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Horace and Pete - (S01E02)


Horace and Pete (stylized as Horace and Pete's Est. 1916) is an American comedy-drama web series created by Louis C.K. starring himself and Steve Buscemi as Horace and Pete, co-owners of an Irish bar, Horace and Pete's.

Episode Title: Episode 2
Airs: 2016-02-06 at
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's an experiment, and one with some rough edges. But Alda, Falco, and Buscemi are powerhouse dramatic actors, and C.K. makes a good reactive foil to them. The first episode (which runs slightly over an hour) feels like such a self-contained story that I have no idea what later installments will be about, or feel like, but I can't wait to see them, whenever they happen to appear.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    It’s not easily definable as a format, being the love child of a passion for O’Neill, stand-up comedy, and the most available format C.K. has--a webseries. That makes for a strange and sublime episode, one that is gripping in both how different it is and how familiar it feels.

    Salon Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    There is, as in live theater, the occasional hesitance over a line, and the first episode relies on melodramatic twists that don’t always feel earned. But when it really gathers steam--nearly any time Mr. Alda opens his mouth, and especially in his scenes with Ms. Falco--it’s like little else on TV. (If it can be said, technically, to be TV at all.)

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    A lot of these scenes hit the mark, others hit the floor with a thud. But, much like last summer’s The Carmichael Show, it’s an admirable exercise either way.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Sims

    If the show has flaws--it’s certainly slow-moving, and the intentional abrasiveness of its characters can sometimes feel cartoonish--they deserve to be forgiven just because of the singularity of vision on display.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    There’s a lot of speechifying, some of it is moving and fascinating, some of it sounding like penny-ante Eugene O’Neill. It’s also completely fascinating, and full of really wonderful performances.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Even at its most obvious or ungainly, it's never less than interesting, and it's certainly not shy of conviction; no C.K. fan with an Internet connection and $5 to spare will want to pass it by.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The acting is superb, especially as the tensions become more overt in the second half.... He’d probably kill with the same material [on poltics and current events] in a stand-up show, but in a script about abuse, alcoholism, denial, and family estrangement, it doesn’t quite work. The strength of Horace and Pete is in the age-old themes festering at its heart.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Too much of the show may remind you of the experience of being trapped in a bar with shrill drunks who aren’t anywhere near as fascinating as they seem to think. Still, the series lingers in the mind. With its hurts and silences, its yellow-brown lighting and oak-and-sawdust textures, and its sense of impending doom, it is unlike anything else that calls itself American television.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    With Horace and Pete, [Louis C.K.'s] ambitions can sometimes outrace his execution, but the commitment of his cast to a consciously old-fashioned kind of drama reminiscent of Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill makes the pilot exciting even when it’s a bit stilted.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Liz Shannon Miller

    Horace and Pete is quiet and intimate when it's at its best, but in so many ways it feels like indulgence. And that's fine. If you're operating at Louis C.K.'s level, I guess you get a few of those.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    The show falls short of being worth the fee. Its plot, surprisingly, ended up becoming both fairly complicated and quite maudlin, but the characters are too remote to either follow in byzantine detail or feel for.

    Time Full Review