‘Looking’ Back: Episode 1, ‘Looking For Now’


After months of anticipation, HBO's Looking has finally made its debut. The series has been a hot topic since it was announced, and has been heralded by some as "the honest gay series we've been waiting for." We posted our initial thoughts on the first four episodes of Looking last week. Now that the first episode aired, we want to know what you think.

We have a few episode-specific thoughts and want to hear from you in the comments,

  • There's been a lot of talk about diversity of the cast (including in the comments on our review). I hadn't mentioned the cast's diversity in the review, because I didn't find it particularly remarkable. The representation is broader than some have speculated (this is not an egregiously all-white cast), but the series also hasn't yet really dove into any worthwhile conversation about diversity, either. The faces may be different here, but, so far, the experiences (from a diversity standpoint) feel the same.
  • It's particularly interesting to see how Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez)'s story will pan out, given how there's been so much hoopla about gay relationships either destroying the concept of monogamy, or embracing it.
  • We're particularly fond of Lauren Weedman, who plays Dom (Murray Bartlett)'s roommate. You may recognize her for her work as Horny Patty on HBO's canceled series Hung. She's got a great way of calling the guys out on their nonsense (like she does in the premiere episode with Dom's Facebook stalking), and she continues to give the guys much-needed reality checks in future episodes.
  • There were three short sexual situations in tonight's episode — Patrick (Jonathan Groff)'s attempt at cruising, Agustín's morning sex and the three-way with the guy with the Dolly tattoo — none of which got particularly racy. Some folks have been disappointed with the lack of skin, but it feels more like a stylistic decision, rather than an aversion to gay sex. Would more explicit scenes have added to our understanding of the characters or story?

We're only one episode in of Looking's short first season, but there's already a lot to discuss. Were you happy with the premiere? Will you keep watching? Do you see yourselves in these characters?

Let us know in the comments.

'Looking' airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on HBO.