Parents' Guide to

Queer as Folk

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Groundbreaking LGBTQ+ series has lots of heart, sex, drugs.

TV Showtime , Hulu , Netflix Drama 2000
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Is It Any Good?

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This entertaining, soapy drama was the first hour-long series in the United States that centered on the gay community. Queer as Folk's storylines about relationship woes, professional conflicts, family tensions, and internal struggles are contextualized within gay culture. The day-to-day pursuits of the characters reveal some of the many political and social obstacles the community faced at the time, many of which are still being grappled with today.

The series has its share of campy moments and sexual exploits, and the writing improves as the seasons go on. Viewers will note how it approaches many of its themes from a decidedly gay male point of view (a fact which led to Showtime's The L Word in 2004). Nonetheless, one can appreciate how Queer as Folk broke the boundaries of mainstream adult dramas, and the important place it has in American television history.

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