LOUIE’S RELATIONSHIPS:
A THOUGHT-PROVOKING TAKE ON WOMEN OR A
DEPICTION OF HIS MISUNDERSTANDING?
Kristina Kokkonos
10.1 Pamela Adlon as Pamela and Louis C.K. as Louie in Louie, “Bobby’s House”
Louis C.K. is no stranger to exploring women in his
comedic material, as most male standups tend to do and his
dark sitcom, Louie, offers a fascinating take on his fictional
character’s romantic endeavors throughout five seasons.
Traditional love interest archetypes are present throughout the
show: the one-night stand, the romantic tragedy, the on-again-off-
again skeleton of a relationship. Each time a female character is
introduced, however, his encounters with them are hardly
understandable and, in some cases, entirely bizarre. From a
feminist perspective, this is potentially exciting and positive in the
sense that female characters in a male-written, directed, and
produced comedy are depicted as multifaceted and complex. But a
comparison of these types of characters that Louie is interested in
leads viewers to identify a commonality: they are all impossible to
figure out. Juxtaposing four enigmatic, female characters in Louie
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