Television has a long legacy of representing and recreating various facets of New York life to varying degrees of success, though there have certainly been highlights. Seinfeld had coffee shops. The late, great Bored to Death had Park Slope malaise and weed/white wine-fueled literary events. And of course, Girls has everything from warehouse parties to off-off-Broadway theatre. But Louie? With all due respect to the above, Louie has it all.
Self-loathing, late night Ben’s Pizza/Gray’s Papaya runs? Check. Finding an old dude with a vague grasp of the English language in his underwear while enduring a particularly hellish round of apartment hunting? That’s in there. Landing a date with that cute girl who works at the bookstore only to see it finally manifest itself as an odyssey of cross-dressing, Russ and Daughters, and near-suicide? Louie’s got you covered.