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Looking
Intertitle of the HBO series Looking.png
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Michael Lannan
Based on Lorimer 
by Michael Lannan
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Kat Landsberg
Editor(s)
  • Jonathan Alberts
  • Andrew Dickler
Cinematography Reed Morano
Camera setup Single
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Fair Harbor Productions
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Picture format HDTV (1080i)
Audio format Surround
Original run January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19) – present
External links
Website

Looking is an American comedy-drama television series about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco.[1] It premiered on January 19, 2014, on HBO.[2][3][4] The series executive producers are David Marshall Grant, Sarah Condon, and Andrew Haigh.[5]

The series has been renewed by HBO for a second season with production to resume later in 2014.[6]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jonathan Groff as Patrick Murray, a video game designer[7]
  • Frankie J. Álvarez as Agustín,[8] an artist's assistant and Patrick's best friend since their college days at The University of California, Berkeley[7]
  • Murray Bartlett as Dom, a sommelier in a gastronomic restaurant[1]
  • Raúl Castillo[2] as Richie Donado, a barber and Patrick's romantic interest (recurring in season 1)
  • Lauren Weedman[2] as Doris, Dom's best friend and roommate, who works as a nurse (recurring in season 1)
  • Russell Tovey as Kevin Matheson, Patrick's gay boss, a "video-game wunderkind"[9] (recurring in season 1)

Recurring[edit]

  • O. T. Fagbenle[2] as Frank, Agustín's long term boyfriend
  • Scott Bakula as Lynn, an entrepreneur who strikes a connection with Dom[1]
  • Andrew Law[2] as Owen, Patrick's co-worker
  • Ptolemy Slocum as Hugo, Dom's co-worker and Doris's lover

Production[edit]

HBO ordered an eight-episode first season of Looking on May 14, 2013.[10] The pilot was written by Michael Lannan, based on Lannan's 2011 short film entitled Lorimer, and directed by Andrew Haigh. Filming began in the San Francisco Bay Area on September 16, 2013, and ended on November 7, 2013.[11] According to Lannan in a 2014 interview, out of nine writers, seven writers are gay men, and one is a woman.[12]

Creator Michael Lannan announced in an interview in February 2014 that the writers were already thinking of new material for a second season, should it come. His comment was quickly backed up by Director of Comedy for HBO, Nick Hall, who stated that the "initial one airing audience" isn't their main goal and that they [HBO] "look at it for the week, we look at it On Demand, we look at HBO Go." and that each of the episodes were doing "nicely".[13]

On February 26, 2014, HBO announced that Looking was renewed for a second season, slated to premiere in 2015.[14]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 8 January 19, 2014 March 9, 2014 TBA TBA TBA
2 10 Early 2015 2015 TBA TBA TBA

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Looking for Now" Andrew Haigh Michael Lannan January 19, 2014 0.33[15]
Best friends Patrick, Agustín and Dom discuss the impending wedding of Patrick's ex when Patrick is invited to his bachelor party. Agustín, who is also Patrick's roommate, agrees to move in with his boyfriend, Frank, in Oakland. Dom, tired of serving younger, more successful men at the restaurant where he works, tells his roommate Doris that he’s thinking of reconnecting with old flame Ethan, now a successful realtor. Patrick meets up with a date from OkCupid but it ends badly. He rides Muni and is chatted up by Richie, a barber who also works the door at Esta Noche, a Latin drag club in the Mission. At the bachelor party, Dom advises Patrick to stop picking dates based on what his mother would think, and Patrick considers accepting Richie's invitation to his club.
2 2 "Looking for Uncut" Andrew Haigh Andrew Haigh January 26, 2014 0.28[16]
Agustín moves in with Frank, with the help of Patrick and Dom. A reunion between Dom and his old flame Ethan does not go as planned. Patrick goes on a date with Richie but Patrick, having wrongly assumed that Richie is uncut, comes off as too promiscuous and makes a bad impression.
3 3 "Looking at Your Browser History" Andrew Haigh Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh February 1, 2014 0.11[17]
Attending a video game launch party, Patrick and his coworker Owen meet Kevin, who not only turns out to be Patrick's new boss, but is also gay. Feeling empowered after his encounter with Ethan, Dom shares with Doris his dream to start his own Portuguese chicken restaurant. Later, relaxing at a local bathhouse, Dom meets Lynn, an older man who is a successful entrepreneur. Stina fires Agustín after he tells her his opinion on her chair sculpture, but things start to look up for Agustin when he meets CJ—a sex worker.
4 4 "Looking for $220/Hour" Ryan Fleck Allan Heinberg February 9, 2014 0.44[18]
Taking advantage of a "work free" day on a Sunday, Patrick and Kevin bond. Kevin talks about the difficulty of having a relationship in their line of work, which requires long hours, but is interrupted when he receives a call from his boyfriend. Later Agustín and Doris convince Patrick to join them at the Folsom Street Fair, where leather clothing is a definite must. Dom skips the Fair and goes to Lynn's flower shop to seek his advice. They have lunch—but it's unclear if it's for business or pleasure. At the Fair Agustín encounters CJ, and takes into consideration "hiring" him for an art project.
5 5 "Looking for the Future" Andrew Haigh Andrew Haigh February 16, 2014 0.50[19]
Increasingly infatuated with Richie, Patrick calls in sick at work so that he and Richie can spend the day together. The two take in the sights of San Francisco, including Golden Gate Park, discover more about each other's past and talk frankly about their sexual boundaries.
6 6 "Looking in the Mirror" Joe Swanberg Tanya Saracho and JC Lee February 23, 2014 0.51[20]
Patrick's nerves get the best of him when Richie meets his friends for the first time at Dom's 40th birthday party. Dom insists to Doris that he and Lynn are just friends, but maintaining this position proves more difficult after Lynn arranges a meeting to introduce Dom to prospective investors in his restaurant. Agustín invites CJ to the party, where he and Frank finally meet and react to each other in a way Agustin did not expect. Things start to go south when Agustín makes a snobby comment in regards to Richie to Patrick.
7 7 "Looking for a Plus-One" Jamie Babbit John Hoffman March 2, 2014 0.43[21]
Anxious about how his family will react to Richie at his sister's wedding, Patrick allows his anxiety to affect their budding relationship. Dom is not sure whether business or pleasure is at the heart of his relationship with Lynn, and dismisses Lynn's advice on the eve of his restaurant opening. Failing to achieve his goals with Frank and CJ's photo shoot, Agustín abandons his own art exhibit.
8 8 "Looking Glass" Andrew Haigh Tanya Saracho and Michael Lannan March 9, 2014 0.42[22]
Patrick tries his best to reconnect with Richie, feeling remorse about his own behavior at the wedding. Frank doesn't hold back and tells Agustín his feelings about his art—and their relationship. Patrick and Augustin attend Dom's restaurant opening. Dom is stunned by the guest Lynn brings along. Kevin makes a startling admission.

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

A 10-episode[23] second season has been confirmed with Raúl Castillo, Lauren Weedman and Russell Tovey joining the main cast. It will air in 2015.

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Looking has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics have given it a positive review based on 37 reviews, with an average score of 7.6/10. The site's consensus states: "Funny without being obnoxious, Looking provides authentic situations that feel universal with its subtle details and top-notch performances."[24] On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the series holds an average of 73 based on 27 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[25]

Since Looking was announced it has been referred to by both the community and early critics as the "gay version" of Girls and Sex and the City. After watching the pilot critics quickly dismissed these comments saying "differences between the two series go beyond the surface"[26] and one of the show's lead actors, Jonathan Groff, went on to say that "to be in the same breath as those shows is exciting [...] but the tone and writing and the style of the show is very different. And people will notice that when they see it."[27]

Ratings[edit]

Looking was reported to have debuted to a "slow" start by Variety with a premiere audience of 338,000, although it went on to gain an audience of 606,000 when the encore's ratings were included.[28] However, ratings improved as the season progressed. Ratings reached a series high in the sixth episode, attracting 519,000 viewers.[29] Up by 50% compared to the premiere episode.[30] As of February 23, 2014, Looking has averaged 2 million weekly viewers.[29]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Lauren Weedman Nominated
NALIP Awards Lupe Award for Breakthrough Performance Raúl Castillo Won
Imagen Awards Best Actor Raúl Castillo Pending
Best Supporting Actor Frankie J. Alvarez Pending
Gold Derby TV Awards Best Comedy Actor Jonathan Groff Pending

Broadcast[edit]

Looking premiered on HBO Latin America and HBO Canada with the U.S. on January 19, 2014, with Australia's Foxtel Showcase premiering the series on January 20, 2014, at 8 pm AEDT.[31] In France, it premiered on OCS City, in the original version with French subtitles, on January 20, 2014, at 8.25 pm CET.[32] New Zealand's Sky Television SoHo premiered the series on January 23, 2014, at 9 pm NZDT.[33] The United Kingdom's Sky Atlantic premiered the series on January 27, 2014,[34] opening to 67k Viewers, with the highest rated episode attracting 129k viewers for episode three.[35] The Hungarian dubbed version began airing on February 25, 2014, on HBO Hungary[36] with the sub-titled version has been available on HBO Go Hungary since the day after the U.S. premiere.[37] Looking premiered on Tuesday 6 May at 10.30pm CAT on M-Net (channel 101 DSTV) in South Africa.

References[edit]

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