Louie the 14th (To Do the Same Old Jokes)

Louis CK's FX "comedy" has been praised for its edgy style, but when you look past the gritty-indie camerawork and ooh-aren't-we-daring? use of politically incorrect epithets (including the n-word in a repugnant vignette about how African-Americans allegedly don't leave tips), it's as boringly conventional as TV gets. Cross-cutting between Louie's stand-up act and sitcom story lines - a format Seinfeld quickly downplayed once it grew tired - the show beats such comedic dead horses as (in the case of this week's episode), "Isn't airline travel annoying?" and "Aren't Southerners weird?"

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