Queer As Folk, my intro to gay life

I’ve only seen the first season of Queer as Folk — and that was when I was still in my “homo-confusion” stage. I was in the US then, and secretly ordered the complete first season via Amazon. When the package arrived, my hands were really trembling as I opened the box… and I am not exaggerating here. It turned out, this DVD was a great intro to gay life for me. This series is soooo fun and exciting! I should watch the following seasons as well!

They’re here, they’re queer, and they make Sex and the City look like a demure tea party. Showtime’s quintessentially American Queer As Folk–based on the British miniseries–pours on copious amounts of hot and steamy sex. This slick (and slickly entertaining) series shares the same basic concept as its British counterpart–centering on a group of gay friends living in a primarily industrial city–but after that, all bets are off. Whereas the British version focused on the gritty, realistic drama of its characters, the American QAF is a glossy, fun soap opera that occasionally tackles big issues but never lets you forget that life at times can be a party, and you shouldn’t be one of those poor suckers starving to death. A good part of the show’s charm lies in its cast–boy-next-door Michael (Hal Sparks), ruthlessly seductive rake Brian (Gale Harold), out-and-proud Emmett (Peter Paige), wallflower Ted (Scott Lowell), and nubile teen Justin (Randy Harrison)–who grew from standard gay prototypes to intriguing characters by the first season’s end. And while some subplots didn’t work (such as Emmett’s farfetched foray into gay-conversion therapy), others were quietly affecting, including Brian’s coping with his father’s death. Some may object to the show’s relentless fixation on sex (and gay men–there are just two lesbian characters), but this is a series that in its own polished way is both engrossingly fun and truly groundbreaking. It’s liberating to watch an American TV series in which the straight world is only peripheral. Let’s hear it for the boys! –Mark Englehart

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2 Responses to “Queer As Folk, my intro to gay life”

  1. digdog666 Says:

    OMG. I LOVE QAF!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ian Says:

    I first learned about QAF on Cinema One in 2000. It was on the film review show of Pia Guaño and Ryan Agoncillo. Since then, I’ve been longing to watch it. I stayed in Manila for my studies and I had no TV set back then. Back at home, I did not know if ever they show it on CATV.

    Luck came to me last year when I bought DVDs, all five seasons. I’m now on the third season. Sad to say, I only watch it when I’m alone because my straight roommates can be homophobic and they might be offended by too much sex shown in the series.

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