A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship is an enduring theme, but the series also questions the wisdom of romantic relationships and whether they can truly last. Intimacy versis sex is a major conflict.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are imperfect and make far-from-impeccable choices, but their friendship is strong, and they've formed a makeshift family to support each other.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The series centers on the characters' love lives. Sexual activity isn't constant but includes partial nudity (bare chests and buttocks) and some faraway full-frontal shots, with simulated intercourse and implied oral sex. Some characters have sex with multiple partners and strangers, and safe sex isn't emphasized.
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Unbleeped swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," and "c--t," plus sexually charged terms such as "hand job," "blow job," "f--k buddy," "finger-f--k," and "face-f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Characters use websites such as OkCupid and Manhunt.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially, and one main character smokes pot regularly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Looking explores the subject of sex and relationships among three gay friends in San Francisco with frank talk and sexual realism. Unbleeped swearing includes crass phrases such as "face-f--k," and you'll see simulated sex and some partial nudity, including faraway shots of male genitalia. Characters also drink socially, occasionally smoke pot, and visit dating websites such as OkCupid and Manhunt to meet men.
Is It Any Good?
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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