Queer as Folk: S1

The American version of the original British import not only is my favorite but still holds up beautifully over ten years after its premiere in the U.S. on Showtime.  It’s brilliant, risk-taking, and still relevant.  It tackles tough issues, and overcomes lots of negatives from viewers (not enough diversity, too many stereotypes, too hedonistic, too ghettoized).  It was our very first full on sex-celebratory gay television series.  Since QAF and The L Word have left the the airwaves, not one new television show has come to take their place.  We’re now a character here and there on several shows, but in my mind, that’s just not visible enough.  We need both supporting roles/ensemble characters and full-on LGBT series.  Highlights of this first season are Emmett’s conversion therapy, Michael’s relationship with Dr. David.  Zack O’Tool, Debbie, Jennifer, Uncle Vic, and the luscious Blake plus a bevvy of amazing bodies (thank you Toronto extras), explicit gay male sex including I believe the only mention of fisting in an American television series.  A must-see and a modern classic.  It’s comfort food for me and when you hear I’ve been watching it again by myself, you know I’m pining.  I really need to own this one on DVD.

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