TV Review: Looking

So is Looking really the gay man's Girls? The comparisons are easy. Like its HBO sibling, the new half-hour dramedy is young, sexually explicit, and self-consciously contemporary: Facebook, OK Cupid, and Grindr all get shout-outs. It's set in the NorCal equivalent of Girls boho-yuppie environs, and it's even shot in an equivalent glam-verité style that variously resembles indie movies and jean commercials. But in its opening episodes, Looking makes a case for itself. Unlike the manic Girls, it has an easy charm, unencumbered by Lena Dunham's voice-of-a-generation agony. On the flip side,Looking doesn't really have a mission statement. A logline for the series might be: ''Well-adjusted gay men have intelligent conversations, sex.'

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