Still Queer as Folk

Still Queer as Folk

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An episode-by-episode analysis and critique of the television show Queer as Folk. The show started airing in December 2000, and we discuss how gay life has changed, or stayed the same 17 years later. At the end of each episode we ask the question of whether the episode’s content still holds up today.
2.17 You Can Leda Girl
Aug 15 • 61 min
Brian’s job is at risk forcing him to choose between his career and a week away with Justin. Melanie and Lindsay suffer from lesbian bed death until Leda comes up with a unique solution. Emmett’s inheritance is burning a hole in his pocket which gets the…
2.16 You Say It’s Your Birthday (I Couldn’t Care Less)
Aug 8 • 66 min
Michael throws a surprise birthday party for Ben, who reacts uncharacteristically. Tired of Brian’s lack of commitment, Justin steps out and falls for a violinist at his school, only to return home to find his bday gift from Brian is an escort. Ted meets…
2.15 Rage Against This Machine
Aug 1 • 49 min
Michael and Justin create a comic book based on Brian, who doesn’t share their enthusiasm. Emmett fights the establishment and is barred from speaking at George’s funeral. Meanwhile, Melanie and Lindsay struggle to renovate the attic while Leda angles to…
2.14 The Dangers of Sex and Drugs
Jul 25 • 66 min
Michael fights with his mother about Carl Horvath’s amorous advances. George and Emmett get started on their around-the-world trip, with devastating consequences. Justin tries to pay his own way by becoming a gogo boy at Babylon, only to find that the…
2.13 It’s Because I’m Gay, Right?
Jul 18 • 58 min
Michael starts to ask questions about his unknown father and all roads lead to a famous drag queen. Justin is short on tuition and resorts to an edgy job to pay his bills. Baby Gus is having a hard time finding the right preschool.
2.12 One Degree of Brian Kinney
Jul 11 • 63 min
Michael discovers that Ben had a hot hookup with Brian two years ago at the White Party. Debbie takes it upon herself to track down the identity of the twink found dead in the diner’s dumpster. Ted aspires to associate with a higher class of gays, only to…
2.11 The Wedding
Jul 4 • 41 min
The universe conspires against Melanie and Lindsay as their wedding date approaches. Brian and Justin have tickets to the White Party in Miami on the big day…will they stay or will they go? Emmett prepares for plastic surgery on his rump, while Ted and…
2.10 Priorities, Please! (Beat the Time)
Jun 27 • 52 min
Lindsay makes a surprising discovery about her grandmother’s orientation which prompts Melanie to make a decision about their wedding. Emmett propels George back into society and a meaningful social life. Debbie makes a shocking discovery in the diner…
2.09 Accentuate the Positive
Jun 20 • 49 min
Michael continues his quest to win Ben, despite his mother’s opposition to him because of his HIV status. Ted has performance anxiety about his upcoming date with Thor and goes to extreme lengths to measure up. Brian has an intimate encounter with his…
2.08 Love for Sale
Jun 13 • 62 min
Michael continues to be infatuated with Ben, despite being turned down, which leads him to re-enter the dating market with others. Justin meets a guy his own age at a college party which brings out his worst Brian-influenced tendencies. Emmett has a…
2.07 The Leper, Hath the Babe Not Eyes? (with writer Blair Fell)
Jun 1 • 83 min
Writer Blair Fell joins us on the show today to discuss his time with Queer as Folk. Michael faces an avalanche of criticism from all angles over his decision to date HIV+ Ben. Will he, or won’t he? Emmett’s surging career as an adult entertainer causes…
2.06 Mixed Blessings
May 16 • 73 min
Ted’s new porn company is up and running, albeit with a shortage of talent. Michael falls for a charming customer at his comic store who asks him to speak at his class, but reveals information upsetting to Michael. Brian and Justin negotiate new terms for…
2.05 Wherever That Dream May Lead You
May 9 • 44 min
Everyone has new dreams. Michael wants out of the Big Q, Justin wants to make it in art school, Ted wants to quit accounting for a more salacious career. In the end, who will find their dream in the only QaF episode featuring drag kings!?
2.04 Pride
May 2 • 49 min
Michael waffles on attending his first Pride while Justin can’t wait. Brian faces a moral dilemma with a homophobic client, but spins it to his advantage. Ted is shocked to find out the true intentions of his Pride hookup. Lindsay is decidedly unpleased…
2.03 Hypocrisy (Don’t Do It)
Apr 25 • 60 min
Brian wins an award for saving Justin’s life, but is reticent about accepting it after a gay columnist calls into question his relationship with Justin. Michael is still stuck in the past, but clawing towards a new reality with best friend Brian. Emmett’s…
2.02: All Better Now
Apr 18 • 67 min
Justin continues to struggle with PTSD causing his mother to turn to Brian for help. Ted loses his job after his boss discovers his on-the-clock web browsing habits. Michael drifts aimlessly through the front and back rooms of Babylon, unsure of what the…
2.01: Home is Where the Ass Is
Apr 11 • 66 min
Justin deals with the physical effects of being gay bashed while Brian can’t move beyond the emotional impact of it. Michael makes a surprise appearance in Pittsburgh and eventually comes clean about Dr David Cameron. Lindsay and Melanie bring Ted and…
1.22: Full Circle
Apr 4 • 64 min
Everyone faces an uncertain future as separations occur, one by one. Blake descends further into addiction, Dr David has plane tickets to Portland with Michael, Brian turns 30 with self destructive behavior. Justin’s life will never be the same again.
1.21: Running to Stand Still
Mar 28 • 73 min
After a hookup with a New York ad exec, Brian announces to the gang that he’s leaving Pittsburgh for NYC. Vic’s indecent exposure case continues to wind through the courts. Dr David announces that he’s moving to Portland and starts packing Michael’s…
1.20: The King of Babylon
Mar 21 • 60 min
Justin goes on offense with an aloof Brian, resulting in him being crowned the King of Babylon. Ted continues to try to fix Blake as he struggles for acceptance from Ted’s friends. Vic has a troubling encounter with an undercover policeman. Emmett finds…
1.19: Good Grief!
Mar 14 • 71 min
Brian faces the reality of his father’s death, as everyone tries to tell him how he should be feeling about it. Ted still clings to Blake, even as he descends deeper into crystal meth addiction. Daphne wants her “first” to be with Justin, who readily…
1.18: Surprise Kill
Mar 7 • 65 min
Ted tries to fix Blake again after finding him tweaking at Babylon. Brian encounters Dr David at the bathhouse causing Michael to rethink his long term relationship and have a hookup of his own. Justin must decide between business school and art school.
1.17 Solution (How TLFKAM Got Her Name Back)
Feb 28 • 55 min
Michael is a changed man after his trip to France with Dr David. Justin has to make a decision about leaving town. Bad News Blake reconnects with Ted. Lindsay and Guillaume move forward with their sham wedding. Dr David and Michael host the A-Gays at…
1.16: French Fried
Feb 21 • 58 min
Episode 16 of of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed: A mysterious Frenchman moves in with Lindsay. Justin makes a real enemy out of Chris Hobbs. Michael is reluctant to embrace his newfound BoyToy status with Dr David. Brian helps Justin plan a…
1.15: The Ties That Bind
Feb 14 • 70 min
Ted meets an old college friend who becomes his master. Brian finally comes out to his dying father who meets his grandson Gus for the first time. Melanie saves the day when Justin almost scalds baby Gus. Michael becomes Wicked Step Mother to Dr David’s…
1.14: A Change of Heart
Feb 7 • 61 min
Episode 14 of of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed: Brian’s sexual harassment case continues, causing collateral damage to Michael and Dr David’s relationship. Emmett takes the next step in gay conversion therapy and has a surprising encounter…
1.13: Very Stupid People
Jan 31 • 62 min
Brian runs into trouble after hooking up with a subordinate in and out of the office. Emmett continues to struggle in his attempt to go straight. Melanie cheats on Lindsay and pays a shocking price. Ted hires a porn star to bang Emmett back into his true…
1.12: Move it or Lose It
Jan 24 • 57 min
Brian and Michael come to terms with their separation. Michael moves in with Dr. David who quickly undoes all of Michael’s new decor choices. Brian and Justin get naked and eat ice cream. Tracy quits the Big Q after being lied to by Michael. By the end of…
1.11: Surprise!
Jan 17 • 64 min
Emmett and Ted cope with an HIV test. Debbie pays Brian a visit to scold him about his treatment of Michael resulting in Brian hosting a surprise birthday party for him. Tracy and Dr. David unexpectedly appear at the party and fireworks ensue when Michael…
1.10: Queens of the Road
Jan 10 • 52 min
Episode 10 of of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed: Justin attends the bday party of his newly hatched little sister. Dr David has dreamy plans for Michael. Justin runs away to New York, with Brian, Michael, Ted and Emmett hot on his trail.…
1.09: Daddy Dearest (Sonny Boy)
Jan 3 • 60 min
Episode 9 of of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed: Baby Gus is rushed to the hospital, but only one mother counts. At David’s dinner party, Michael reveals who gave him crabs during the seafood paella course. Brian has a troubling encounter…
1.08: Babylon Boomerang
Dec 27, 2017 • 52 min
Episode 8 of of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed: Michael deviously furthers his career while Justin innocently furthers his relationship with Brian. Brian develops a fondness for jambalaya. We witnesses Craig Taylor’s sinister side. Dr David…
1.07: Smells like Codependence
Dec 20, 2017 • 61 min
Episode 7 of season 1 of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed: Justin gets a pierced nipple while announcing that he “doesn’t do boyfriends.” Michael and Dr David go for a romp in the countryside. Justin’s father attacks Brian not once, but twice…
1.06: The Art of Desperation
Dec 13, 2017 • 60 min
Episode 6 of season 1 of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed. In this Episode: A chiropractor spends 27 minutes working on Michael’s nipples while Jennifer daydreams about her son being bent over a piano by “This Brian.” Ted tries to date the…
1.05: Now Approaching…The Line
Dec 6, 2017 • 66 min
Episode 5 of season 1 of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed: Michael fends off Tracy, who doesn’t know that he’s gay, resulting in Michael getting a little bit more than just a chiropractic adjustment. Brian tests the waters of being an escort…
1.04: Ted’s Not Dead
Nov 29, 2017 • 54 min
Episode 4 of Season 1 of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed. In this episode: Babylon is to die for…for somebody. Justin gets handsy with a football player while Michael and Emmett search Ted’s apartment for incriminating evidence. Debbie and…
1.03: No Bris, No Shirt, No Service
Nov 28, 2017 • 50 min
Episode 4 of season 1 of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed. In this Episode: Things will never be the same for Ted again. Emmett’s prostitute raises questions of racism. We find out what trail-mix is all about. And Justin? Let’s hear it for the…
1.02: Queer, There and Everywhere
Nov 27, 2017 • 68 min
Episode 2 of season 1 of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed. In this Episode: Justin ups his stalking game with Brian after a creepy look around the locker room. Michael ventures out to a straight bar with his employees with surprising results.…
1.01: Premier
Nov 26, 2017 • 42 min
Episode 1 of season 1 of the US version of Queer as Folk is discussed. In this Episode: Brian and Michael cavort on the roof of a hospital after meeting Brian’s new son. Teenager Justin Taylor becomes Brian’s one night stand that never went away. Every…