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Lucky Louie: Season 1: Episode 13 -- In this exclusive unaired episode, an impromptu appearance as a clown named Mr. Pizza Box Man lands Louie a profitable new side gig. Meanwhile, Kim's foul mouth gets her in hot water at Lucy's upscale ballet class.


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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 12)

Louis C.K. ... Louie (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Pamela Adlon ... Kim (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Mike Hagerty ... Mike (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Laura Kightlinger ... Tina (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Jim Norton ... Rich (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Rick Shapiro ... Jerry (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Kim Hawthorne ... Ellen (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Jerry Minor ... Walter (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kelly Gould ... Lucy (13 episodes, 2006-2007)

Series Directed by
Andrew D. Weyman (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Writing credits
Louis C.K. (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mary Fitzgerald (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Greg Fitzsimmons (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Dan Mintz (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jon Ross (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Aaron Shure (2 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Dave Becky .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Louis C.K. .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Leo Clarke .... producer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Vic Kaplan .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ralph Paredes .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mike Royce .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kit Boss .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tracy Katsky .... consulting producer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Aaron Shure .... consulting producer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Andrew D. Weyman .... producer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Original Music by
Mark Rivers (1 episode, 2006)
Series Cinematography by
Bruce L. Finn (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Film Editing by
Brian Schnuckel (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Casting by
Julie Ashton (unknown episodes)
Juel Bestrop (unknown episodes)
Jeanne McCarthy (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Naomi Slodki (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Art Direction by
Gregory Van Horn (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Set Decoration by
Julieann Getman (12 episodes, 2006)
Series Costume Design by
Caroline B. Marx (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Makeup Department
Theraesa Rivers .... hair department head (11 episodes, 2006-2007)

Rob Hinderstein .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Raissa Patton .... hair department head (unknown episodes)
Ellen Vieira .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Buckler .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Art Department
Jennifer Raftery .... property master (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Buddy Ray Reynolds .... set dresser (9 episodes, 2006-2007)
Rick McLean .... on-set painter (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Nancy Lowry .... set dresser (2 episodes, 2006)

Emilie Harvey .... lead painter (unknown episodes)
Grant Sawyer .... on-set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Laurence Abrams .... boom operator (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
John W. Cook II .... sound re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Christopher Landers .... additional re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Zeke Richardson .... sound editor (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
David Ruth .... dialogue editor (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Eric Pierce .... sound mixer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)

Judi Frenkel .... sound (unknown episodes)
Richard Luckey Jr. .... sound (unknown episodes)
Kevin Shannon .... sound (unknown episodes)
Johanna Turner .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Shawn Esposito .... digital artist (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Tepper .... still photographer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jason Young .... dimmer board operator (12 episodes, 2006)
Dave Forrest .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2006)
Michael Fastoso .... grip (4 episodes, 2006)

Jim Chizmar .... grip (unknown episodes)
Bernard Cistrunk .... rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
Kevin Edwards .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
Frank Hughes .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
Thomas McCarty .... additional rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
David Tristman .... animator (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Casting Department
Jaime Harlan .... casting assistant (1 episode, 2006)

Nicole Abellera .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Amanda McCann .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elinor Bardach .... costume supervisor (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Editorial Department
Justin Crowe .... post-production assistant (11 episodes, 2006)
Series Transportation Department
Morris Aroesti .... driver (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Lance Cherniet .... transportation coordinator (12 episodes, 2006)

Eric Moon .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
David Ginsburg .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Rob Rosell .... script coordinator (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mike Royce .... show runner (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Meg A. Schave .... assistant production coordinator (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Chad Silver .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Toni Tardino .... audience coordinator (10 episodes, 2006)
Jeremy Guzowski .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2006)

Brooke Krinsky .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jody Margolin Hahn .... technical coordinator (unknown episodes)
Alejandro Romero .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14+ (TV rating) | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Ellen was originally supposed to be a recurring character but C.K. enjoyed Kim Hawthorne's work so much that he made her a cast member. Because she was hired as a recurring character, she did not have a contract with HBO. During pre-production on the second season, Hawthorne wanted to leave the series to work on a pilot. C.K. convinced HBO to pay Hawthorne for the entire second season to keep her. The second season was never produced.See more »
Continuity: Louis' apartment has a window in the kitchen looking out to a building in the distance, but in the hallway there is a door to another apartment (straight across from Walter and Ellen's apartment), which would be right behind where Louis' window is.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Lucky Louie: A Week in the Life (2007) (V)See more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
It's Not Too Late! Bring This Show Back To The Airwaves!, 3 January 2009
Author: D_Burke from United States

Television is a strange industry. It just astounds me sometimes how a show with a devoted following (although not too high ratings) gets canceled without a TV network giving it the chance to let the word of mouth spread. After all, "Seinfeld" didn't get strong ratings when it debuted, but it eventually went on to be the #1 show on television. And it seems strange that while mediocre shows like "According to Jim" and "Will & Grace" are on for at least five seasons, great shows like "Arrested Development", "Freaks & Geeks", and "Sports Night" get the shaft early on.

That said, DVD releases seem to be God's gift to TV. If it wasn't for TV shows being released to DVD, the aforementioned shows would be cast into oblivion without more people knowing how great they are. "Lucky Louie" can certainly be added to this list of great shows that were canceled too soon, and would have been unheard of had it not been for its DVD release.

I bought the entire season on a whim at an out-of-business sale a local movie and music store was having. I vaguely remember it being on HBO a few years ago, and I know Louis C.K. is a big name in the comedy writing world. So I gave it a shot not knowing exactly what to expect. I later popped the first disk into my DVD played, watched the first episode, and the next thing you know, I couldn't stop watching it. It was that good.

The show's premise is not entirely original, but it is a refreshing change from sitcoms where characters live in places they clearly can't afford with no visible means of income to support themselves. It's also good to see that in this 30-minute sitcom, the problems are surprisingly real, and they're not entirely solved by the end of the episode, nor are they forgotten about by the next episode. This element of familiarity adds real depth to the characters, and makes for very intriguing storytelling, something that has been lacking from a number of sitcoms over the last twenty years.

Louis C.K. is like Conan O'Brien in the sense that he originally made a name for himself behind the camera, such as on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Chris Rock Show". His acting wasn't great on the pilot episode, and you could see signs of some nervousness initially. However, as the episodes progressed, he really got into his character and made the whole show work.

Also noteworthy is Pamela Adlon, who plays his wife Kim. She works very well off of C.K., she looks like someone who would be married to an average guy, and she acted like a lot of people I know in similar situations. She was just a very genuine character.

Of course, the freedom to swear and show nudity on HBO is the most obvious thing that differentiates this sitcom from even the edgiest network sitcoms. Any experienced comedy professional, including the most explicit comedians, can tell you that profanity in comedy is not funny in and of itself. It has shock value, but can kill the laughs when used in excess. If anyone understands that, it's Louis C.K. and the other actors on this show. There is swearing, but it's funny. If the swearing was taken out when aired on a network TV station, this sitcom would find itself on a standstill. It also would have a hard time incorporating the brilliant supporting actors who are underrated stand-up comics Rick Shapiro and Jim Norton, who are known for their dirty mouths but are still funny. "Lucky Louie" was lucky to find its place on HBO.

I was just surprised that HBO canceled it as quickly as it did. Naturally, HBO made its name with original dramatic series including "The Sopranos" and "Oz", but they really should reconsider giving an edgy half-hour sitcom like this one another chance. One could argue that people don't normally turn to HBO for that type of show, but hour long dramatic series used to be exclusively for network TV. HBO may not bring this sitcom back from the grave, but they should have realized what kind of gem they had in their possession. In the long run, though, Louis C.K. has gotten more exposure, and he has since had his own hour-long stand-up special on none other than HBO. At least something good came out of the show being canceled in addition to a proper DVD release.

"Lucky Louie" was a brilliant show that was shorter lived than it should have been. I recommend anyone who has not seen it yet to go to your video store, or go on Netflix, and rent the first disk with the first six episodes. You may find yourself immediately wanting to see the next disk.

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