It may not be the most groundbreaking thing to make it on to HBO, and may very well end up disappointing us all with its vanilla-ish look at thirtysomething gay life in San Francisco, but Looking is still bound to come up in conversation amongst your friends a lot in the next couple months.
That is especially true if you’re from San Francisco or ever lived there. And I’ll say that, being in San Francisco now, the first episode does a passable if kind of boring job of painting a picture of an average 25-to-40-year-old’s experience here, being happily or unhappily single, or getting into a relationship and figuring out if you want to have threeways. It’s likely going to be a more intimate, quiet, and potentially less provocative show than Girls, to which it’s being widely compared. But for straight people who haven’t experienced the phenomenon of joint gay bachelor parties, or being judged for cruising for sex by someone you’re on a date with, maybe it will be more interesting.
And I’m giving it a chance since it was created by Michael Lannan, one of the people behind I Want Your Love the indie/beardy film produced last year by NakedSword that featured some explicit, and pretty damn realistic gay sex among San Francisco guys of this same demographic. Looking is sure to make S.F. look just as pretty and alluring to young gay men, even though I’m fully expecting that nothing exciting will happen in the Folsom Street Fair episode. Maybe, just maybe, Jonathan Groff’s character will get oral gonorrhea in the back of Powerhouse and then go crying home to call his mom. If only.
One day after its premiere, HBO put the entire first episode of Looking on YouTube. They’re not letting us embed it, so watch it at that link. And we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the premiere of I Want Your Love, and you should probably watch that too, for reference.
Below, the lengthier version of the Looking Season One trailer, featuring Scott Bakula as a potential love interest for Dom (Murray Bartlett), and the hot Brit (Russell Tovey) who looks to be Groff’s ultimate love interest, and boss.