The first episode of HBO's new dramedy is a hit with critics and audiences alike, as the network looks set to enjoy another hit series
HBO premiered their latest series last night (19 Jan.), the San Francisco-set Looking, a show about finding the right right partner and who you are in the world. The difference between the new show and countless other series that fit this formula is that it's three central characters, played by Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett & Frankie J. Alvarez, are all gay.
Jonathan Groff [L], Murray Bartlett [M] & Frankie J. Alvare [R] star in the show
The newly premiered comedy drama managed to draw in promising audience numbers and even more promising critical praise, with a number of early reviews for the show already declaring to fans of the premium cable network that HBO have produced yet another show to become obsessed with. Gaining comparisons to much-praised series Girls, the show promises so much more than being 'Girls with guys' as this modern-day sitcom looks to lift the lid on the still-relatively taboo nature of same-sex relationships in a way that has hardy been done before.
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Imogene cannot seem to move on from her unsuccessful career as a playwright in New York and her destroyed relationship with a former boyfriend. Dreaming of the past and what could've been, she goes into meltdown and wakes up in the bed of a psychiatric unit with a doctor informing her that she must either stay in hospital or be cared for by a close relative. She is ultimately forced to go back to her hometown in New Jersey to be with her wayward mother who has never had the ability to take care of her properly as a child let alone as an adult. However, when she gets home, she discovers that her mother is living with an eccentric compulsive liar and has rented out Imogene's bedroom to a young man, who happens to be rather charming. She soon learns that in order to get better and be able to stand on her own two feet again, she must accept her family as it is and forgive her mother for her past struggles.
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After living in Spain for a few years, Troy (Bartlett) is back in Los Angeles looking for work. He gets in contact with his ex, Jonathan (Dugan), and they discover that they still feel strongly attracted and connected. Troy encourages this, but Jonathan feels guilty because he has a new boyfriend, Raul (Gonzalez). Over the next few weeks, they become increasingly preoccupied with thoughts of each other, meeting up now and then and eventually falling into bed. Meanwhile, Raul is pressing Jonathan for a stronger commitment and beginning to suspect that something's up.
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