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HBO's 'Looking': Richie vs. Kevin

Last season of Looking ended with a lot of uncertainty for Jonathan Groff’s Patrick. For most of the season, he tried to make his relationship with Richie (Raul Castillo) work. He flirted with his boss, Kevin (Russell Tovey), during office hours, but being that Kevin has a live-in boyfriend, Patrick assumed it was all harmless fun. As his relationship with Kevin took a turn for the intense, things seemed to be cooling off with Richie.

But if the season 2 promos are any indication (see here and here), both Richie and Kevin will be bringing sexy back.  Both are compelling partners for our beloved Patrick. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each, and then you can vote and let me know who you’re rooting for!


Richie is a sweetheart. At first glance, one might take him for a tough guy, but he’s as kind and vulnerable as they come. The biggest problem with his relationship with Patrick, as he articulated in the finale, is that the whole thing was rushed. Patrick inviting Richie to his sister’s wedding was basically like suggesting having a baby to save a failing marriage. Richie’s first meeting with Patrick’s friends was a disaster.

Rather than slowing down, getting to know each other better, and trying again in a month, Patrick decided it made more sense to double down and prove he was serious. Richie liked Patrick so much that he allowed himself to be fooled, even as he suspected Patrick was getting ahead of himself.

At season’s end, Richie called Patrick on his behavior, telling him the he was thisclose to falling in love, but that he won’t allow himself to go there if Patrick isn’t ready. As suspected, Patrick isn’t ready.

Pros: Kind. Honest. Sexy. Cares about Patrick. Good chemistry. Ready to go all-in.

Cons: Has a temper. Didn’t hit it off with Patrick’s friends. Patrick is not totally feeling it.

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Kevin is a bit tougher to nail down. All of his behavior has to be taken with a grain of salt because a) It comes with the reality that he has a serious boyfriend and b) He’s Patrick’s boss, which creates a power differential that is potentially very bad.

That being said, the comfort that these two have with each other is undeniable. Before the sex and before the kiss, the friendship that was developing between Kevin and Patrick during all those hours playing video games was very real. They know each other in a way that Patrick and Richie do not. It’s hard to know if the appeal of Kevin is simply that he’s so off-limits, or if he really seems like the right choice for Patrick.

Pros: Really knows Patrick. Good friends first. Great Smoldering chemistry.

Cons: Patrick’s boss. Really, really, really unavailable.

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So, what do you think? Safe, good, loving Richie? Or dangerous, hot, probably-bad-idea Kevin? Vote below!

Season 2 of Looking premieres on HBO on Jan. 11 at 10 p.m.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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