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Looking - (S01E08)

Drama . Comedy . Romance

At Dom's restaurant opening, Patrick and Agustín show up, as does Lynn with a surprising guest. Frank tells Agustín what's on his mind and Patrick tries fixing what is broken in his life.

Episode Title: Looking Glass
Airs: 2014-03-9 at 10:00 pm
  • Curt Wagner

    With its strong performances, subtle details and believable situations, Looking presents a convincing portrayal of everyday life--either gay or straight.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    For the most part, Lannan and Haigh have crafted something that’s bittersweet and funny and surprisingly quiet, willing to simply let the characters hang out and try to figure out what the rest of their lives are going to be like.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    [Andrew Haigh & Michael Lannan] collaboration is a real beauty, the standout among several smart series launching in January.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Looking isn’t a comedy, but it’s much bouncier on its feet. Not slap-happy, but comfortable in its own skin as the three principals.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Patrick is the only one of the three leads to come entirely into focus over these early episodes.... But there's some excellent raw material in here, even if at times I found myself admiring Looking more than I was liking it.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Looking's naturalism, resonant sexual themes, and winsome performances lead to wise, appealing entertainment that can get even better and more real the deeper the show digs into its characters. [17 Jan 2014, p.63]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Billy Nilles

    Some won't find it gay enough, others will likely wrinkle their nose at the word "gay" and avoid it like the plague. That's a shame, because with this quiet, sincere little show is quite revolutionary on its own. And that's something worth looking at.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    After the stage-setting of the first two episodes, however, Looking becomes less frenetic and begins building emotional resonance.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    There's nothing formally or dramatically groundbreaking about it, except for its "no big deal" attitude. But that in itself is striking. It should be counted as progress. That Looking doesn't seem to be terribly concerned with words like progress should count as progress, too.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Patrick’s moment of light self-flagellation didn’t feel boring to me. Like the rest of his show, it felt real.

    Slate Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Refreshingly, Looking doesn’t contort itself to create a character to represent every different aspect of “the gay experience.”

    Time Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Unlike “Girls,” it feels less self-conscious about being provocative, with the situations flowing organically out of the characters. It is also, happily, occasionally pretty funny.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    There's a nice balance of humor (Groff in particular gets to milk the comedy) and emotional drama coursing through it (like Girls, which makes a fine pair for it on Sundays).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    [Looking was] filmed entirely in the Bay Area, which is a big part of why the story rings so true. The other parts are the delicately detailed direction by Haigh and the pitch-perfect performances of the cast. All of these elements work together to present a convincing, multidimensional portrayal not only of contemporary gay life but also of contemporary life in general.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Neil Drumming

    Patrick is fidgety, disturbingly intense and possibly a bit snobbish to boot--not unwatchable, but, as yet, far from endearing. Fortunately, Looking has plenty else going for it.

    Salon Full Review
  • Jethro Nededog

    Looking is a good show. It will reward viewers who can hang on beyond the first episode and can adapt to its much slower pace and more naturalistic shooting style..... But, Looking will make you work to get there.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    I don't know that Looking starts out being very good at what it thinks it is, either. But it's intriguing enough to be worth a second or third date before deciding.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The show makes an admirable effort at transcending gayness without compromising it. Groff is fine but not fascinating as the naive yet manipulative Patrick, and Alvarez gives Agustin a certain bohemian flair. The real standout--and best-realized character so far--is Bartlett’s Dom. Actually, the more I think about it, the show’s real standout is San Francisco itself.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The performances are nuanced and subtle.... Bakula's presence and air of experience add weight and depth to a show that occasionally seems too slight for its ambitions.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The one thing lacking is writing that goes beyond fondness into truly funny. [17 Feb 2014, p.45]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    Looking carries with it the potential to pick up the baton from something like Travis Mathews's explicit I Want Your Love, another gay short that was later expanded (in this case, into a feature film), but time will tell if it can't look beyond those hypnotic treasure trails.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Looking occupies some fuzzy ill-defined middle ground filled with uni-dimensional characters.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Looking might be the most provocative series of 2014. It’s just not original or memorable.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Never as heightened or melodramatic as Queer as Folk (British and Showtime versions), Looking also isn't terribly distinctive and is only sporadically engaging.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Looking has a premium-cable mandate to be daring, and is indeed sexually unbound. But almost everything else, including dialogue, plotting and humor, is muffled.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Christopher Muther

    Looking isn’t just disappointing, it’s infuriating. Looking offers one hopelessly out-of-date idea about gay life after another.... All of that said, Looking is still a unique moment in gay television.

    Boston Globe Full Review

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