S1E4

#2 - So Old / Playdate (Season 1 - Episode 4)


In the first segment, Louie hooks up with a young woman at the Comedy Cellar (Elizabeth Hower) who's attracted to older guys. In the second segment, he bonds with a woman he meets at a PTA meeting while their kids are on a play date. Throughout the episode, Louie has odd interactions with his therapist.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 454 votes.

Louie - S1E13

#1 - Night Out (Season 1 - Episode 13)

On an aimless night out that his babysitter awkwardly talks him out of cancelling, Louie decides to break his rut by hanging out with a couple of black comics. After feeling completely out of place at a club, he ends up going to the Eastville Comedy Club to do a short set, then home to his kids for an early-morning pancake breakfast.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 346 votes.

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