• Network: SHOWTIME
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 3, 2000
Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 7, 2014
    60
    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]
  2. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 7, 2014
    60
    There are limits in good drama, and there's not enough restraint in Queer as Folk...The series' bigger problem, though, is the three main characters fall short of dynamic. The British original of Queer as Folk featured three riveting actors...The American version, which is set in Pittsburgh, offers three handsome actors of lesser skill and versatility. [3 Dec 2000, p.F5]
  3. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Tim Engle
    Feb 7, 2014
    50
    Queer as Folk obviously has a healthy libido. It'd sure be nice to discover it has a heart, too. [2 Dec 2000, p.E5]
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Allan Johnson
    Feb 7, 2014
    50
    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]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 27, 2013
    42
    In contrast, the British original, while just as explicit, is also funny and warm, with a Trainspotting zip. You'll be happier renting videotapes of that.
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Feb 7, 2014
    40
    If Queer as Folk worked better as drama, its characters would be more fully defined and would speak to both straight and gay viewers more easily. The series is not harmed by its gay perspective but by its limited aesthetic reach.
  7. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Feb 7, 2014
    40
    It will leave viewers alternately amazed at being allowed into the private universe of uncommitted male sex and disappointed from a dramatic standpoint. Handsome flesh and cinematography, but is that all there is? [3 Dec 2000, p.I-01]
  8. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Chuck Barney
    Feb 7, 2014
    40
    In desperately straining to be so uncommonly edgy, so explicit and so provocative in its sexual candor, the show all but tramples its dramatic structure in the process. [3 Dec 2000, p.C05]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. May 12, 2015
    9
    There is a magic about this show that makes it hard to beat, especially in the LGBT category. Superior writing and acting, Gale Harold is aThere is a magic about this show that makes it hard to beat, especially in the LGBT category. Superior writing and acting, Gale Harold is a star, etc, etc. Just watch it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 12, 2015
    9
    SO GOOD. The best LBGT television show of all time... This season grabs you right from the start and makes you fall in love with all theSO GOOD. The best LBGT television show of all time... This season grabs you right from the start and makes you fall in love with all the characters and feel for every single thing that happens to them. It has it's cheesy moments and some of the little story arcs are a bit too quick and kinda stale, but man is it near perfection. The finale is jaw-dropping. I can't wait to start season 2. Full Review »
  3. Ed_
    Dec 7, 2014
    10
    Best LGBT TV show ever.

    Great actors and their characters are amusing. You won't be bored, there's always something to resolve, just like
    Best LGBT TV show ever.

    Great actors and their characters are amusing. You won't be bored, there's always something to resolve, just like in real life. There's everything in this show you want to get: emotions, fun, sex, question of self-confidence and social problems.

    I can only praise the directors and actors. Good job! I would have watched even more seasons. For me, obviously 5 season weren't enough.
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