Louis C.K.'s first show, Lucky Louie was HBO's first multi-camera sitcom filmed in front of a live Studio Audience. Airing in 2006, and cancelled the same year, Lucky Louie starred Louis C.K. as Louie, a lower class husband and father and his family as they struggle through life in Boston.
A throwback to the sitcoms Louis C.K. grew up with like All in the Family, Lucky Louie emulates those shows by not being afraid of a frank and cynical view of life. Lucky Louie also differentiates itself from other modern sitcoms by airing on HBO, which means lots of swearing, Black Comedy, sex based storylines and nudity (Male only though. Female nudity isn't funny).
Lucky Louie contains examples of:
- Aborted Arc: The first two episodes focus on Kim's desire to have a second baby. It's not mentioned again in the show's (admittedly short) run.
- Alliterative Title
- Black Best Friend: Invoked. Louie really wants Walter to like him in the Pilot. It's because he thinks the lack of diversity in his daughter's life might have a negative effect.
- Black Comedy: Brought over from Louis C.K.'s stand up.
- Black Comedy Rape: When Louie accidentally ends up in a confessional, he ends up telling the priest about a dream he had about being raped by a demon.
- Country Matters: Louie gets in major trouble with Kim for using the word to describe her during a heated argument.
- Deconstruction: Of Dom Coms in general. This show does not pull any punches in its portrayal of married life and parenthood, Played for Laughs though it may be.
- Devil, but No God: Apparently, Louie believes in Hell but not God.
- "Friends" Rent Control: Averted. The small apartment is quite realistic for a low-income household.
- Hollywood Atheist: Averted, Louie doesn't believe in god, but no real reason is given and he doesn't make a big deal about it.
- Overly Long Gag: The very first scene in the show:Lucy: "Papa, can we play outside?"Louie: "No."Lucy: "Why?"Louie: Because it's 5:00 in the morning. It's too early.Cue Lucy asking "Why?" to everything Louie says, causing his subsequent explanations to gradually veer off in an unrelated direction
- Standardized Sitcom Housing: Intentionally averted. Louis C.K. said that he found other sitcom sets too complicated and mindfully sought a simple design for his set.
- Vocal Dissonance: Louie is very surprised to find out he has been confessing to a black priest.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Kim's response to Louie trying to act like a better husband after Kim says she hates him.