Queer as folk

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    Apr 22, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    I just began watching the U.S. version of Queer as folk for the first time ever. I'm half way through season one and I can't get enough of it. Any thoughts about this show?
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    Apr 22, 2014 6:55 PM GMT
    Here you go:

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  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 22, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    I loved it. Have fun.
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    Apr 22, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidHere you go:http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/914745


    Why would you try and bump a 4 year old thread?



    I love Queer as Folk. I used to watch it when it came out on LOGO and recently discovered that they uploaded all the seasons and episodes on Netflix. icon_biggrin.gif

    I binge watched them in like a month. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    I know a lot of guys don't like the show because of the certain stereotypes it portrays but I think it does a good job of giving different perspectives. There's tons of different character-types. We can all relate to someone on the show (plus or minus a few things).
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 22, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
    I really enjoyed it, especially season 1 as I was coming out myself at the time and it seemed so right to watch it.

    It got a little irritating as the seasons progressed. I didn't think there was enough character development and some of the storylines seemed kind of botched. I wasn't able to see much after season 3, I will sometime for sure, but tried to keep up with information in the media.
    The end of Season 1 still carries so much weight with me with the prom and the attack on Justin. Great music. I still watch reruns of that every so often.
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    Apr 22, 2014 7:20 PM GMT
    I heard many great things about the show. Unfortunately it didn't appeal to me.
  • RunnerMD

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    Apr 22, 2014 7:35 PM GMT
    I thought the first two seasons were great. I was less impressed with each successive season after that. By the end I was watching it so that it would show higher viewership in the Showtime demographics.
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Apr 22, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    I thought it was great! I love when you take complex characters and slowly break them down over time. While a lot of the characters are stereotypical, they all showed growth throughout all season! While the first 2 seasons were the best, I really did enjoy how it all ended.

    It's definitely worth the time and effort to watch!
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    Apr 22, 2014 8:51 PM GMT
    Sanitized prettified version of the UK original, which was better and edgier. Some major differences:

    1) The lesbian couple looked like lesbians, not thin attractive actresses. Way uglier, fatter and meaner. (Same with "Justin's" mixed race hag.)

    2) The "Justin" character wasn't twinky - he was played with no gay affectation whatsoever by gorgeous teen straight male model Charlie Hunnam, which oddly made the sex scenes that much racier and titillating. (The American "Justin" looked ready to be mounted from the get-go.) Hunnam only grew more attractive through the years, particularly recently on TV's "Sons of Anarchy" as the only hot cast member, which wasn't hard since that "biker" show had TV's ugliest cast.

    3) The UK actor who played the "Brian Kinney" character played it as a bad boy but with a twinkle in his eye, unlike the flat, humorless American interpretation. In fact, that performance was the main reason to watch.

    4) The "Michael" character's mom was working class and foulmouthed but as far from the hardworking, maternal and saintly Sharon Gless as you can imagine, played instead as younger, sluttier and more shrewish who frequented gay bars and drag shows. I'll never forget her retort to her son when he's embarrassed by her presence with his uncle at his bar - "What, you think all this is just for you?"
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    Apr 22, 2014 8:54 PM GMT
    Several threads on this already but yeah I like it. The blond actor Justin is sexy as hell. It had a sad ending. icon_sad.gif
  • somedaytoo

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    Apr 22, 2014 9:17 PM GMT
    I've just started watching this series again for the 2nd time. It was just what we needed back when it aired, and still enjoyable now.

    I watched the UK version too, but prefer the American one.
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    Apr 22, 2014 9:35 PM GMT
    fortyandfit saidI just began watching the U.S. version of Queer as folk for the first time ever. I'm half way through season one and I can't get enough of it. Any thoughts about this show?


    Loved watching it!
    awesome show for sure
  • GraphicGuy

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    Apr 22, 2014 10:16 PM GMT
    The "US" version is filmed in Canada.
    Pittsburgh is really Toronto.
    Dance Club Babylon is Fly (later just a stage set)
    But Woodys Bar is really Woodys
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    Apr 22, 2014 10:18 PM GMT
    I liked it. Not without its flaws, but still worth seeing.
  • CSPYNY

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    Apr 22, 2014 10:46 PM GMT
    I think the show, as a whole was good. Definitely better in the beginning. The first few episodes really get you hooked.

    It was a bit risque, though. Some of it was basically soft porn!

    I remember buying it my first semester in college and secretly watching it when my roommate was gone.
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    Apr 22, 2014 10:50 PM GMT
    could not watch more than 5 episodes. It was too cliche.

    the sex scenes were interesting tho.
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    Apr 22, 2014 10:54 PM GMT
    actually my roomate was the one who would always watch this show. he's the one that made me watch it.

    and i think he did it to get me horny. we would watch it together & we ended up having sex in his bed.

    while watching queer...
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    Apr 22, 2014 11:01 PM GMT
    Its a great show. It the first gay themed shows I watched.
  • CSPYNY

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    Apr 22, 2014 11:14 PM GMT
    patito saidactually my roomate was the one who would always watch this show. he's the one that made me watch it.

    and i think he did it to get me horny. we would watch it together & we ended up having sex in his bed.

    while watching queer...


    That sounds fun!

    I had a straight roommate. He didn't shower. Ever.
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:22 AM GMT
    IMHO, the original British version was much better - more real, harder edged, and sexier.
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    Apr 23, 2014 6:37 AM GMT
    ACRO_Slim said
    Erik101 saidHere you go:http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/914745


    Why would you try and bump a 4 year old thread?



    Because there's no difference in bumping an old thread versus starting a new one especially when the subject matter remains the same! And by the way, the 1st season of the show was awesome. It went downhill after that!
  • samoscratch

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    Apr 23, 2014 6:49 AM GMT
    UK Version was pretty decent.
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    Apr 23, 2014 7:05 AM GMT
    My ex and I watched the entire series (American version) on DVD, over the course of however many weeks/months it took. As has been expressed upthread, it became increasingly ridiculous and over the top as the seasons progressed, but we enjoyed it for what it was. We particularly liked the Hal Sparks and Sharon Gless characters, and "Ted."
  • Scalese89

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    Apr 23, 2014 11:50 AM GMT
    I'm towards the end season three at the minute and I love it. Each character brings something very different to the show and there's always something occurring that I can relate to. Obviously, there are issues about representation and accuracy but I enjoy it for exactly what it is. It has wonderful moments of comedy, drama, suspense and romance that will keep you captivated. I'm going to move on to the new series 'Looking' once I've finished Queer as Folk.