Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Common Sense Media says

Fun, feel-good makeover show for teens and up.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The five leads poke lots of fun at gay stereotypes. They help their subjects feel better and more confident about themselves and are always generous. Even though they usually belittle the subject's current style and decorating choices at the beginning of each episode, they make an effort to get to know each subject and tailor their suggestions to each one's tastes and means.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Plenty of teasing sexual innuendo and banter. Sometimes the guys go looking for sex toys and porn in their subject's drawers or pretend to hit on him -- but it's all in fun. Some episodes are more explicit in their discussion of sex (usually between married or longtime couples) and include visuals of things like sex toys. One episode featured a nudist, but the crucial bits were blurred out.

Language

Some mild swearing is bleeped out.

Consumerism

Rampant. Every product used in the makeover is named, and companies sponsor big giveaways (laptops, diamond rings) in exchange for plugs on the show. Famous names sometimes drop by the show in exchange for a little publicity, too.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The five have celebratory cocktails at the end of each episode, and often share social drinks with their subjects, too.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main characters in this makeover reality series are five gay men who, while witty, say and do things that might offend some audiences. There's also no shortage of celebratory drinking and subtle sexual references. As makeover shows go, this is one of the more positive, feel-good ones; the guys actually refer to what they do as a "make-better," and they're generous and engouraging as a rule.

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What's the story?

In Bravo's QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY, five gay men set out to make over (or, as they call it, "make better") the lives of unstylish, uncultured straight males. Carson Kressley is in charge of fashion, Thom Filicia dictates home décor, Kyan Douglas offers grooming tips, Jai Rodriguez teaches culture, and Ted Allen pitches in on food and wine. At the beginning of each episode, viewers are introduced to the hapless male in his (almost universally) untidy home as the Fab Five descend upon him and mercilessly tease him about his disheveled look and lack of sophistication. Then they begin their transformation, clearing out his mismatched furniture and replacing it with tasteful couches and chairs, outfitting him in tailored suits (or hip denim, depending on the subject's tastes), and teaching him how to cook a gourmet meal. In the end, his friends or -- most often his wife or girlfriend -- returns home to survey his new, improved look.

Is it any good?

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Queer Eye, as it is known to fans, is delightful. The five stars are engaging and funny, and their personalities shine each episode -- from Carson's calculated camp to Ted's matter-of-fact friendliness. They're generous and encouraging and eager to please, whether they're throwing a surprise wedding for a teary young couple or babysitting quintuplets so a harried mom and dad can have some time to themselves.

All in all, it's not surprising that viewers watch with a smile on their faces. But there's a reason the show is on at 10 pm: The Fab Five often act like fraternity brothers, egging each other on with sexual innuendos and silly hijinks. Still, Queer Eye is one of the more intelligent makeover shows on television.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Why are people judged on things like race and sexual orientation? Is it ever difficult to put prejudices aside when meeting someone for the first time? Why? How can people work to change that? On a more frivolous note, families can discuss the changes the Fab Five make in each subject's life. Do you agree with their suggestions and fixes? Which one would you most want to have come over to your house to work his magic?

TV details

Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byCooldee May 19, 2010
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Fashion for ages 14 and up.

I do not care about clothes or makeup, but I can see that the 5 men on this show help people feel better about themselves.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models

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