HBO Puts Entire First Episode Of “Looking” On YouTube For Free!


Looking, HBO’s new gay drama, debuted on Sunday and has been the topic du jour across queer Facebook. But if you’re feeling left out because you don’t have HBO, the net is giving away the first episode for free!

Lock the doors, lower the blinds. fire up the smoke machine and click here to watch Episode One of Looking, titled “Looking for Now.”

Then hop over here to watch our Episode One recap—and weigh in with your own opinion. Wanna know what The Divine Sister playwright Charles Busch thought of Looking? He posted a mini-review on Facebook

[It] was pleasant enough. Not up there with my favorite shows of yore like “Mona McCluskey” with Juliet Prowse or “The Tammy Grimes Show.” but Jonathan Groff was charming and looks like a real person. The dilemma of course is that no one show can encapsulate an entire population’s experience. Imagine if the only TV show that explored heterosexuality was “Sex and the City?” Oh, there would be an abundance of complaints from farming communities and such. “This doesn’t convey my world.”

As one who as written pilots for HBO and Showtime, I can only imagine the many development people weighing in with their opinions. If the show had given us a Noah’s Ark full of every kind of gay man, we’d be criticizing that it was unrealistic that no group of friends is that diversified. “Looking” certainly didn’t reflect my group of friends but then my group of friends tends to be former stage actresses over eighty.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.