Looking: Season 1 (2014)

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Season 1
Looking

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

90%

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Critic Ratings: 40

89%

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User Ratings: 303
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 19, 2014
2
Air date: Jan 26, 2014
3
Air date: Feb 1, 2014
4
Air date: Feb 9, 2014
5
Air date: Feb 16, 2014
6
Air date: Feb 23, 2014
7
Air date: Mar 2, 2014
8
Air date: Mar 9, 2014

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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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Critic Reviews for Looking Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20)

Looking is a good show. It will reward viewers who can hang on beyond the first episode and can adapt to its much slower pace and more naturalistic shooting style.

Jan 21, 2014 | Full Review…
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If this were just another comedy about straight singles, it would be forgettable, but the rare concentration on gay men makes it worth checking out.

Jan 17, 2014 | Full Review…
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In some ways he's [Patrick] the stabilizing force of Looking. And in other ways the loose cannon. He's also very likable, which is still a key element in most TV series.

Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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If representation is important, Looking is doing some important representing. But what elevates Looking above being a "symbol of serious progress," is that it is not content to be just that.

Jan 17, 2014 | Full Review…
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It's a startlingly provocative opening for what soon reveals itself to be an endearingly low-key show.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

For a show that in so many ways feels new, Looking is invitingly mellow -- it doesn't set out to define gay life in 2014, but in trusting its characters and the different paths they're on, captures a sense of how the world has and continues to change.

Jan 21, 2014 | Full Review…

[It] doesn't have a unique voice like Dunham's divisive multiple award winner. For lack of a better word, it's kind of milquetoast.

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's very very sweet. And sincerely humanist.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It's refreshing that Looking offers a view of the young, gay lifestyle that isn't set in the midst of the AIDS crisis or focused primarily on the experience of coming out.

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

On a show this unconcerned with being momentous, it's pretty remarkable.

Jan 21, 2014 | Full Review…

It's just not original or memorable.

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

This past year has been a great one for queer characters' stories on the big screen, and Looking has now brought that same depth and quality to the small screen.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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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  • 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.
  • Jul 04, 2014
    Promising. Basically Gay SF version of Girls, but we'll see where it goes.
  • May 28, 2014
    One of the best things to come on TV for a very long time. Many of the gay men I know have deemed it "boring" but they're wrong. Unfortunately they seem to live by the mantra, "instant gratification takes far too long."

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