The BEST episodes directed by Louis C.k.

Episode 10
star
8.86
302 votes

#1 - Episode 10

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 10

It’s 1976 and we meet the family. Sylvia wants to travel. Pete returns.

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Episode 7
star
8.55
283 votes

#2 - Episode 7

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 7

Pete wants to landmark the bar. Horace spends the night with a customer.

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Episode 9
star
8.52
269 votes

#3 - Episode 9

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 9

Pete has a vision. Horace visits Tricia in the hospital.

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Episode 3
star
8.38
382 votes

#4 - Episode 3

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 3

Horace's ex-wife Sarah comes to the bar to ask for Horace's advice.

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Episode 6
star
8.35
293 votes

#5 - Episode 6

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 6

Pete goes out with a girl he met online. Later, he brings her home for a family dinner.

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In the Woods (2)
star
8.31
748 votes

#6 - In the Woods (2)

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 12

Louie Remembers his past.

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Late Show (3)
star
8.30
831 votes

#7 - Late Show (3)

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 12

Right before Louie shoots his talk show pilot, Jerry Seinfeld comes to him some surprising news.

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Halloween / Ellie
star
8.29
958 votes

#8 - Halloween / Ellie

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 10

Louie and his daughters go trick-or-treating on Halloween in New York City. As darkness falls, they are confronted by a pair of costumed punks. Louie's younger daughter Jane confronts the two men and helps scare them away. In the second part of this episode, Louie sits in on a brainstorming session for an upcoming cop movie. Louie's ideas for the script get the attention of a high-powered movie producer named Ellie. Louie is promptly invited to lunch to discuss movie ideas, but ultimately his ideas prove too dark for Hollywood.

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Pamela (3)
star
8.28
760 votes

#9 - Pamela (3)

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 14

Pamela & Louie

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Duckling
star
8.28
1031 votes

#10 - Duckling

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 11

Louie unwillingly takes home Jane's class ducklings for the evening. The next morning he embarks on a 5-day USO tour in the Middle East, when unbeknownst to him, Lily had hidden one of the ducklings in his suitcase to keep him safe. Louie meets other entertainers (including country western singer Keni Thomas) as well as many various soldiers during his time overseas. The duckling ends up bringing Louie and others good luck in ridiculous and heartwarming fashion.

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Episode 8
star
8.25
280 votes

#11 - Episode 8

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 8

Horace takes Pete to the mental hospital for his yearly review. Tricia visits Pete again.

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Daddy's Girlfriend (1)
star
8.22
894 votes

#12 - Daddy's Girlfriend (1)

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 4

Louie is looking for a mate.

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So Did the Fat Lady
star
8.22
900 votes

#13 - So Did the Fat Lady

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 3

Louie meets somebody new.

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Telling Jokes / Set-Up
star
8.19
993 votes

#14 - Telling Jokes / Set-Up

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 2

Louie has dinner at a friend's house.

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Episode 4
star
8.18
325 votes

#15 - Episode 4

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 4

Uncle Pete offers Pete advice about women. Horace connects with an old girlfriend.

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Miami
star
8.17
1063 votes

#16 - Miami

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 3

Louie goes to Miami.

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New Year's Eve
star
8.16
735 votes

#17 - New Year's Eve

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 13

Louie struggles through the holidays.

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So Old / Playdate
star
8.16
1265 votes

#18 - So Old / Playdate

Louie - 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.

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Barney / Never
star
8.15
858 votes

#19 - Barney / Never

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 6

A guy dies, Louie meets a comedian, and has a bad day with a bad kid.

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Episode 5
star
8.12
304 votes

#20 - Episode 5

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 5

The family gathers at the bar to discuss it's future. Marsha reminisces about her teenage years. Horace makes a proposal to Sylvia.

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Subway / Pamela
star
8.12
1014 votes

#21 - Subway / Pamela

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 6

Louie starts his evening with a surreal trip on the NYC subway, where he witnesses a busker playing beautiful violin music while a filthy homeless man scrubs himself down with bottled water nearby, has a black-and-white vision of himself saving the riders from a soda-soaked seat, and then heads into the opening credits. Later, he meets his friend Pamela for lunch, and he ends up passionately telling her how he feels about her. And she doesn't respond at first, leaving him to misread a later invitation of hers, and the revelation ends with Louie standing outside her building and screaming in pain and anger.

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Pamela (2)
star
8.10
777 votes

#22 - Pamela (2)

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 13

Louie & Pamela go on a date.

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Daddy's Girlfriend (2)
star
8.09
920 votes

#23 - Daddy's Girlfriend (2)

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 5

Louie goes on a date.

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Late Show (2)
star
8.09
777 votes

#24 - Late Show (2)

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 11

Louie's "training" gets off to a rough start as he prepares for his chance to audition for David Letterman's job.

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Sleepover
star
8.09
672 votes

#25 - Sleepover

Louie - Season 5 - Episode 6

Jane has some friends over.

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Bully
star
8.08
1270 votes

#26 - Bully

Louie - 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.

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Episode 2
star
8.07
414 votes

#27 - Episode 2

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 2

Horace has an uncomfortable encounter with Marsha. Sylvia has dire news. Horace meets with his daughter while Marsha encounters a handsome stranger.

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Night Out
star
8.06
1177 votes

#28 - Night Out

Louie - 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.

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Come On, God
star
8.05
1133 votes

#29 - Come On, God

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 8

The spokeswoman for a group called Christians Against Masturbation, Ellen Farber, and Louie have a debate about the morality of masturbation on a the FOX News program, Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. Louie is the only person they could find willing to openly defend masturbation. After the show Louie goes home and masturbates while imagining a woman he had just seen on the elevator. Then, at Ellen's request, he attends a CAM meeting, and goes out for drinks with her after. She invites him up to her suite, but Louie is denied when he tries to go in for a kiss. Ellen gives a long passionate speech about how nice it would be to talk, date a long time before a kiss (but not "making out"), then finally getting to see her in her underwear on their wedding night. Then he goes to her suite bathroom to masturbate.

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Episode 1
star
8.04
624 votes

#30 - Episode 1

Horace and Pete - Season 1 - Episode 1

Horace's sister Sylvia arrives with her lawyer and gives notice that she intends to sue the bar for her share of the inheritance and to sell it, as the bar is unprofitable due to years of mismanagement.

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Potluck
star
8.04
817 votes

#31 - Potluck

Louie - Season 5 - Episode 1

Louie goes to a potluck dinner.

Model
star
8.04
947 votes

#32 - Model

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 2

Louie does a benefit show.

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Bummer / Blueberries
star
8.04
1129 votes

#33 - Bummer / Blueberries

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 2

In the first part of the episode, Louie awkwardly scores a "non-date" with a young woman who has no real interest in him, but a shocking and violent encounter on his way to meet her for a movie leads to a darker, more introspective Louie that appeals to her—until he tells her the specifics of that encounter. In the second part, Louie is approached by his daughter's classmate's mom to have an emotionless sexual encounter; he agrees to do it, and comes to regret that decision every step of the way.

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Elevator (6)
star
8.03
788 votes

#34 - Elevator (6)

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 9

Mother nature takes control of Louie's life.

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Pregnant
star
8.03
1093 votes

#35 - Pregnant

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 1

Louie's pregnant sister visits, and she needs to be taken to the hospital during the night as she is in pain. Upon hearing his sister screaming, Louie's two neighbors arrive. After some indecision, one of them looks after the kids while Louie and the other neighbor bring his sister to the hospital. Though it turns out to be a false alarm, Louie finds a bond with the people who live around him.

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Travel Day / South
star
8.02
1261 votes

#36 - Travel Day / South

Louie - 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.

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New Jersey / Airport
star
8.01
1015 votes

#37 - New Jersey / Airport

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 13

Louie takes some bad advice from Steven Wright and winds up getting in a car with an attractive but somewhat creepy woman who takes him to New Jersey for a devil's three-way with her husband, which leads to Louie wandering the Jersey 'burbs at night and relying on his pal Chris Rock to rescue him; Louie takes a trip to the airport with Pamela.

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Back
star
8.01
971 votes

#38 - Back

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 1

Louie has a typical day.

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Ikea / Piano Lesson
star
8.01
792 votes

#39 - Ikea / Piano Lesson

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 7

Louie takes an old friend shopping and has a bit of an emergency.

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Oh Louie / Tickets
star
8.00
1051 votes

#40 - Oh Louie / Tickets

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 7

The episode begins in a flashback with Louie filming the pilot for a sitcom. After complaining about the unrealistic dialogue and use of Bob Saget as the next door neighbor, Louie is shown arriving home to an unseen and presumably upset wife and their newborn baby Lilly. The episode then jumps to Lilly's tenth birthday. Louie sets out to obtain Lady GaGa concert tickets as a birthday present for his daughter, but doing so means he has to approach Dane Cook, a very successful comedian who is upset by accusations he has stolen material from Louie.

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Joan
star
7.99
980 votes

#41 - Joan

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 4

After a disappointing experience trying to do a set at a casino lounge, Louie cancels his contract and wanders the casino floor. He ends up watching a section of Joan Rivers's set in the casino's theater, and goes backstage to meet her. She invites him to hang out in her suite, where she proceeds to explain how he should be grateful for his opportunities. As a result, they have sexual intercourse and Louie goes and gets his job back.

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Late Show (1)
star
7.99
840 votes

#42 - Late Show (1)

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 10

Louie takes advantage of an incredible opportunity on The Tonight Show and gets a potential job offer afterwards that could change his life.

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Something is Wrong
star
7.99
1066 votes

#43 - Something is Wrong

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 1

Louie breaks up with his new love interest, gets his car destroyed by a construction crew, buys a new motorcycle, and winds up in the hospital.

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Poker / Divorce
star
7.94
1587 votes

#44 - Poker / Divorce

Louie - 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.

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Looking for Liz / Lilly Changes
star
7.92
670 votes

#45 - Looking for Liz / Lilly Changes

Louie - Season 3 - Episode 9

Louie searches for a lost love and then for his daughter.

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Country Drive
star
7.90
1066 votes

#46 - Country Drive

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 5

Louie and his daughters take a long drive to visit Louie's great aunt Ellen out in rural Pennsylvania, where Louie mostly ignores his younger daughters' complaints of boredom and has a blast rocking out to "Who Are You?". There, they find her actions and vocabulary weird, specifically her use of the word nigger, referring to Brazil nuts as niggertoes. Louie decides he wants his daughters to talk to Ellen without any censoring, but the point becomes moot when she collapses and dies in her kitchen. Louie then does a stand-up bit about Tom Sawyer being a good kid and Huckleberry Finn a bigoted little jerk.

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Eddie
star
7.90
1068 votes

#47 - Eddie

Louie - Season 2 - Episode 9

After a set, Louie is greeted by Eddie Mack, a fellow comedian who started his career the same time as Louie but has never found much success and lives in his broken-down car. He and Eddie catch up after not seeing each other for 20 years by going to the liquor store and then an open mic where Eddie does a very funny routine under the stage name "Shitty Fat Tits" before Eddie confesses his plans to end his own life, leaving Louie to ponder how (or if) to dissuade him.

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In the Woods (1)
star
7.89
772 votes

#48 - In the Woods (1)

Louie - Season 4 - Episode 11

Louie Remembers his past.

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A La Carte
star
7.89
726 votes

#49 - A La Carte

Louie - Season 5 - Episode 2

Louie hosts an open mic.

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Dogpound
star
7.89
1347 votes

#50 - Dogpound

Louie - 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.

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