|Created by||Michael Lannan|
by Michael Lannan
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||18 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fair Harbor Productions|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||January 19, 2014– present|
Looking is an American comedy-drama television series about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco. It premiered on January 19, 2014, on HBO. The series' executive producers are David Marshall Grant, Sarah Condon, and Andrew Haigh.
Patrick Murray, a 29-year-old video game designer, lives in San Francisco with his friends—aspiring restaurateur Dom and artist's assistant Agustín. Patrick has a tendency to be naive and has been generally unlucky in love but things in Patrick's life change upon meeting handsome yet humble Mission barber Richie and the arrival of his new boss, the attractive, but partnered Kevin. Dom pursues his goal of opening his own restaurant with the support of his roommate, Doris, and the unexpected help of the successful and older San Francisco entrepreneur Lynn. Agustín struggles domesticating with his long-term boyfriend Frank and his stalling art career, as well as his penchant for recreational substance abuse. The three men navigate life, relationships, family, and careers in modern-day San Francisco.
Cast and characters
- Jonathan Groff as Patrick Murray, a 29-year-old video game designer who grew up in suburban Denver.
- Frankie J. Alvarez as Agustín Lanuez, 31, an artist's assistant and Patrick's best friend since their college days at The University of California, Berkeley; he's originally from Coral Gables outside Miami, and grew up in an affluent Cuban American household.
- Murray Bartlett as Dom Basaluzzo, 39, a sommelier in a gastronomic restaurant
- Lauren Weedman as Doris, Dom's best friend since their high school days in Modesto and former partner, who works as a nurse (season 2, recurring season 1)
- Russell Tovey as Kevin Matheson, Patrick's boss, a "video-game wunderkind". He has feelings for Patrick - though he is in a long term relationship with Jon. In season two, Kevin became Patrick's new love interest.
- Raúl Castillo as Ricardo "Richie" Donado Ventura, a barber and Patrick's part-time romantic interest. (season 2, recurring season 1)
- Scott Bakula as Lynn, an entrepreneur who strikes a connection with Dom
- O. T. Fagbenle as Frank, Agustín's long term boyfriend
- Andrew Law as Owen, Patrick's co-worker
- Ptolemy Slocum as Hugo, Dom's co-worker (season 1)
- Joseph Williamson as Jon, Kevin's boyfriend
- Daniel Franzese as Eddie, Agustin's love interest who volunteers at a homeless shelter for LGBT youth (season 2)
- Chris Perfetti as Brady Richie's boyfriend. (season 2)
- Bashir Salahuddin as Malik, Doris's love interest (season 2)
HBO ordered an eight-episode first season of Looking on May 14, 2013. 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. The first season premiered on January 19, 2014.
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 Nick Hall, director of comedy for HBO, 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".
HBO cancelled the series after the second season citing the sharp decline in ratings, but will air a special episode in the form of a movie to wrap up the storyline of the show. Alvarez later revealed on an interview with Vulture that filming is planned to start in September 2015, and that the length of the finale would be 2 hours. After the series's cancellation was announced, an online petition was started targeted at HBO to continue the series.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||January 19, 2014||March 9, 2014|
|2||10||January 11, 2015||March 22, 2015|
Looking has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics gave the first season 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." On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season holds an average of 73% based on 27 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews. The second season received an aggregate score of 77% on Metacritic and 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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" 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."
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. However, ratings improved as the season progressed. Ratings reached a series high in the sixth episode, attracting 519,000 viewers, up by 50% compared to the premiere episode. As of February 23, 2014, Looking has averaged 2 million weekly viewers.
|2014||4th 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||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Frankie J. Alvarez||Nominated|
|Gold Derby TV Awards||Best Comedy Actor||Jonathan Groff||Nominated|
|EWwy Awards||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Jonathan Groff||Nominated|
|OUT100||TV Show of the Year||Jonathan Groff
|Attitude Awards||TV Show of the Year||Looking||Won|
|NewNowNext Awards||Best New Television Series||Looking||Won|
|Best New Television Actor||Jonathan Groff||Won|
|2015||Dorian Awards||LGBTQ TV Show of the Year||Looking||Nominated|
|Unsung TV Show of the Year||Looking||Nominated|
|TV Director of the Year||Andrew Haigh||Nominated|
|Artios Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Casting for a Television Pilot Comedy||Carmen Cuba
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||Looking||Nominated|
|Screen Nation Film and Television Awards||Male Performance in TV||O. T. Fagbenle||Nominated|
|NAMIC Vision Awards||Best Performance - Comedy||Raúl Castillo||Won|
|Frankie J. Alvarez||Nominated|
|Imagen Awards||Best Primetime Television Program - Drama||Looking||Pending|
|Best Supporting Actor||Raúl Castillo||Pending|
Looking premiered on HBO Canada at the same time as the United States, with Australia's Showcase premiering the series on January 20, 2014. In New Zealand, SoHo premiered the series on January 23, 2014. Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom and Ireland premiered it on January 27, 2014, opening to 0.067 million viewers, with the highest rated episode attracting 0.129 million for episode three. The second season premiered on February 5, 2015. The series premiered on May 6, 2014 on M-Net in South Africa.
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