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Looking – Season 1

May 2, 2016

lookingQuem quaeritis? Whom do you seek/what are you looking for? Went the medieval Easter trope. Well, one of the characters says ‘maybe sex will make me feel better but….’ When asked how long his last relationship was, he said 6 months. The other guy said his lasted 5 years.

A medallion with Jesus on one side and Mary on the other is ‘cute.’ Being given a scapular seems to be embarrassing.

This comedy series revolves around three thirty-something friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes overwhelming, options available to a new generation of gay men. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick is a 29-year-old video game designer returning to the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement. He lives in San Francisco with his friends. . Patrick has a tendency to be naive and has been generally unlucky in love but things in Patrick’s life change upon meeting handsome yet humble Mission barber Richie and the arrival of his new boss, the attractive but partnered Kevin; aspiring artist Agustín. 31, questions the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend Frank and his stalling art career, as well as his penchant for recreational substance abuse; and the group’s oldest member, longtime waiter Dom,39, is facing middle age with dreams still unfulfilled. Dom pursues his goal of opening his own restaurant with the support of his roommate, Doris, and the unexpected help of the successful and older San Francisco entrepreneur Lynn. The trio’s stories intertwine dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an unparalleled era for gay men. A key aspect of the Looking mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with San Francisco serving as a backdrop for the group’s lives.

“Looking” doesn’t make the mistake of arguing that gay men are just like straight women, or straight men, or gay women, or even each other. Instead it tells the story of three guys who are friends in a strangely wonderful and difficult time and what that looks like. To them.

The dialogue tends to be more graphic than the sexual situations in these early episodes. Patrick’s chance meeting on a subway car with a Latin guy named Richie  leads to a discussion with Agustin over whether he might be “uncut,” as many “real Mexicans” are. This prompts an inquisitive Patrick to google “uncut Latin cocks.”

In its quiet way, it is a step forward for gay representation precisely because it isn’t interested in gay representation. It is about these people in this milieu in this point in time.

One Christian blogger said that all the people involved in its production will ‘burn in Hell.’

Quotations:

“At 40, Grindr emails you a death certificate”

“Do you know how much effort it takes to be around you every day? It takes all of my willpower not to lunge and kiss the fucking shit out of you.”

“Let’s be honest. You’re never going to be an artist, and if you ever do follow through with something it’s going to be mediocre at best.”

“Nobody good goes to eat until 10:30 at night.”

“I just want to lick his armpits all day long.”

“I wouldn’t mind if he sat on my face … I mean, I want to sit on his face is what I meant.’

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