Two weeks after the release of episode ten of Horace and Pete, Louis C.K. has announced that the episode was indeed the series’ last. The series was released one episode at a time, on a weekly basis. There was no indication of how many episodes there would be in the season, so fans were left wondering week-to-week whether the current episode would be the last. Even after the dramatically final ending of episode ten, some fans were convinced that the show might still continue.
C.K. put that speculation to rest yesterday, when he sent out a mass email to fans saying “I didn’t want to say, in the last email, that it was the last episode. Because I didn’t want you to know, as you watched the episode, that it would be the last one. But yeah, obviously, That was it.”
The comedian announced that, with the season completed, he has made the entire 10-episode season available on his website for $31, which is the same amount of money paid by fans who paid for the show on an episode-to-episode basis.
The main thrust of the letter, however, was C.K.’s lamenting the end of the show and praising all of the folks who helped to make his passion project happen. “The second reason [I’m writing this] is that I wanted to say it is a singular experience to have done this show and a very very sad thing to be done doing it. I loved telling that/those story(ies),” said C.K. as he began to run through the list of names to thank. “I loved working in that (fake) bar with that crew for those ten weeks. It was a wicked high privilege to act with those actors. I mean holy shit. Those actors.”
C.K. went on to thank stars like Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Dizzia, and Aidy Bryant, who delivered some truly brilliant performances as the patrons and family of Horace and Pete, played by C.K. and Buscemi, respectively. He also thanked fellow comics Kurt Metzger, Steven Wright, George Wallace, Colin Quinn, and Nick DiPaolo (among others) for delivering excellent performances as well.
C.K.’s passion for the show and its cast and crew was palpable in the letter, as he continued to thanks a long list of people who made the show’s production possible, from the writers and camera operators all the way down to the gaffers and carpenters who made the set so convincing. He was equally as thankful to the fans who supported the show, despite the distinct lack of information about it leading up to and during its release:
“I chose to do the show this way, knowing that it would be a quiet and strange experiment and that only a few of us would take part in this stage of it, that has just ended. The creating, unfolding and watching of the show, one episode at a time, from nothing. I am grateful to all of you that took this trip with me the way that you did, not knowing what you were getting, how much you were getting or how it would all feel. I was right there with you. I didn’t know how any of this would go or feel.”
The letter was a genuine and passionate thank you to everyone who made the show happen, and that passion is what helped C.K. and company create such a masterfully poignant and equally hilarious show completely from scratch. While C.K. is obviously sad that show is over, the positive reception that the show has received has proven that his method of releasing the show, while unorthodox, was ultimately doable.
Now the comic will go on a promotional tour for the show, likely shopping it around to networks to be released on a wider scale. As he does so, comedy fans everywhere will wait with bated breath so see what else he has up his sleeve.
Horace and Pete can be purchased on C.K.’s website, either as a complete season or on and episode-to-episode basis.