'Looking' review: HBO delivers with this intimate revelation of a series

There's been a lot of ink spilled over "Looking" in the lead-up to the HBO show's premiere. That's just what happens when a show dares to focus on a minority community -- the gay community, in this particular case. Think piece after think piece has been written about the series in terms of how it advances its community's cause, and not all have been kind. But what all this noise -- and yes, it mostly amounts to a bunch of noise -- has done is obscure the main question: Is the show any good?Well, the good news? The show, premiering on Sunday (Jan. 19), is phenomenal. Centered around stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as Patrick, Augustin and Dom, respectively, "Looking" follows three gay men attempting to navigate life in San Francisco -- and it does so with aplomb. There's something revelatory about what creators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh have done...



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