Life with Louie

Life with Louie Information

Life with Louie is an American animated series. The show is based on the childhood of stand-up comedian Louie Anderson, growing up with his family in Wisconsin.

The first two episodes aired in primetime on Fox.

The series has since aired on the European version of Jetix and was popular enough to merit a few DVD releases in the region.


  • Louis "Louie" Anderson - Main character; based on series producer and creator Louie Anderson's younger self. Louie is an eight-year-old child, living in fictional Cedar Knoll town, Wisconsin. He's a very sensitive and impressionable, but also intelligent young boy. He often uses his gifted sense of humor to deal with difficult situations. Always stands up for his own rights and principles, but also for those of others.
  • Jeannie Harper - Louie's best friend. She often defends Louie from local bullies. Louie has a crush on her.
  • Michael "Mike" Grunewald - Louie's friend with a sarcastic sense of humor.
  • Toddler - Louie's friend.
  • Andrew "Andy" Mortimer Anderson - Louie's difficult, but caring father. He is a veteran of World War II and likes to tell his family stories about his experience at the front in Europe. Much of the humor regarding Andy, involved his comic superiority complex and equally comical unawareness of his own limitations. Though he often appeared out of touch with reality, Andy was secretly a very gifted chess player, a skill Louie briefly displayed possessing, but he hid his gift during the latter half of his life because of the way he was supposedly mistreated for it in his youth (he even went so far as to disguise himself at chess tournaments so he wouldn't be recognized). His catchphrases: "For crying out loud!" and "I heard that." Despite his appearance, he is a very caring and loving person.
  • Ora Anderson - Louie's kind, loving and sweet natured mother.
  • Thomas "Tommy" Anderson - Louie's youngest brother. Louie teases him a lot in the beginning.
  • Glen Glenn - local bully.
  • Craig Erik, Paul George - Glen Glenn's friends.
  • The Melvins - A group of chess nerds.
  • Henrietta Shermann - Louie's grandmother, mother of Ora. She dies in one of the episodes.
  • Pepper - Louie's obese pet goldfish.
  • Sid Anderson, John Anderson, Danny Anderson, Peter Anderson - Louie's older brothers.
  • Mr. Jensen, Earl Grunewald, Gus Williams, Mrs. Stillman - Louie's neighbors
  • Laura Anderson, Carol Anderson, Charlie Anderson, Julie Anderson - Louie's older sisters.

Episode list


No. # Title Original air date EpisodeNumber=01 EpisodeNumber2=01 ShortSummary=It's Christmas time. Ora asks Andy to decorate Mrs. Stillman's house by the Christmas lights. Andy seeks Louie's help and both decorate the house with the help of Louie's friends who arrived at the house for singing. LineColor=ed2024 }}

Season 1: 1995-1996

No. # Title Original air date EpisodeNumber=02 EpisodeNumber2=02 ShortSummary=Andy gets fired from his job for giving his friend the day off for the birth of his child. Louie gets upset because he wanted to spend his vacation relaxing and sitting around, but Andy forces him to work. Ora gets a job selling cosmetics to her neighbours. While Louie accompanies Ora, he learns the true reason behind Andy's job loss. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=03 EpisodeNumber2=03 ShortSummary=The Jensen family moves into the house next to the Andersons. While Andy fights with Mr. Jensen about their property lines, a rain storm appears and floods the town. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=04 EpisodeNumber2=04 ShortSummary=The Anderson family goes to Lake Winnibigoshish for their vacation where Louie meets Kelly Busset, who has a crush on him. But Louie doesn't like her. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=05 EpisodeNumber2=05 ShortSummary=Jeannie moves because her father is given a new job. Afterwords, Louie's grandma comes to visit and, because of her, Louie sends a letter to Jeannie telling her he loves her. Meanwhile, the family gets a pet fish, because they can't afford a dog and cats lick the butter. In the end, Jeannie returns because her father's new job failed. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=06 EpisodeNumber2=06 ShortSummary=Louie joins the baseball team but during their first game, the coach gets hurt and Andy becomes the new coach. With the team unable to win, Ora gives the team a few pointers and they win their final game. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=07 EpisodeNumber2=07 ShortSummary=While Andy and Ora leave to visit Grandma, Louie and Tommy are left alone at the house as a blizzard hits and causes a blackout in Cedar Knoll. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=08 EpisodeNumber2=08 ShortSummary=Louie suddenly develops a food allergy. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=09 EpisodeNumber2=09 ShortSummary=All of the Anderson family comes to Louie's house for Thanksgiving dinner, including Ora's brother, who Andy hates. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=10 EpisodeNumber2=10 ShortSummary=While on a deer hunt with Andy and his friends, Louie meets a lonely deer and decides to keep it until the hunt finishes. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=11 EpisodeNumber2=11 ShortSummary=The winter carnival begins in Cedar Knoll and The Anderson family loses every competition they enter. Meanwhile, Louie develops a crush on Jeannie's sister and tries to learn how to skate to get close to her. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=12 EpisodeNumber2=12 ShortSummary=The Anderson family goes to a fair where Ora tries to win the best cooking contest, and Andy wins a pig. Meanwhile, Tommy gets upset because Louie always takes him to the childish fair rides. LineColor=6495ed }}

EpisodeNumber=13 EpisodeNumber2=13 ShortSummary=When Andy's Rambler gets damaged, Ora decides to buy him a new car for his birthday. After Andy complains and returns the car, Louie fixes the Rambler with the help of a repair man named Smitty. LineColor=6495ed }}

Season 2: 1996-1997

No. # Title Original air date EpisodeNumber=14 EpisodeNumber2=01 ShortSummary=Louie needs some money and is hired as a caddy on a golf game. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=15 EpisodeNumber2=02 ShortSummary=Louie tries to escape from Glen Glenn, so he joins the trip to Chakami camp. The bad news: Glen Glenn also joins. While on a trip, Louie and Glen Glenn get lost inside a forest. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=16 EpisodeNumber2=03 ShortSummary=Earl Grunewald is promoted to be a main worker of the tractor factory. While the Grunewald family goes for a ski trip, Louie pretends to be a ski master, so the Anderson family also joins. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=17 EpisodeNumber2=04 ShortSummary=A tornado attacks the Cedar Knoll which makes Louie afraid of the tornado, so he stays in his room and doesn't want to leave until the cow, which was trapped on a tree because of the tornado, confronts him. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=18 EpisodeNumber2=05 ShortSummary=Louie's class must give a speech and if someone wins, the class will go to Washington. Louie buys a speech from Glen Glenn and he wins. Andy accompanies the trip because he was in a war with the president. After Andy tells Louie he must always tell the truth, Louie tells the truth about the speech. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=19 EpisodeNumber2=06 ShortSummary=Ora gets a call from the doctor, telling her she's going to have a baby. Louie thinks if the baby is born, someone will leave the family and he thinks it might be him. It is revealed in the end that the doctor made a mistake and she's not pregnant. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=20 EpisodeNumber2=07 ShortSummary=Andy wants to have a bigger van than the Jensens' , so he buys bees to make more money and becomes obsessed. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=21 EpisodeNumber2=08 ShortSummary=Louie learns he's so talented in playing chess that he writes to a chess competition. When Andy confronts him about people laughing at the chess players, Louie decides to disguise himself as the Masked Chess Boy. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=22 EpisodeNumber2=09 ShortSummary= While out shopping, Louie gets rescued from an accident by a homeless man named Pete and he decides to keep him in the garage of his house. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=23 EpisodeNumber2=10 ShortSummary=Glen Glenn's mother, Jen Glenn, scares the entire town of Cedar Knoll with her loud voice. When she suddenly loses her voice and goes to the hospital, Cedar Knoll is happy and Glen Glenn becomes pals with Louie. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=24 EpisodeNumber2=11 ShortSummary=Louie meets a joker who is Ora's ex-boyfriend, Marty Kazoo. Ora, however, isn't too happy about the new friendship. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=25 EpisodeNumber2=12 ShortSummary=Louie gets jealous because Jeannie has a crush at the new kid at school. Meanwhile, Andy and Ora are arguing about the date of their wedding anniversary. LineColor=252cb3 }}

EpisodeNumber=26 EpisodeNumber2=13 ShortSummary=For Louie's birthday, his grandma gives Louie a sweater which she made for him. While trying to write the thank you letter, Louie decides to instead play with his friends. When he finally writes the letter, he finds out his grandma has died. LineColor=252cb3 }}

Season 3: 1997-1998

No. # Title Original air date EpisodeNumber=27 EpisodeNumber2=01 ShortSummary=A new movie theater opens and Louie goes all the time, so Andy and Ora become worried. They decide to give him a movie camera, which causes Louie to decide to shoot a movie. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=28 EpisodeNumber2=02 ShortSummary=Louie and Mike Grunewald try to win a school election by making lies about the other people. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=29 EpisodeNumber2=03 ShortSummary=Louie doesn't want to listen anymore to Andy's war stories. While at the Military Reunion, Andy admits to Louie he was called Corporal Keister and he was a cook, though his friends from the military insist that he did save them. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=30 EpisodeNumber2=04 ShortSummary=Andy takes Louie to the Packers game. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=31 EpisodeNumber2=05 ShortSummary=When Louie's teacher gets ill, Louie gets a crush on the replacement teacher. Louie begins reading Shakespeare, much to Andy's chagrin. Andy tries to order the principal to fire Mrs. Robertson, the replacement teacher. Mrs. Robertson explains she's from the military family and Andy gets her a job at the military academy. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=32 EpisodeNumber2=06 ShortSummary=While shopping, Louie ends up stealing candy, so he tries to get rid of it during Halloween. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=33 EpisodeNumber2=07 ShortSummary=The Anderson family goes to Snifferland for their vacation. After arrival, they learn Snifferland moved to Orlando, Florida. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=34 EpisodeNumber2=08 ShortSummary=Louie and Mike create a spaceship which causes Andy to be declared ambassador of the Earth. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=35 EpisodeNumber2=09 ShortSummary= Louie must play the prince for the school performance about Sleeping Beauty. Meanwhile, Andy replaces his boss. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=36 EpisodeNumber2=10 ShortSummary=Louie learns one of his friends is an orphan and invites him to his house for Christmas. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=37 EpisodeNumber2=11 ShortSummary=Louie wants to have a dog much to Andy's chagrin. Louie takes a dog that has been trained to be a guide for the blind. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=38 EpisodeNumber2=12 ShortSummary=Louie feels he's good at basketball and Andy tries to support him. Ora decides to eat healthy food. LineColor=0F5546 }}

EpisodeNumber=39 EpisodeNumber2=13 ShortSummary=Andy's mother comes to visit for Mother's Day. Meanwhile, Ora gets sick and Louie does all of her jobs, so he doesn't have time to buy her gift for Mother's Day. LineColor=0F5546 }}

Intro and theme song

The show's intro involved the main character running toward a TV set, turning one of the set's dials, and showing a live-action video of Louie Anderson as an adult saying, "Let me tell you about my family." Then after that showing clips of the show from Andy Anderson being pulled by sled dogs, Louie sticking chopsticks in his nose, to Louie jumping off a diving board at a swimming pool nearly wasting all the water and getting most of the other participants wet due to the fact of him being overweight, then the show's logo (in Pink) appears on the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, while the main character (wearing sunglasses) eats a dot while sitting on a raft while watching TV on a tire. The intro was used from season 2 to the last season. Season 1 episodes used a live-action intro by Louie Anderson talking to the audience about his childhood, then dissolving into the show.

Home videos and merchandise

Based on the popularity of the show, various merchandise was released including apparel, videos of various episodes, a "Lake Winnibigoshish" CD-ROM comic book, and a book series for children. The book series was based on the various episodes of the show and contained six books in total. Kids' meal toys were also produced for several fast-food restaurant chains including Taco Bell (1996), Hardee's (1997), Jack in the Box (1997), and Dairy Queen (1999).

In early January 2006, posted a news story that Life with Louie was going to be released on DVD in the US. The information came from Louie Anderson himself who mentioned this news on a radio program he was a guest on, KQRS-FM. There has been no other news since then and it is now unknown if this series will ever be released on DVD in the United States. However, three 2-episode sets were released in the United Kingdom in summer 2007 as Life with Louie: Volume 1, 2, and 3. The sets were released through Boulevard Entertainment as part of the Jetix programming brand.


As of 2011, based on 1528 votes, Life with Louie holds an 8.3 rating on the Internet Movie Database. It also holds an 8.1 rating based on 150 votes on


The series won two Emmy Awards. It also won the Humanitas Prize three times, which is more than for any other animated series.

  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing - Special Class - Rick Hinson, Rick Hammel, Les Wolf Thomas Syslo and Timothy Borquez - 1996 (nominated)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Louie Anderson - 1997
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Louie Anderson - 1998
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing - Special Class - Timothy Borquez, Timothy J. Garrity and Brad Brock - 1998 (nominated)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Outstanding Sound Editing - Special Class - Timothy Borquez, Rick Hinson and Eric Freeman - 1998 (nominated)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Louie Anderson - 1999 (nominated)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program - 1999 (nominated)
  • Genesis Award - 1997
  • Humanitas Prize for Children's Animation - 1996
  • Humanitas Prize for Children's Animation - 1997
  • Humanitas Prize for Children's Animation - 1998

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