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Looking: The Complete First Season

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This new HBO comedy series revolves around three thirty-something friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes overwhelming, options available to a new generation of gay men.

Looking offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living - and loving - in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Jonathan Groff - Spring Awakening) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez - Smash), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member, longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39, is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled. The trio's stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices - and rights - for gay men. Also important to the Looking mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group's lives. Rounding out the Looking world are Dom's roommate Doris (Lauren Weedman), Agustín's boyfriend Frank (O.T. Fagbenle), and Patrick's co-worker Owen (Andrew Law), as well as love interests Kevin (Russell Tovey), Lynn (Scott Bakula), and Richie (Raúl Castillo).

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2015
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This topical show's biggest strength is it's honest portrayal of real gay men. Both the heterosexual stereotypes and our own don't apply here. This piece is about gay men single or not,who while they are fit and attractive, are not relentless body nazis. And (gasp) some of them are getting older in a youth obsessed culture. While it is topical and current many of the scenarios that play out her are timeless. The main character, subtlety played by Groth, often makes missteps in finding Mr. Right or even just Mr. Right now (he seems to be on Both sides of the fence). There is a couple who surprises themselves by bringing a third party in for a threesome. The best character for me, as a man of a certain age, is played by Bartlett. He can't seem to let go of how he was acting as a twenty five year old. All of these characters and situations ring true. And this series relevance brings to mind the old adage "the more things may change the more they stay the same.if you need to have a frame of reference for this piece, view Andrew Heigh's movie weekend, I highly recommend it.
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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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When I heard about "Looking" I wasn't excited at all. It sounded like a bad copy of "Queer as Folk" but I decided to give it a chance anyway. And I'm glad I did! "Looking" follows the lives of three gay friends in San Francisco, but what makes this show so unique is that they don't have to try too hard, I even forgot at times that it was a "gay show" because you find a little bit of yourself in every character, and you get to love them by the second or third episode and you get addicted instantly, that's how I know a show is good! The cast works really great together, the series doesn't follow the typical stereotypes, they are just guys with issues that anyone would have, which I find very refreshing, and lately, media is all about gay teens, but what about gay adults?
The shoots from locations of San Francisco are just beautiful, and the writing is superb, but I'm sad that the season only has 8 episodes because I want more! At least it was renewed for a second season earlier this week, and hopefully season 2 will have 10 or 13 episodes.
This show may not be for everyone, some scenes are explicit (not graphic, but you quickly understand what's going on without seeing anything graphical), and it gets a little cliché sometimes, but it's a good show overall. Every episode is a great episode.
It's really worth the pre-order and I can't wait to see the last two episodes! (by the time i'm writing this, only 6 of the 8 episodes have aired so far). Start watching if you haven't seen it!
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What first surprised me about the show is its relative brevity - especially for a US TV series. It only consists of 8 half-hour episodes, which makes it more akin to a British television series. And I think this did the show a lot of good since it made sure that the writing was a lot more focused and thus the character plots also more at the forefront. And given the relative limited cast involved, it meant that most characters had their fair share of time in focus.

Patrick is a hard character to love. At times he's adorable and endearing. Other times, he's a little pathetic and tiring. But that all works for him and keeps him very human, and very real. And that sets the tone for most of the show - the simple elegance in its often austere and very true-to-life presentation of things. It's not flashy like QAF was. Instead it's a show that remains firmly rooted in reality, something significantly aided to make sure the time-place setting of contemporary San Francisco is pretty strong.

Patrick is obviously the story of focus, but that is not to say that the other threads weren't interesting. I think the story involving Dom was a pretty intriguing one as he tries to find a new path for himself and how tries to resolve his friendship with Lynn. But Agustin's story was pretty messed up and could have used a bit more on-screen development, I think. One could already see where the story was bound to go given the first episode along, but how we get from the beginning to the season ender could have been elaborated upon a bit more.

The inclusion of Russell Tovey as Kevin, Patrick's new boss, was naturally a major squee moment for my partner and myself.
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