We have a genuine concern that tonight’s episode of “Looking” could very well be its last, and we are thankfully not alone. A few weeks back, we made our case for why HBO should definitely (please please) not cancel the show, and many others have come out of the woodwork to profess that same desire. Here’s a round up of the various open letters and essays passionately explaining why “Looking” is the best show you are apparently not watching (you have time today to binge watch the whole thing so you can contribute to tonight’s ratings — you won’t regret it):
The Advocate: “It’s true that the numbers could be better for the Michael Lannan-created series about a group of gay friends working their way through life in San Francisco. But Looking is a show that goes beyond ratings for many reasons, and I thought as we wind down to Sunday’s second season finale, it might be a good time to remind you of a few reasons why this show is infinitely special and why a third season should happen.” Read the whole piece.
The AV Club: “Looking is that rare TV series you could call “the best show you’re not watching” and be statistically accurate to two decimal places. It’s Enlightened all over again: There’s a half-hour HBO dramedy in its second season that’s one of the very best shows on TV. It gets a twentieth of the attention of night leader Girls. It will never win an Emmy. And HBO hasn’t announced a ruling on its future yet. Last time the network canceled the best show on TV, but given the ratings, it’s hard to argue against the cycle continuing. But Looking has a rare claim to fame that contributes to both its shallow cultural footprint and its colossal greatness: Looking is the only show on American television right now about gay men as a group.” Read the whole piece.
Entertainment Tonight (that’s right): “In a TV landscape just beginning to show signs of diversity, Looking is a crucial foothold for the LGBT community. Obviously it doesn’t represent everyone’s truth, and can’t show everyone’s experience of being gay, but it’s a start. And there’s so much potential for where it could go. The biggest reason we need a season three is to meet those lesbians Doris was jet skiing with.” Read the whole piece.
Hidden Remote: “Looking is the best show none of you are watching, but it is also possibly the best show on HBO right now. Each week I find myself so happy to get back into the lives of these guys and no show on television feels as honest as this one does. Looking has something for everyone, comedy, drama and realistic and fully realized characters. I hope HBO knows how special this show is and that we get plenty more from the crew for years down the road.” Read the whole piece.
Indiewire: “‘Looking” doesn’t attract a lot of viewers. As a foray into a very particular component of the gay community, the HBO half-hour boasts a distinctiveness that is creatively invigorating, but commercially limited. Unlike the Showtime series “Queer as Folk,” executive producers Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh make no effort to generalize the everyday problems faced by their young, gay, San Francisco subjects. Rather, they mine situational comedy and dramatic tension out of their characters’ specific identities and backgrounds; it’s that deeply-personal approach to storytelling that makes the show feel so richly intimate.” Read the whole piece.