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HBO Gay Series 'Looking' Pilot Episode Now Free Online

Did HBO's Looking live up to the hype??

In case you missed it last night and/or you don't have HBO, the premium channel has generously posted the pilot episode on YouTube!

What did you think of our introduction to the San Francisco gay trio? Will you be Looking for more??


Is it me or is the acting really bad?  Especially Eddie and Richie, why do they seem like are reading right off some cards sometimes and very choppy editing when they are in a scene.  Not really excited with Patrick's character always all over the place, very fickle.  The best is Doris and this is suppose to be about gay men, she is the most colorful person on the show...strange.

I agree, DMiller, with your fine evaluation of the characters Eddie and Richie, and the choppy editing as well.  Also very accurate were your comments about Patrick (always somewhat neurotic and unsure of himself, as well as his next moves with everything), and especially (and ironically) Doris, the straight character, whose own life negotiations and personal circumstances seem to overshadow the premise of what the show attempts to convey, with regard to the show's gay cast of characters.  Very strange, indeed.  But, art here is definitely an imitation of life, in more ways than I initially realized, at least for me personally.  In my young adult life of the early to mid 1970s, I was living in both Manhattan (where I still live as a third generation American), and San Francisco, where my grandfather owned property in the Castro and several other nearby neighborhoods.  In fact, despite the fact that I was clearly under age, I was traveling with my very bohemian (and broadminded) Aunt Helen, who was a newspaper writer on assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle.  While there (and it was truly the most enlightening and idyllic time to be a part of this thriving scene), my Aunt was scheduled to interview the author, Armistad Maupin (of 'Tales And The City' fame), who took an instant liking to Aunt Helen (which was not at all difficult---she liked everyone, and vice versa), and befriended her.  Shortly after she introduced me to Mr.  Maupin, my Aunt and I were invited to several interesting parties, where the mix of people in attendance was more eclectic than an assorted can of Planter's Mixed Nuts, and truly egalitarian! Now, keeping in mind that I was an inquisitive child of eight years old in 1973, when my family agreed to allow my Aunt to chaperone me on a cross country trip (that required a short leave of absence from school), the fact that I was not even close to adulthood did not phase my trusty San Francisco traveling companion and relative one bit (on my father's side).  Coincidentally, I vividly remember many gay and straight characters that were exactly like Patrick, Eddie, Richie, and the character played by Scott Bakula, and especially Doris!  Back then, the term for describing someone life Doris, because of her close association with gay men was 'fag hag.'  In fact, I first heard this unfamiliar term to my delicate ears and sensibilities, from some very drunk and flamboyant man at one of Armistad Maupin's midweek cocktail parties, as a reference to a woman whom he was talking to that instantly puzzled me (in which my Aunt later explained).  But, back then, it was all good fun throughout the run of this all too brief, yet still solid and  thriving, bourgeois/bohemian American working class that I was so privileged to witness, during those contrasting bi-coastal scenes (my Aunt also had work in New York).  Whereas the party and literary intelligentsia scene of New York was more insular and focused to a targeted audience (struggling to maintain a strong, yet waning identity among the ever changing, industrious northeast middle class gatherings), in San Francisco it was a hodgepodge of similar crowds (that had already shifted gears in New York by nearly a decade), but for the Golden Gate city in 1973, well, the party was just getting started---and that's how I remember some of the modern day characters that 'Looking' eerily portrays, that actually existed back in the San Francisco of 1973, that I so vividly remember.  In fact, the woman who plays Doris, was an actual woman named Doris (the fag hag), whom I referred to earlier, as a guest at one of the many weekly parties that I accompanied my Aunt to, which incidentally took place in a very peculiar housing complex that was almost identical to the homes that were featured in Maupin's televised episodes of 'Tales Of The City.'  So, this HBO show has brought back many cherised, personally empowering memories of early childhood innocence, that I now realize were treasured moments forever suspended in a very different time and place (which I'm afraid I'll never see, or relive again).  It's the illusion of progress.  But, given that there were many things and situations that I should not have been witnessing at such a young age in the first place (which certainly did not affect my impressionable and developing young mind in any adverse way, despite what very adult circumstances that I witnessed, by direct association of my Aunt Helen, regarding open homosexuality, early drug use, and the social ills that defined the rampant party and social circuit), I now realize what a gift my Aunt's early exposure to the real world taught me, and how to always challenge authority, talk truth to power, and never airbrush reality.  In a strange and unintended way, Looking somehow recaptured those times for me, without knowing anything about them, mainly through a fictional character named Doris, who was created in the second decade of the 21st century, but who actually already existed in the real life of some San Francisco gal named Doris (by way of middle America), whom I fondly remember from the late 20th century, on my journey and travels with my beautiful, wonderful Aunt Helen.  Thankfully, she is still alive, and will be turning 85 later this year----and still actively working and writing---and she remembers every detail of our idyllic trip to San Francisco, just like it was May 17, 1973, the day we arrived in this magical, bohemian town of great wonders and curiosities!  Alas, Where the hell did time and youth go, I always wonder?  

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There is a dated quality about this show, despite the obvious attempts at presenting a fresh approach to the declining gay bar scene of San Francisco, and the dramatic changes to the city itself.  In the late 1970s and early 1980s, I vividly remember the raw innocence and slightly tainted serendipity that cemented the fear and excitement of meeting encounters for brief pleasure.  Mind you, relationships were extremely difficult to maintain during this hedonistic period, given the rampant promiscuity that substituted for affection, caring,  and emotional commitment--that almost never crossed over to love (as opposed to lust and infatuation).  In Looking, I observed a genuine attempt by the creators and actors to connect to that sexual tension and energy, that so defined the past, but what's missing is the shadowy mystique, and taboo implications that no longer apply--despite how it used to add heat and passion when the community was not so open and free.  Consequently, the show doesn't grab me as I hoped it would.  In the era of gay marriage and adoptions (that merely ape the very heterosexual experiences that were not welcome by gays of a different time), the premise and plot of the first episode seem transparently staged, stilted and contrived.  But there is great room for growth, development and plot improvement, and I shall continue to closely watch the next several episodes with anticipation, enthusiasm and interest for greater pull and mystery to prevail.  After all, this ain't the playground of the Castro of old--and gentrification is supposed to be evolutionary. Still, my nostalgic sensibilities always seem to take me back to Armistad Maupin's "Tales of the City," when San Francisco was still a town of enchantment.

I thought it was boring.  I will give it one more try and if it does not get better I will not watch it. I was not impressed with the acting, I thought it was kind of terrible and the direction was so slow.  I was not sure if it was a comedy or a drama, I did not laugh or experience any thrills during the first episode so I am not sure what kind of show it is supposed to be.  It left me feeling nothing for the characters and did not make me want to watch again.   I will watch again, just to support a gay shows, but my support only goes so far because I need to be entertained and this first episode was anything but entertaining.  With all the incredibly talented and creative gays out there I just cannot believe this is the best we can come up with.  I mean look at the Logo network only one good show on there and that is a reality contest show about drag queens.  Come on gays get out there and start creating something there has to be more than Dustin Lance Black out there.

I so want the guy to find love. I am all ready for a love story :-)
But yes, very nice for a first episode, knowing this will get better and better ones the actors grow into their parts. Congratulations HBO

Very good first episode! Good Luck to HBO with the show.

I think it will be great, but just couldnt really get into it last night. Another note, where are the ethnic (black) guys at? Always gay shows cast these caucasian and hispanic guys, but where are the black, asian, and european guys?

met a gorgeous black man yesterday that is on it. Just not on the first episode. This was the first half hour. They will be very diverse.


Love the show and the characters. Definitely number one show for my husband and I!

Doesn't work in Ireland.
Any help guys?


Coz it starts on Sky next Monday.  :-)

u can download it on piratebay that what i did

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