List of Looking episodes
Looking is an American comedy-drama television series created by Michael Lannan, based on his own short film Lorimer. The series, which is executive produced by Lannan, Andrew Haigh, David Marshall Grant and Sarah Condon, premiered on HBO on January 19, 2014. Looking focuses on the professional and personal lives of a small group of gay men living in San Francisco, California and stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Raúl Castillo, Lauren Weedman and Russell Tovey.
During the course of the series, 18 episodes of Looking aired over two seasons. On March 25, 2015, HBO canceled the series, but announced that a special would serve as a finale, which premiered at the Frameline Film Festival on June 26, 2016, and debuted on the network on July 23, 2016.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||January 19, 2014||March 9, 2014|
|2||10||January 11, 2015||March 22, 2015|
|The Movie||June 26, 2016 (Frameline Film Festival)|
July 23, 2016 (HBO)
Season 1 (2014)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
|1||1||"Looking for Now"||Andrew Haigh||Michael Lannan||January 19, 2014||0.338|
|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||0.286|
|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 on him and wonders if Patrick just wanted to hook up with him to fulfill a Latino fetish.|
|3||3||"Looking at Your Browser History"||Andrew Haigh||Michael Lannan & Andrew Haigh||February 1, 2014||0.118|
|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||0.446|
|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||0.505|
|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||JC Lee & Tanya Saracho||February 23, 2014||0.519|
|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 a drunk Agustín makes a snobby comment about Richie to Patrick.|
|7||7||"Looking for a Plus-One"||Jamie Babbit||John Hoffman||March 2, 2014||0.433|
|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||Michael Lannan & Tanya Saracho||March 9, 2014||0.425|
|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 Agustín attend Dom's restaurant opening. Dom is stunned by the guest Lynn brings along. Kevin makes a startling admission.|
Season 2 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
|9||1||"Looking for the Promised Land"||Andrew Haigh||Andrew Haigh||January 11, 2015||0.183|
|Picking up roughly 2 months after the events of last season Patrick, Agustín, Dom, and Doris spend some time together in a luxurious cabin near the Russian River owned by Lynn. After an ecstasy fueled party in the middle of the woods; Patrick calls Kevin for a late-night rendezvous, Agustín bonds with a fellow party-goer, and Dom makes the most of his open relationship. Eventually, Patrick confesses his secret relationship with Kevin to his friends.|
|10||2||"Looking for Results"||Andrew Haigh||Michael Lannan||January 18, 2015||0.195|
|The stresses of Patrick's relationship with Kevin cause him to act erratically over a small rash. Dom and Lynn bond following the former's return from the cabin, and discuss the events that happened there. Agustín is back to his irresponsible behavior after getting drunk off margaritas and later ingesting GHB at a dance club, and is later found, highly intoxicated, by Richie. Patrick and Richie are briefly reunited when the latter returns the drunken Agustín home.|
|11||3||"Looking Top to Bottom"||Ryan Fleck||John Hoffman||January 25, 2015||0.324|
|With Kevin's partner Jon out of town for a weekend business trip to San Diego Kevin and Patrick make plans to use the time to spend together which includes attending Dom's gay rugby league match. Agustín goes to Richie's barber shop to thank him for helping him when he was drunk and to make peace and apologize for the way he treated him at Dom's 40th birthday party. Dom starts to wonder if Lynn truly supports his dream of opening his own restaurant.|
|12||4||"Looking Down the Road"||Ryan Fleck||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||February 8, 2015||0.192|
|As he tests the waters with Richie to see if they can still be friends, Patrick starts questioning his relationship with Kevin after spotting him with Jon at the farmers’ market. Agustín gets inspiration from spending a day at the shelter with Eddie; Doris helps Dom set up a Kickstarter campaign; later Dom is greeted by an unexpected guest at Lynn’s.|
|13||5||"Looking for Truth"||Andrew Haigh||Tanya Saracho||February 15, 2015||0.150|
|After ending his affair with Kevin, Patrick helps Richie by driving an ice cream truck he just bought. They spend the day reminiscing of their relationship and Patrick learns more about Richie's past, including his troubled relationship with his father who still refuses to accept his son's homosexuality. Agustín visits Eddie, who is home faking sick.|
|14||6||"Looking for Gordon Freeman"||Jamie Babbit||JC Lee||February 22, 2015||0.204|
|Patrick decides to be a "fun gay" by throwing a Halloween party where Richie and Kevin turn up with their respective partners. However, things take a turn for the worse when Patrick gets drunk.|
|15||7||"Looking for a Plot"||Andrew Haigh||Jhoni Marchinko||March 1, 2015||0.239|
|When Doris's father dies unexpectedly, Dom and Patrick accompany her to Modesto for the funeral. Upon their return, Kevin makes another startling admission.|
|16||8||"Looking for Glory"||Jamie Babbit||Michael Lannan & JC Lee||March 8, 2015||0.303|
|Patrick and Kevin decide to make their new relationship known at Most Dangerous Games. The two also debut their new app at the GaymerX convention where Brady and Richie make an appearance (Richie also shows signs of hurt and jealousy over Patrick now dating the man he cheated on him with). Agustín now in a sexual relationship with Eddie starts letting his own hidden fears over HIV take over. Dom begins to worry that Doris is starting to drift away from him.|
|17||9||"Looking for Sanctuary"||Craig Johnson||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Tanya Saracho||March 15, 2015||0.312|
|Patrick helps Kevin move into his new apartment at the same time his mother visits from Colorado with some shocking news for Patrick and his sister Megan during a visit at the San Francisco Zoo. Dom and Doris have a falling out after she reveals that her uncle is challenging her father's will, hence delaying the money for Dom's food window. Eddie tries to get Agustín to paint a mural for the youth shelter.|
|18||10||"Looking for Home"||Andrew Haigh||Andrew Haigh & John Hoffman||March 22, 2015||0.298|
|After Patrick moves into Kevin's new apartment, the two are invited to a neighbors holiday party which turns out to be an impending sex party. Malik encourages Dom to fix his fractured relationship with Doris. Agustín reveals his mural at the youth shelter. After Patrick discovers that Kevin is on Grindr, a simple discussion turns into an epic argument after the two discuss the boundaries of their relationship. Kevin proposes the idea of an open relationship, leaving Patrick uncertain of his future with him and questioning what he wants in a partner. The episode ends with Patrick sneaking out of bed and getting an impromptu haircut from Richie.|
Looking: The Movie (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
|"Looking: The Movie"||Andrew Haigh||Andrew Haigh & Michael Lannan||June 2, 2016(Frameline Film Festival) |
July 23, 2016 (HBO)
|About eleven months after the last episode, Patrick has broken up with Kevin and moved to Denver--but he now returns to San Francisco for the wedding of Agustín and Eddie. Inspired by some advice from a one-night stand, Patrick reaches out to Kevin in the hopes of closure. He learns that Kevin and Jon have gotten back together and plan on moving to London. Kevin admonishes him for how things ended, admits he still loves Patrick and wishes they'd given their relationship a real chance. He also offers Patrick back his old job at Most Dangerous Games. Meanwhile, Dom's attitudes are changing, Doris makes a major life decision, Agustín and Eddie face their issues and proceed with the wedding, and Richie's relationship with Brady (who is showing signs of a serious drinking problem) hits a breaking point. In the end, Patrick finds what he's been looking for all along... with Richie.|
Home media releases
|Season||DVD and Blu-ray release dates||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||January 6, 2015||January 12, 2015||December 10, 2014||Digital copies of all eight episodes, six audio commentaries with Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Álvarez, executive producer/creator Michael Lannan, executive producer Andrew Haigh and others.|
|The Complete Series and the Movie||November 15, 2016||November 14, 2016||TBA||TBC|
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