There’s a new webseries causing a stir (and not just in that region below your belt). It’s been referred to as the gay Sex and the City, and that’s an apt comparison considering that Hunting Season focuses on a gay blogger dealing with sex, the city of New York and his three best friends.
That blogger is Alex (Ben Baur, whose voiceovers for the show are far more nuanced than Carrie’s), a young 20-something who finds dating in NYC to be a difficult task, although hooking up with guys comes easily. Cruising comes easily for Tommy (Marc Sinoway) as well, who has mastered the art of using and losing guys. Nick (Gayby’s Jack Ferver) is the “older” guy of the group who is actually looking for a relationship—a seeming rarity for Manhattan gays. Lastly, there is prudish TJ (Jake Manabat), the guy in a long-term relationship that seems to be headed for disaster.
If these characters sound like longstanding clichés, that’s probably because they are. Any fan of SATC could easily deduce which of the girls they match up with. But as we all know, stereotypes are based in fact; and the fact is, it is easy to look at your circle of friends and see these same types in your life. These characters are relatable.
These characters are also likable—thanks in no small part to the talented actors portraying them (even at his smarmiest, you would be tempted to go home with Tommy). It’s easy to see bits of yourself in these characters. It also helps that the skillful Jon Marcus (director of the series) and Adam Baran write these characters, making it easy for the actors to submerge into these roles.
This webseries is based on a book (title The Great Cock Hunt), which was based on a blog (also called “The Great Cock Hunt”)—making for an origin story that mimics SATC’s creation. Packed with steamy sex scenes and wry humor, the show plays well in its 10-minute episode format, giving salacious glimpses into Alex’s life while still managing to tell a succinct and satisfactory story. As the series unfolds you’ll find yourself wondering if Hunting Season’s own Mr. Big—Lenny (Walker Hare)—will win over Alex’s affections or if his hunting season will never end.
You can watch this series on Wednesday nights at 9pm on LogoTV.com; and then you can support the show by purchasing the uncensored versions on HuntingSeason.TV the following morning—and trust me, they are worth it!
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