- Starring: Chris Potter, Sharon Gless, Michelle Clunie
Queer as Folk is an innovative, provocative, and groundbreaking series that has now ended after a five year run, the series chronicled the friendships, careers, loves, trials, tribulations, and ambitions of a diverse group of gay men and lesbians living in Pittsburgh, PA. Blending strong drama with necessary charm and humor, it rivals any other show presented on television.
Over the shows run it has managed to cover a wide range of issues including Aids, cancer, drug addictions and the trials of love.
- Genre(s): Drama, Health & Lifestyle
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Dec 3, 2000
- Episode Length: 45
- Air Time: 10:00 PM
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It is very well acted, it's got plot twists that rival the best soaps, and the writing improves with each episode (even though they crib some of its best lines directly from the British series)...I'm hooked. [1 Dec 2000, p.106]
There's a lot of good writing and acting here. [1 Dec 2000, p.C10]
Divorced from a believable social context, Queer too often plays like a voyeuristic tour of gay life that's only interested in the most outrageous sights. It doesn't have to provide an insight into every gay person, but it does have to paint a more believable portrait of these people, which means anchoring them in a real place and expanding their lives beyond sexual encounters. [1 Dec 2000, p.15E]
This is the bottom line: If you give this series three hours, you'll start caring about these characters, and that's no small accomplishment by the writers...But, during that time, the series more often feels like a network soap opera than it does a serious, groundbreaking drama. [2 Dec 2000, p.1E]
Queer as Folk tries hard to expand the portrayal of gays on television beyond stereotypes. Unfortunately, the shock factor is so high that few viewers whose minds might be opened seem likely to stick around for the learning experience. [3 Dec 2000, p.C2]
Showtime's "Folk" relies too much on sitcom-like one-liners and double-entendres -- and the sex -- to carry it, instead of its interesting characters and universal themes of relationship woes, acceptance, and the fear of loneliness. [3 Dec 2000, p.5C]
No Boy Scout leaders in this bathhouse of a crowd, just relentless cruising and graphically simulated sex, at the expense of character depth, in an assembly line of orgasms ultimately as tedious as it would be if the humpers and thumpers were straight instead of gay.