HBO Series "Looking," Starring Jonathan Groff, Premieres Jan. 19

By Adam Hetrick
January 19, 2014

"Looking," the new HBO series about a group of young gay men living in San Francisco, premieres Jan. 19 on the cable network. Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff stars.



Michael Lannan created the half-hour series, which stars Groff (Spring Awakening, "Glee," "The Normal Heart"), Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as three young gay men living in San Francisco. The cast also features Russell Tovey and Scott Bakula.

"Looking" will air at 10:30 PM ET.

According to HBO, "'Looking' offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living - and loving - in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Groff) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member - longtime waiter Dom (Bartlett), 39 - is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.

"The trio's stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices - and rights - for gay men. Also important to the 'Looking' mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group's lives. Rounding out the 'Looking' world are a bevy of dynamic gay men including Kevin (Tovey), Lynn (Bakula), and Richie (Castillo), as well as a wide-range of supporting characters like Dom's roommate Doris (Lauren Weedman), Agustín's boyfriend Frank (O.T. Fagbenle), and Patrick's co-worker Owen (Andrew Law)."

Groff spoke about the series in a recent interview with Playbill.com. "Looking," he said, "takes place in modern day [and concerns] a bunch of gay guys … It's sort of a slice-of-life kind of TV show that hopefully will be breaking some ground potentially in that there hasn't been a show like this on TV in a long while, about gay men just living their lives in today's world. I think the goal of the show and the purpose of this show is to illustrate the complexities and realities of the modern-day gay experience, which is a lot of things."

Read the full interview here.

Andrew Haigh, who directs the series, produces along with Sarah Condon and David Marshall Grant.