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Looking: The Complete First Season
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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).
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For those who are just discovering Russel Tovey, I would strongly recommend "The History Boys" movie, adapted from the award winning Broadway show. Read morePublished 1 day ago by david blackman
I've tried watching this show a couple of times now, and just can't get into it; can't relate.Published 6 days ago by Colan Pearce
I love this series. Wish they come out with more seasons. Realistic characters & storylines. I love Ritchey!Published 21 days ago by JOS LORET
The 5 star rating says it all. I watched this season as it was broadcast on HBO and wanted my own copy to watch again at my leasure. Mission accomplished. Read morePublished 28 days ago by R. Case
Lovely series. I keep waiting for Season 2 release, plus the promised HBO movie that ties up this now-canceled production.Published 1 month ago by RobtR42