Queer as Folk (2022)
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Queer as Folk (2022)
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the 2022 reboot of Queer as Folk features all the mature and edgy content the original U.S. adaptation of the series is known for, including simulated sexual acts, nudity (bare buttocks), drinking, cigarette smoking, and drug use. Themes like parenthood, reconnecting with family, and complicated romantic relationships are also addressed. The series once again offers an entertaining story world that highlights the diverse people and cultures of the LGBTQ+ community. Viewers should note that it also contains scenes associated with a deadly shooting, and may be intense or triggering for some.
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What's the Story?
QUEER AS FOLK (2022), a reboot of Russell T. Davies' original 1999 British series and its stateside adaptation, features a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are irrevocably changed after a shooting. Brodie Beaumont (Devin Way) has dropped out of medical school and returned to the Big Easy, and wonders if they can reconnect with his parents (played by Kim Cattrall and Ed Begley, Jr.), his brother Julian (Ryan O'Connell), and their old flame Noah (Johnny Sibilly), who happens to be dating their best friend Daddius (Chris Renfro). Meanwhile, Marcus (Fin Argus) is an aspiring drag queen who lives with his supportive mom (Juliette Lewis) and trying to get through high school, and their high school teacher Ruthie O'Neil (Jesse James Keitel) is expecting twins with their partner Shar (played by CG), thanks to Brodie's sperm donation. They often run into Marvin (Eric Graise), a regular at Babylon, a popular local club where Bussey (Armand Fields) is the reigning drag queen. Relationships are knotty and complicated, but when tragedy strikes, the characters find themselves trying to make sense of what happened, and connect with each other in different ways.
Is It Any Good?
This vibrant third iteration of Russell T. Davies' story world offers a contemporary version of the original groundbreaking U.K. and U.S. shows by featuring a diverse LGBTQ+ community situated in the lively city of New Orleans. Some of the narratives may remind viewers of episodes from the stateside version of the series, but this reboot is quick to pull in storylines inspired by real-life events that have impacted the LGBTQ+ community since 2005. It's also full of the edgy humor, soap opera-ish drama, and heartfelt moments the American series is known for, while reminding us of how wonderfully diverse the LGBTQ+ community continues to be.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. Why is it important to acknowledge the different ways people in this community identify themselves?
How did the original versions of Queer as Folk revolutionize television? Have media representations of the LGBTQ+ community changed since these shows originally aired? Are they less stereotypical?
- Premiere date: June 9, 2022
- Cast: Devin Way, Jesse James Keitel, Fin Argus
- Network: Peacock
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Friendship
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: June 24, 2022
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