Louis C.K. ends ‘Horace and Pete’ Web series after 10 episodes and millions in debt

Louis C.K. announced in an email to fans that his crowd-funded web-series "Horace and Pete" has ended with its 10th episode.

Louis C.K. announced in an email to fans that his crowd-funded web-series “Horace and Pete” has ended with its 10th episode.

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Comedian Louis C.K. made it official Saturday: His latest series, “Horace and Pete,” is over.

“It is a singular experience to have done this show and a very very sad thing to be done doing it,” he said in a statement. “I loved telling that/those story(ies). 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.”


The Web series was an experiment in crowd-funded television, with viewers paying for episodes one at a time — the first costing $5, the second $2 and episodes 3 through 10 at $3 each. He recently told Howard Stern that producing the series has put him several million dollars in debt.

The series, more dramedy than comedy, co-starred Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco and Alan Alda.

The final episode aired April 2, and Louis C.K. said, “I didn’t want to say, in the last e-mail, 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.”

He sent his message to subscribers, informing them that they, or those who still have not seen it, can purchase the complete series for $31 at the “Horace and Pete” website.

His note praised the cast, crew and guests who appeared during the 10 episodes, adding, “All I had to do was twirl my finger in the air like an umpire watching it go over the fence.

“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,” he wrote. “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’m grateful to the TV critics that got out in front and wrote so thoughtfully about the show and the experience. I enjoyed reading it,” he said. “After we shot the last episode, the cast crew and I put real beer on the taps at Horace and Pete’s and we had a drink and we talked. I don’t think we’ll ever experience anything like that show again.


“So now the show is finished,” he continued. “It’s complete. Now I’ll go and tell the world about it, and ask them to come see what we made.”

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