Looking: Season 1 (2014)

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Funny without being obnoxious, Looking provides authentic situations that feel universal with its subtle details and top-notch performances.

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Critic Ratings: 40

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User Ratings: 319

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Air date: Jan 19, 2014

In the premiere of this dramedy about a trio of gay men in San Francisco, Patrick deals with news of his ex's engagement; Agustín prepares to move in with his boyfriend; and Dom mulls reconnecting with an old flame.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2014

Dom helps Agustín move into Frank's house in Oakland while discussing Patrick's love life. Back in San Francisco, Patrick goes on a date with Richie; and Dom has an encouraging reunion with Ethan.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2014

Patrick goes to a party on an aircraft carrier for a video-game launch, where he meets his new boss; Dom shares his plans for a Portuguese restaurant with Doris; Agustín gets fired for criticizing a sculpture.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2014

Dom asks Lynn to lunch, but isn't sure if it's for business or pleasure; Patrick and Kevin's outing is interrupted by a call from the latter's boyfriend; Agustín considers hiring help for an art project.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2014

Patrick calls in sick and spends the day with Richie exploring Golden Gate Park and other San Francisco sites, where they discuss their pasts and future plans.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2014

A party for Dom's 40th birthday gives Patrick a chance to introduce Richie to his friends. Also: Dom goes to dinner with Lynn to meet investors, but tries to convince Doris that he and Lynn aren't romantically involved; Agustín crosses paths with Frank when he invites CJ to a picnic.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2014

Dom ignores Lynn's advice while preparing for his new restaurant venture; Patrick goes to his sister's wedding, but worries what his family will think of Richie; Frank fumes when Agustín drops out of an art show because he's unhappy with his photos.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2014

In the Season 1 finale, Patrick tries to make up with Richie, while Agustín gets an earful from Frank about their relationship and his art. Later, Patrick and Agustín go to the opening of Dom's pop-up restaurant, where Dom is surprised who shows up with Lynn.

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Tv Season Info

Twenty-nine-year-old Patrick (Jonathan Groff) chases a career as a video-game designer while looking for Mr. Right in San Francisco in Season 1 of this HBO dramedy from creator Michael Lannan. Life is equally complicated for Patrick's best friends, including college buddy Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), an aspiring artist with an independent streak who takes a big step by moving in with his boyfriend (O-T Fagbenle), and Dom (Murray Bartlett), a 39-year-old waiter who dreams of opening up his own restaurant, but has trouble finding the courage—and the cash—to make it happen, though his luck could change after meeting a local florist (Scott Bakula) with the right connections. With Lauren Weedman, Raúl Castillo, Russell Tovey and Andrew Law.

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Andrew Haigh
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Sarah Condon
Executive Producer

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Audience Reviews for Looking: Season 1

  • Mar 10, 2015
    The new generation of Queer as Folk, Looking a realistic look at the lives of gay men in San Francisco, each of them filled with their own dreams and ambition. It has tongue in cheek humour without being vulgar, a very clever comedy with relatable characters and a fine cast.
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  • Dec 10, 2020
    Great show. Great cast, writing, directing, setting. Very relatable. Imperfect people in uncomfortable, messy situations. The biggest douchebag is Kevin. So full of himself. Takes what he wants. Doesn't see the consequences or impacts it has on others. Very selfish. This show deserved to run longer. Or to come back.
  • Dec 11, 2019
    TV is in dire need of gay programming that moves beyond stereotypes, presents real world situations, and has a compelling storyline. Looking matches all categories: accurately portrays the crushing cost of living in major cities (San Francisco) and accurately portrays gay 20 and 30 somethings with struggles, the characters work average jobs and don't live in an outlandish Friends-like penthouse, but rather a software engineer (Patrick) who would be making a lot of money lives in a rather substandard apartment and has to afford it by relying on roommates. It breaks the stereotype that all gay men are high income earners with lavish lifestyles and portrays the reality: most often single men without the luxury of dual incomes barely making it in the world. Looking approaches issues like AIDS, drugs, sex, and life without the pretentiousness and fakeness of other TV shows. My only sadness? That it didn't last beyond 2 seasons. Looking will go down in gay television history as a better, more realistic portrayal of gay life in a major city.
  • Oct 26, 2015
    This little gem of a show is so good. I went into it for a couple of the actors that were in it. all I heard before was that it was sort of the Girls for gay men, and it is all that and represents the gay culture in San Fransisco. It also takes away a lot of the preconceptions and misunderstandings that people have about this community and is very honest in the way it is portrayed. The characters are very well written and they all have their separate journeys in life trying to reach their goal of satisfaction. Something that i love about HBO shows especially in this genre is that everything is just so plain and out there. The nudity and more "experimental" scenes really just add to the experience of the show in just blatantly showing every part of these people's lives without holding back. I just love living through these characters in this city and just seeing how their adventures in jobs, friendship, and love take them without it ever trying to hard to bring in unnecessary drama in. This first season was everything i wanted out of this show and more and it is really making progress in what television could be in the future. I totally ship Patrick and Richie and this season totally left me hanging can't wait to start the second season!!
  • Jul 15, 2015
    HBO knows how to do it ! Dont cancel the show HBO !
  • Mar 26, 2015
    Great series, and it gets better!
  • Feb 15, 2015
    After finishing the eight-episode first season of Looking, I can say that the show is primarily Jonathan Groff. He's brilliant as Patrick, a video game designer desperate to find the right guy. His two amigos, Augustine and Dom, also have their problems in the love department. It's raunchy, different, and boundary-pushing for HBO. well done!
  • Jan 11, 2015
    I could't be more disappointed with the first season. The writers did a huge disservice to the community and to the cast. So full of stereotypes and continuing to glorify drug use does not represent the majority. Very sad and a waste of an opportunity.
  • Dec 29, 2014
    It's fresh &brilliant. Can't wait for the second season
  • Jul 22, 2014
    A low-key refreshing look at gay relationships. It stumbles a bit in its first half, with a few solid episodes, but by seasons end I was hooked. Some might not enjoy the casual and unblemished look at gay life but I thought it was revolutionary. It truly shows gay relationships have the same sorrows and triumphs as any other.

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