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'Looking' premiere recap, 'Looking for Now'

'Looking' premiere recap, 'Looking for Now'

Opening scenes are tricky. In minutes, writers have to establish a show's tone, make viewers care about fictional strangers and toss the audience a hint at where things are headed over the course of eight (or 12 or 22) episodes.

For whatever reason, that's a challenge HBO shows both past and present typically ace compared to their network counterparts. Think about Amy Jellicoe's mascara-streaked meltdown on "Enlightened," the bait-and-switch gut punch that started "Six Feet Under" or Hannah Horvath getting cut off by her parents on "Girls."

"Looking" is hardly...