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'Looking' Back: Episode 14, 'Looking For Gordon Freeman'

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It's often easy to forget that Looking is technically considered a comedy, but tonight's episode, "Looking For Gordon Freeman," seemed to have more laughs than usual. Sure, there were the usual zingers from Daniel Franzese's Eddie ("You know a party's really awesome when everyone starts talking about AIDS,") and Doris (Lauren Weedman), but there were a few other laugh-out-lines from the rest of the cast, too (like when Murray Bartlett's Dom responded "Isn't that just for porn?" when asked about Tumblr). Then again, maybe everything Dom says is just funnier in a Sia He-Man wig.

Of course, all those small moments are nothing compared to the big, cringe-worthy tirade Patrick (Jonathan Groff) unleashed on a party stuffed with all the primary players.

Let's discuss the fallout and everything that led up to it, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 13, 'Looking For the Truth'

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Each week, there are still loads of comments bemoaning Looking's 30-minute format. On episodes like tonight's "Looking For the Truth" (and last season's "Looking For the Future," which we'll talk much more about later), some of that gets addressed by isolating characters and focusing on less of the ensemble. The episode feels fuller when some of the storylines get a little more room to breathe.

We spent literally zero time with Dom (Murray Bartlett) tonight, and I don't think the episode suffered because of it. Not because his isn't a compelling character, but we were given more rich moments with Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and even Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez).

Let's chat about a few key points from tonight's installment, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 11, 'Looking Top To Bottom'

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The third episode of Looking’s second season, “Looking Top To Bottom,” was a big step for Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Kevin (Russell Tovey), but, maybe it’s the Dutch courage talking, it wasn’t my favorite episode.

One of the series’ strengths is the chemistry between the actors. Even though characters came together (at the rugby game, at a breakfast, etc.) they still felt like they were enmeshed in separate stories playing out in proximity to one another, rather than playing off each other and adding dimension. It felt like a transition episode. Since the group started the season off all together, now they’re starting to drift off into their own complications to play out the rest of the season. We'll consider this a set-up chapeter, and hopefully we'll see more overlapping in the coming weeks.

Dive in to some more thoughts on tonight’s episode and share yours, AFTER THE JUMP

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'Looking' Back: Episode 10, 'Looking For Results'

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I'm still sort of baffled by folks who are continuing to be let down by the show's pace. I actually thought last week's episode was uncharacteristically dynamic. But for those who are still somehow inexplicably waiting for Looking to pump some adrenaline into its soft, cinematic rhythm, I hate to break it to you, but tonight's installment feels like much more of a return to season one form.

It was a return in a much more literal sense as well. Episode two of Looking's sophomore season saw the boys back to San Francisco, and back to the complexities of their current situations. 

See more thoughts from tonight's episode, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 9, 'Looking For the Promised Land'

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Well, we're back! Looking's second season landed on HBO with a weekend woodsy getaway and a raging woodland dance party.

It was an interesting choice to start this season outside the show’s usual San Francisco-metro setting. It was a little jarring to see the boys out in the woods instead of on the San Francisco streets, and that added to the unsettling feeling of not being entirely sure what’s going on in the characters’ lives since we last left them. As a viewer, the disorienting effect successfully made me feel as unsteady as Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Dom and Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) each do at this point in their lives.

See more thoughts from tonight’s episode and share your own, AFTER THE JUMP

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Towleroad Interview: 'Looking' Creator Michael Lannan

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BY BOBBY HANKINSON

If you were hooked on HBO's dramedy Looking by the end of its first season, you should be excited for its return, Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern. The first few episodes of the sophomore season build on the rich character study established last year and have a fresh, playful ease.

Of course, you still can't compare the San Francisco-based show to some faster moving fare, like ABC's breakneck How To Get Away With Murder. Looking has maintained the leisurely pace and subtle sensibilities that endeared it to fans of director Andrew Haigh's Weekend -- and may have turned off some viewers that gave up on the show before last season's high-water mark, episode five, "Looking For the Future."

A bit more unburdened from the early expectations the show faced before its premiere, everything about season two feels more confident. Looking's commitment to its characters continues to bear fruit this year, extending from the excellent chemistry between the show's primary trio -- Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett) -- to stand-out secondary characters like Doris (Lauren Weedman) and new addition Eddie (Daniel Franzese).

We spoke to Looking creator Michael Lannan about working on the show and what to expect from season two.

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Towleroad: There’s been an overwhelming amount of response to the show since it was first announced. What’s surprised you most about the reaction the show’s received?

Michael Lannan: I think it’s been really awesome and surprising to see how many people have written about it. There’s been such an incredible positive reaction that it resonated with people. I think there were many people who didn't like the show who also wrote about it, and that’s awesome too, because the worst is people not having any opinion about you. It’s been really awesome. It feels like we touched on something that’s very personal to a lot of people. One of our executives at HBO was like, 'Wow, people really take this show personally in a way that most shows aren’t taken,' which I think is really exciting. It feels like we’ve touched on something that matters and is sensitive to people, and that’s cool. I love that.

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