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Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlend’s top 10 comedies of 2012.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced today, and among the TV casts nominated were Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Glee, and The Big Bang Theory.
A professionally funny host isn't required for a funny Saturday Night Live episode, but it certain doesn't hurt. Comedian Louis C.K. proved that last night when he hosted SNL and delivered a number of funny moments, including a great opening monologue that was really more of a stand-up routine than anything else. Check out the highlights ahead, including the director's cut of the Lincoln sketch.
There’s good news and bad news for fans of FX’s Louie. The good news is that fans of Louis C.K.’s TV program will be getting a fourth season on the network. However, unfortunately, that fourth season won’t be coming anytime soon. Louie has closed shop until 2014.
Louie closes out a roller coaster of a third season with its best episode since Parker Posey’s tour de force performance early in the season. The episode’s opening act is one of the best C.K. has ever put together as he takes us through the nightmares of being a parent at Christmas time.
Louie closes out its not very epic three part episode, “Late Show”, and the slow build up pays off for the most part. I didn’t know C.K. and Letterman had a history. After writing on the show, C.K. was unofficially banned from the show for 15 years.
Louie spends another week moving the pieces for what is sure to be a pretty great episode to close out the show’s longest arc. The show was more successful comedicly and narratively than Part 1, a couple weeks back, as we dive right into the training process for being a late night host. Leading Louie on this journey is a Mr. Doll (pronounced Doll) and he is played wonderfully annoyed by director David Lynch.
Louie gives us Part 1 of a three part story arc this week and I don’t really know what to say about it. It is exactly that, Part 1 of a bigger story, and until we see how it all plays out I don’t know what there is to really say. The episode consisted of four scenes basically, Louie telling stand up, Louie getting bumped up to the top guest on the tonight show, Louie waking up to news of a meeting and Louie having said meeting with a Les Moonves type at CBS.
What does Tom Cruise have to do with Louis CK? Based on the preview for next Thursday's episode of Louie, his presence on a certain talk show may prohibit Louie from doing a bit of national television stand-up comedy. Spoilers ahead!
Louie gets its mojo back with another half baked idea that works because of its female lead and a brilliant long gag with a perfect pay off.
Louie returns with yet another sub-par episode this week and has me questioning the series for the first time in it’s run. The episode revolves around Louie being confronted by his uncle, a very good F. Murray Abraham, for not visiting Louie’s father in over two years. This leads Louie to physically respond (vomiting, hives) to the possibility of an impending meeting with his father, but he decides to head up to Boston anyway to try and see his Dad.
Louie might have given us my least favorite episode of the season this year as all the shorts, 3 of them, seemed rather half baked.
Louis CK has been doing stand up for a while, and the clip we have to show you from this week's episode of Louie is evidence of that. What does the comedian think as he watches a replay of one of his old stand-up routines?
Louie is back to its shorts format that we are most accustomed too this week and C.K. delivers a couple of quality gems. Our first story revolves around Louie and a stranger (Robin Williams) meeting at an ex-club owner’s, Barney, funeral and the two end up on a pretty random adventure. The awkwardness that arises between the two early on is brilliant not because they don’t know each other, but neither party knows how one another feels about Barney.
C.K. has really out done himself this week, making this probably my favorite episode of the show to date. As the second part of a two-parter, we were introduced to Posey as she helped Louie look for a book for his daughter and he got up the guts to ask her out on a date. This episode is that date, and it is incredible