YMMV / Life With Louie

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Andy might be Shell-Shocked Veteran. The war did leave a huge impression on him for the rest of his life, even reliving certain aspects of it. He usually covers it up with exageration on his part about what happened.
  • Crazy Awesome: Andy in a nutshell. Most likely due to him being a Shell-Shocked Veteran.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Andy, for many reasons listed here
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The Jen Glen episode ultimately leads to a moral about not abandoning people, because your life isn't complete without extremely loud and verbally abusive people in it.
  • Poles Love Life With Louie: Probably because of the excellent dubbing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Although the animated Louie is capable of performing an excellent cannonball, the ABC reality TV show Splash shows us that the real Louie can't get out of a pool in the present, let alone dive.
    • The entire premise show once you found that unlike his cartoon father, Louie's real life dad was an alcoholic and a wife-beater. And while Louie did marry his childhood sweetheart, it lasted only 4 weeks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This wouldn't be the last time Justin Shenkarow would voice a bully.
  • Idiot Plot: The episode with Andy trying to get money from a bee farm, with the revelation at the end that his bees are really hornets. For this episode to make sense it requires everybody present, including the school teacher, who really should have known better, to never have seen a bee in their entire life, so nobody noticed that those "bees" were unusually big, had much more red color in their bodies than they should have and looked more like wasps than actual bees.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The massive fish Andy intends to catch in "Lake Winnibigoshish" proves to be quite a monster that easily demolishes his boat and almost eats him alive. Louie has quite the appropriate reaction when he sees it jumping out of the water behind his dad's back.
  • Values Dissonance: To a new tens viewer, the episode where Andy is fired will look quite odd - since Mr. Applegate would have legally been able to fire all of them on the spot, and they couldn't do anthing about it.
  • The Woobie: Louie sometimes has this role, especially considering some of the crap he's put through. The episode where he got shaken up by a tornado and becomes a shut-in comes to mind.