Looking

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8.2201418+
Season 1 of this comedy series follows the experiences of three 30-something gay friends living in San Francisco.
Starring
Jonathan GroffFrankie J. AlvarezMurray Bartlett
Genres
ComedyDramaRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Looking for Now
    January 18, 2014
    29min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Looking for Now.' Series Premiere. Patrick has an OkCupid date; Agustin agrees to move in with his boyfriend Frank.
  2. 2. Looking for Uncut
    January 25, 2014
    29min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Looking for Uncut.' (Season One) Agustin and Dom question whether Patrick can have casual sex; Dom reconnects with his ex, Ethan.
  3. 3. Looking at Your Browser History
    January 31, 2014
    27min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Looking at Your Browser History.' (Season One) Patrick inadvertently flirts with his new boss; Dom plans to open a restaurant.
  4. 4. Looking for $220/Hour
    February 8, 2014
    27min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Looking for $220/Hour.' (Season One) Patrick bonds with Kevin, while Agustin, Doris and Hugo check out the Folsom Street Fair.
  5. 5. Looking for the Future
    February 15, 2014
    27min
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    English [CC]
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    [HBO] HD. 'Looking for the Future.' (Season One) Patrick calls in sick to work to spend the day getting to know Richie.
  6. 6. Looking in the Mirror
    February 22, 2014
    26min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Looking in the Mirror.' (Season One) Patrick worries about his friends meeting Richie for the first time at Dom's 40th birthday party.
  7. 7. Looking for a Plus-One
    March 1, 2014
    27min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Looking for a Plus-One.' (Season One) Patrick reaches new levels of anxiety before his sister's wedding; Dom rebuffs Lynn's advice.
  8. 8. Looking Glass
    March 8, 2014
    29min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Looking Glass.' Season One Finale. Patrick tries to mend fences with Richie; Agustin gets un-mincing words from Frank.

Bonus

  • Looking: Season 1 Invitation to the Set
    2min
    NR

    Join the stars of 'Looking' on the set of this HBO comedy series about three 30-something gay friends living in San Francisco.

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Directors
Andrew HaighJamie BabbitRyan FleckJoe SwanbergCraig Johnson
Supporting actors
Lauren WeedmanRussell ToveyRaúl CastilloAndrew LawO-T FagbenleDaniel FranzeseScott Bakula
Producers
Andrew HaighSarah CondonMark DouglasSeth HauerKathy LandsbergMichael Lannan
Season year
2014
Network
HBO
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Anthony McGillReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
SEASON ONE WORTH REMEMBERING
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Sadly season one has concluded and like all grand "soap operas" the ending left relationships topsy turvy so now we keenly wait for season two to see what those crafty writers will come up with. I have really enjoyed and heartily recommend LOOKING, an excellent new series with realistic, well-defined characters and situations that we can all identify with. It mainly revolves around three quite different friends and their complex relationships and work day activities. You're going to adore the just turned 40 Dom who is battling to set up his dream restaurant and though at first I wasn't too keen on nerdy Patrick, I now love this character. And who can resist Patrick's boss Trev with his anglo twang, cute stick out ears and delectable fleshy rump as displayed in episode eight. Think it's well worth purchasing this series when it is released. I have it on pre-order and can't wait to relive all the episodes in their entirety and savor the moments you often miss in a fast moving brief chapter. Not unlike QUEER AS FOLK but a lot more gritty and contemporary (and a hell lot more real!) as you would expect from Andrew Haigh of WEEKEND fame who is co-executive producer and director of the early episodes. And being set and filmed in San Francisco (the location shooting is great and avoids the traditional picture postcard look of the city) is an obvious plus. Unfortunately there are only eight episodes in season one but the great news is, LOOKING has been renewed for a second season! And hopefully with more episodes. Come on HBO, eight half-hour episodes, just whetting the appetite!! From what I have seen from the first season, this series is one of the best, most entertaining and thoughtful gay-themed programs to hit our screens.
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J. MartinReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best so far
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This is by far the best gay television ever produced, and far better than all but one or two gay movies. Its greatness is owed to only two of the many talented people involved, without whom it would be merely good: Andrew Haigh, the creative genius behind it, and Jonathan Groff, its spectacularly versatile, gifted and delightful star.

The episodes written and directed by Haigh are so perfect they make me want to sing (I can't sing); the episodes written and directed by others are all right, but more tedious than fascinating.

The very, very best episodes are the ones featuring Groff (Patrick) and Raúl Castillo, who plays Patrick's boyfriend Richie. They're the sweetest, sexiest, and yet most thoroughly believable romantic scenes I've ever seen anywhere. No melodrama, lots and lots of truth and intelligence. An American never could have created such a program as Looking; very few from anywhere could have either, which is why I call Haigh a genius.

The first season follows an arc, but a quality arc, not a story arc. They get consistently better through Episode Five, then gradually fall off after that. But even at its worst, Looking is the very best there is.

Two of the lead actors (Groff and Murray Bartlett) are openly gay, which helps A LOT. Not only does it increase Looking's credibility, but it minimizes the number of stupid, insulting but evidently obligatory "How was it kissing a man?" interviews with straight actors.
5 people found this helpful
Thomas L. MarshallReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Something fresh!
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Looking is post oppression era gay theater. There is no downer drama around AIDS or personalities damaged beyond repair by homophobia. The characters are believable and well fleshed out considering the episodes are only about thirty minutes long (standard length for a TV sitcom). Cinematography, sound, and acting are all excellent, and having lived in The City for a number of years, it's fun to see my old stomping grounds displayed within the context of an overall bright feature. I hope Raúl Castillo continues in season II, and not just because he's a major hottie. There's a possibility for some real depth in exploring the coming together of his character and Groff's, two men separated by race, economic class, and family, and opportunity, or are they? I also appreciate the inclusion of the character, Dom, the so-called older member of the trio, and his discovery of feelings for Lynn, an even older gentleman played by Scott Bakulla. At least for guys like me, who lived through Reagan and served in the pre-Don't Ask, Don't Tell military, Looking is something upbeat and fresh. I recommend it!
4 people found this helpful
Carole M. MillerReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Soccer moms love Looking too!
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This is absolutely my favorite television series ever! It is a beautifully shot, exquisitely acted look into the lives of 3 gay men living in San Francisco. If you love movies that are character driven and really allow you to get to KNOW the characters and feel what they're feeling, this series is the best example I've seen on TV. Comprised of everyday situations that we all can relate to, the drama and comedy comes from the place that it comes from in our real lives...our interactions with friends, family and love interests, our discomfort in certain situations, the small meaningful moments that we must share with our best friends. The dialogue is humorous and often underplayed, being delivered the same way that we would really speak when conversing with our friends. Jonathan Groff is outstanding as Patrick, who is probably THE most real and complex character I've seen on TV to date...and you find yourself instantly relating to Patrick and routing him on, flaws and all. The rest of the cast is superb also, with a special shout out going to Raul Castillo, who brings such emotional integrity to the character of Richie, with eyes that deliver such impact. The only thing that comes close to Looking Season 1 is Looking Season 2, which has just finished airing on HBO. In the second season, the entire cast gets their chance to shine, and every single one of them brings it with everything that they have! I have never seen a cast of any show go this far and deep to make their characters so real, and it is a joy to watch! My hope is that we get many years of this exceptional, ground-breaking series! I know that me and all of my friends are waiting with our fingers crossed!
9 people found this helpful
Xavier T. GuillaumeReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Probably the best gay-themed show since Queer as Folk
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I wasn't sure about this show when I first started watching it. The main character grated on my nerves because he felt so immature and awkward and had horrible decision making qualities, but I still enjoyed Looking for its amazing cinematography, its realistic portrayal of gay men, and its location. I lived in San Francisco for 3 years, and this show brought back a lot of memories. I've been to pretty much all the locations, and it felt so nice to be back there. *Nostalgia!* Anyway, the main character actually grows and changes, which is pretty spectacular, and I can see why they chose his character that way to show how much he grows.

I might not recommend this show to everyone, but if you like realistic shows, and are interested in San Francisco and LGBT culture, I strongly recommend it. 5 stars. :)
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ThomasReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Looking - definitely worth the watch
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I like the brevity of the episodes and the realism that is portrayed of the LGBTQA+ community. Yet, I was lost at points when it alluded to the person's back story that I either missed or didn't catch. I appreciate the depiction of the honest difficulties of relationships and work, even though, I tire of the portrayal on television and movies of gay life through the eyes of emerging/young adults, even though I am one! I would have preferred if it was focused on Dom rather than Patrick; there seems to be a latent ageism (that only younger men can be gay or at least actively so) in this show. I can't wait to see how Dom's relationship with Lynn, an older man, develops (matures?) in the next season. All in all, I would recommend giving this show a chance, and to see it in a similar vein as the show "Queer as Folk," yet also appreciate its differences from that show as well.
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Victor Hugo PadillaReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Gay show ever made!
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I seriously believe this is the best Gay show I've ever seen. Thank you HBO for creating the series. Thanks to everyone that made this show happen. I'm hoping there will be a 3rd Season. I'm in love with the characters. It's so real and not cliche. I recommend this show to Gays, Straight men, Girls, and anyone that wants to see a very true show about love and friendship. Everyone should watch this and have a copy of the DVDs. :D Worth your money!
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RachelReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The characters are so human that at times they're lovable and funny, while others they're cringeworthy and hard to
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Such a fantastically engaging show. The characters are so human that at times they're lovable and funny, while others they're cringeworthy and hard to watch. It doesn't feel like I'm watching a TV show when I watch Looking. I don't feel like I''m watching characters. It truly feels like I'm taking a step into the lives of these people and watching as they deal with what's thrown their way.
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