Debuting Tuesday after the season premiere of "Rescue Me," FX's "Louie" (11 p.m.) is an odd little show.
This comedy stars comedian Louis C.K., who some viewers may have a love-hate relationship with. I liked him this past season as a love interest for Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) on NBC's "Parks & Recreation" but I was not a fan of his one-season-and-out 2006 HBO series "Lucky Louie."
This new "Louie" falls somewhere in between. In this show, Louis C.K. plays a version of himself, a divorced 42-year-old stand-up comedian with two daughters. Each episode offers two vignettes. In Tuesday's pilot, Louie goes on a field trip with his daughters and then has an uncomfortable date.
Like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Louie" traffics in comedy of the uncomfortable as the sad sack Louie gets into one pathetic scrape after another. The show is more of a tragi-comedy than an out-and-out comedy.
In one upcoming episode, Louie looks up a childhood friend he had a crush on on Facebook. In another, guest star Ricky Gervais appears as a doctor friend of Louie's who razzes him during a medical exam.
Credit the show with busting through political correctness in some episodes for surprisingly frank discussions on hot-button issues, including political extremism (liberal Louie and a conservative comic argue about the election of President Obama) and the impact of an epithet for gays (that comes in the same episode as a Louie stand-up routine on bestiality, which is an unfortunate pairing of topics).
Often profane and occasionally offensive, "Louie" won't be to every viewer's taste, but it's a more interesting show than many with a definitive point of view.