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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gay friends search for sex and fulfillment in San Francisco.

TV HBO Comedy 2014
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Some have labeled Looking as a gay Sex and the City or Girls, and it's true that the series have things in common. For one, all three follow a close-knit group of friends who are exploring their options when it comes to love and sex, and they tend to treat the cities they're set in -- whether New York or San Francisco -- as honorary characters. They also put forth protagonists who are penned as contrasting archetypes, inviting viewers to find a little of themselves in each character's journey.

Although they aren't always likable, the men of Looking are refreshingly real, and the series itself explores some worthwhile questions when it comes to love and sex in modern gay culture. But what's less certain is whether Looking is something your teen -- whether gay, straight, or questioning -- should be looking at now or whether it's a show that can wait until they're a bit older.

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