In 2000, Showtime stunned American viewers by launching one of the boldest and most extraordinary shows of this generation. Entitled ‘Queer as Folk’, the show was initially aimed at gay men and women. However, when the show premiered, it also proved to be a huge hit with straight women.
The series ran for five seasons and was also nominated for several awards. The show was groundbreaking for many reasons and it looks like Peacock is trying to give the LGBTQIA+ community the perfect gift this Pride Month by bringing back the classic show with a new twist. The streaming service is set to take viewers on an emotional journey with the reboot of ‘Queer as Folk’ set to premiere in June 2022. If you’re a fan of stories related to the LGBTQIA+ community, you should definitely watch ‘The L Word’, and ‘Schitt’s Creek’.
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‘Queer as Folk’ revolves around a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the wake of tragedy. How will they deal with the situation? The answer will be given when the program arrives at Peacock.
Here’s everything you need to know about the series.
When is ‘Queer as Folk’ released and where can you watch it?
The reboot version of the critically acclaimed British series will premiere exclusively on Peacock on Thursday, June 9. The NBC streaming service will release all episodes at 3:01 a.m. EST.
Peacock is currently available on Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices, including Android™, Android TV™ devices, and Chromecast.
What is ‘Queer as Folk’ about?
The official synopsis reads: “The show is a vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking British series created by Russell T Davies, exploring a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed after a tragedy.”
For creator Stephen Dunn, ‘Queer as Folk’ is much more than a television series. While speaking about the show, Dunn revealed how the original series played a big part in giving him confidence in his sexuality. He also said that ‘Queer as Folk’ was the first time he really “felt seen”.
Dunn said, “The show offered a new paradigm, one where we could embrace and celebrate queer love, families and communities on a global stage. It was truly iconic. I am honored that Russell T Davies, the creator of the original series, has entrusted me to carry on this legacy.”
It will be interesting to see what unique things will be featured this time, as the original 2000 series was the first show to feature a sex scene between two men.
Who stars in the Peacock series?
Devin Way will play the role of Brodie in the Peacock series, while Fin Argus will be seen playing the character of Mingus. On the other hand, Jesse James Keitel will play Ruthie.
Jesse James Keitel
The non-binary actress from New York began her journey as an actress playing minor roles in various television shows. Her first major acting role was in the Netflix movie ‘Alex Strangerlove,’ produced by Ben Stiller. The actor achieved a milestone when she was cast as Jerrie Kennedy on the ABC series ‘Big Sky’. It was the first time a non-binary actor had played a regular non-binary series on primetime television.
Other actors set to appear on the show include Candace Grace (Shar), Johnny Sibilly (Noah), Ryan O’Connell (Julian), Kim Cattrall (Brenda), Juliette Lewis (Judy) and Ed Begley Jr (Winston).
The series has been created and written by Stephen Dunn. Meanwhile, Jaclyn Moore also joins Dunn as a writer for the show.
Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, Russell T Davies, Nicola Shindler and Louise Pedersen are the show’s executive producers.
The trailer delves into the world of the city’s queer nightclubs and into the private lives of the characters played by the aforementioned actors. You can see the trailer below.