Withering Glance: A look at 'Looking,' HBO's new gay 'Girls'

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 24, 2014 - 1:56 PM
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Frankie Alvarez, Jonathan Groff and Murray Bartlett of “Looking.”

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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

 

CP: Episode two of “Looking,” HBO’s dramedy about three gay male friends in contemporary San Fran, airs tonight. We got an advance look at the first four episodes. Initially I was lukewarm, but it’s growing on me.

 

RN: The plot isn’t exactly jet-propelled. But so far, I want to get to know the characters better. Most of them, anyway.

 

CP: Lemme guess: Your favorite is Dom, the waitron at Zuni Cafe.

 

RN: I love the actor, Murray Bartlett. “Sex and the City” savants will remember his memorable turn as the Aussie who was briefly Carrie Bradshaw’s gay pet. Since that 2002 appearance, Bartlett appears to have done nothing but work toward becoming the P90X spokesmodel.

 

CP: The season opener has a hilarious throwaway line by him. After a younger waiter at work rebuffs Dom’s proposition, Dom fumes that that has never happened to him. And he’s 40.

 

RN: He’s the Samantha Jones of “Looking.” With a mustache.

 

CP: Since it’s being called the gay “Girls,” comparisons to its HBO-mate are inevitable. As with Hannah in “Girls,” I am alternately charmed and annoyed by Jonathan Groff, starring as Patrick in this series.

 

RN: He’s no Hannah on the irritation scale — and the far mellower “Looking” is clearly not “Boys” — but Patrick’s man-child ways definitely have an expiration date.

 

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