Still Queer as Folk

Still Queer as Folk
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 15 years later. At the end of each episode we ask the question of whether the episode’s content still holds up today.

4.07 Preponderance of Death
Jun 5 • 49 min
Brian finds out that cancer or not, he is facing a testicle-ectomy in order to stay alive. The prognosis is good, but life with one ball seems to weigh on Brian the most. As he gets closer to his surgical date, Brian begins to eschew sex with Justin, and…
4.06 Death in the Family
May 21 • 57 min
Debbie and Uncle Vic argue over Vic moving on in his life, and Debbie still carrying resentment over her role in keeping Vic alive. Brian and Justin place their bets on who can nail the hunky new doctor in town, only to be interrupted by comedy and…
4.05 How Far You Can Go
May 7 • 46 min
Cody’s crusade against straight people takes a sinister turn when he teaches Justin how to fire a gun and then digs up an unsavory character from Justin’s past. Melanie is removed from the legal team and with Brian’s help faces the uncomfortable reality…
4.04 Escalating Violence
Apr 24 • 45 min
Justin & Cody escalate their crusade against straight people and casual, verbal gay bashing, this time with the help of a gun. In one of three story runners, Emmett is having lots of outdoor sex until a monsoon overtakes Pittsburgh leading him to escort a…
4.03 Starting a Whole New Life
Apr 10 • 39 min
Fresh out of rehab, Ted faces multiple tests; health and employment. Brian enlists Jennifer to find appropriate office space for Kinnetik, and winds up with an abandoned bathhouse. Vic and Rodney look for their own place leaving Debbie on her own.
4.02 Stand Up For Ourselves
Mar 27 • 46 min
Brian struggles to get his agency off the ground while Justin joins a vigilante group. Ted bounces in and out of rehab with Blake’s help. Emmett and Michael attend a Radical Faerie event in an attempt to reignite Emmet’s queerness.
4.01 Just a Little Help
Mar 13 • 44 min
Season 4 picks up a week after the season 3 finale and fines Michael and Hunter on the run, Brian still broke from his Stockwell fight, and Ted is in and out of rehab, leaving Emmett nowhere to turn to.
3.XX Season 3 Recap
Jan 9 • 39 min
Patrick and Matt recap season 3, discuss their favorite and least favorite story arcs, play Queer as Folk trivia, and tell you what you need to know about Bravo’s Queer as Folk reboot!
3.14 The Election
Dec 26, 2018 • 53 min
Season 3 closes with Stockwell losing the election and Brian losing his life savings. Hunter’s mother shows up forcing Michael to risk it all. Ted’s addiction comes to a shocking conclusion which drives him into rehab where a familiar face awaits him.
3.13 Tweaked Out Effed Up Crystal Queen
Dec 19, 2018 • 50 min
Brian continues his dangerous pursuit of the murderous cop, putting himself, Justin and Hunter into harms way. Ted drags Emmett deeper and deeper into his crystal meth nightmare. Hunter starts cleaning up his act and Justin stands up for himself at school
3.12 Drugs Sex Lies
Dec 12, 2018 • 49 min
Brian tracks a murderer putting Hunter and Justin in harm’s way. Ted surfaces after a three day crystal binge causing Emmett to question his own loyalties. Hunter gets more and more comfortable in Michael and Ben’s home.
3.11 Poster May Lead to the Truth
Dec 5, 2018 • 58 min
Brian and Justin are caught in the act, literally, by Stockwell. Gardner has no choice but to fire Brian, leaving Debbie to pick up the pieces. Ben continues his quest to help Hunter adjust to his new reality. Ted heads deeper into his downward spiral.
3.10 Uncle Ben
Nov 28, 2018 • 46 min
Justin continues his insurgency propaganda campaign against Stockwell, as Brian becomes suspicious of him. Ben gets some unsettling news about the hustler he has befriended. Ted’s descent continues after a weekend long binge. Melanie’s pregnancy doesn’t…
3.09 Big Effing Mouth
Nov 21, 2018 • 50 min
Brian doubles down on backing his client, Chief Stockwell, much to the ire of Debbie and the community. Ted inches closer and closer to rock-bottom after serving A-Gay Garth Racine at a cocktail party. Melanie is learning the limits of her pregnancy.
3.08 Hunt(er) For Love
Nov 14, 2018 • 50 min
Justin wiggles his way back into Brian’s work and personal life with unsurprising results. Michael and Ben deal with a gang of hustlers that have set up shop outside their apartment. Emmett saves the day after Lindsay fires the gallery party planner.
3.07 Stop Hurting Us
Nov 7, 2018 • 47 min
Ethan continues lying to Justin until proof arrives at the doorstep causing catastrophic results for their relationship. Brian drifts further into dangerous territory with Stockwell, who has his sights set on putting Ted in prison. Michael confronts Ben.
3.06 One Ring to Rule Them All
Oct 31, 2018 • 51 min
Ethan plays it straight to play a concert leading Justin to secretly follow him, only to find him indulging himself with a fan. Ted and Emmett meet the neighbors just as Ted is arrested. Ben continues his roid-raging. Brian sells himself to the dark side.
3.05 There’s Nothing Noble About Being Poor
Oct 24, 2018 • 49 min
Ethan has to play it straight to get ahead and Brian interferes, much to Justin’s dismay. While dealing with Ben’s increasingly erratic behavior, Michael must make a deposit for Mel and Lindsay. Ted and Emmett go house hunting with conflicting ideas.
3.04 Brat Sitting
Oct 17, 2018 • 43 min
Brian ends up in custody after brat-sitting his nephew, only to find that Justin is working behind the scenes to prove his innocence. Melanie and Lindsay write up a contract for a load from Michael who is understandably put off. Ted and Emmett experiment…
3.03 Doctors of Dickology
Oct 10, 2018 • 59 min
Brian grudgingly produces Carnivale for the gay and lesbian center. Justin and Ethan share a romantic evening followed by a not so romantic snob party. Debbie and Carl get closer while Ben and Michael discuss cohabitation.
3.02 House Full of Children
Oct 3, 2018 • 49 min
Brian replaces Justin with an assortment of tricks and continues to pay his tuition. Michael and Justin fight over the future of Rage while Ted and Emmett have their first fight as lovers. Melanie and Lindsay can’t agree about having a second child.
3.01 Mad Dog Kinney
Sep 26, 2018 • 56 min
Justin starts to get comfortable with life after Brian, despite Michael’s attempts to push him away from everyone. Brian sets Michael straight with explosive results. Ted plans an over the top first-time for Emmett with unexpected results. Is it time for…
2.XX Season 2 Recap
Sep 19, 2018 • 55 min
Patrick and Matt discuss Season 2. Favorite characters, least favorite arcs, and a little bit of retroactive continuity in the shape of Ben Bruckner not disclosing his HIV status before hooking up with Brian at the White Party.
2.20 Out With a Whimper
Sep 5, 2018 • 57 min
Season 2 comes to a close with Justin having to choose between Brian and Ethan, just as the Rage release party takes off, leaving Michael caught in the middle. Ben considers going to Tibet for six months and Ted professes his love for Emmett.
2.19 Bowling for Equality
Aug 29, 2018 • 58 min
Justin’s relationship with Ethan deepens while his relationship with Brian unravels thanks to Michael’s meddling. Ted realizes that his feelings for Emmett run deeper than friendship, and Debbie organizes the Liberty Balls in the Cops vs Queers bowling…
2.18 Sick Sick Sick
Aug 22, 2018 • 57 min
Ben is hospitalized after suffering a severe reaction to his HIV meds leaving Michael to step up as his protector. Justin and Ethan get romantic while Brian is oblivious to their budding relationship. Emmett tangles with the Shickel family lawyers.
2.17 You Can Leda Girl
Aug 15, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…