Even before it had aired, HBO’s Looking was being likened to a gay male Girls (which, not coincidentally, it follows). And the comparison makes sense, given that the San Francisco-set dramedy also follows a group of friends (played by Glee grad Jonathan Groff, Smash alum Frankie J. Alvarez and former Guiding Light hunk Murray Bartlett) coming of age – albeit a somewhat older age – in a big city. But will the freshman series become the cultural touchstone that its predecessor has? Or will it be relegated to the ranks of cult favorites like Showtime’s Queer as Folk?
Our money’s on the former. Smartly- – and appealingly sweetly- – written, Looking makes a star not only of Broadway baby Groff (please, please, please let him sing!) but of San Francisco, and sets up Bartlett as the kind of sex god to whom Samantha Jones would tip her diaphragm. But, of course, the real question isn’t what we think, it’s what you think. So weigh in, why don’t you, by grading the premiere in the poll below, then hit the comments to explain why the show did – or didn’t – deliver what you were, um, looking for.