Queer as Folk DVD / Merchandise
Queer as Folk is a television series that is an American and Canadian co-production. The show debuted on the 3rd of December, 2000, and ran for as long as five seasons with eighty-three episodes in total. Its final episode aired on the 7th of August, 2005. There are 22 episodes in season one; 20 in season two; 14 in season three and 4; and 13 in season five. Queer as Folk aired on Showtime and Showcase. The television series is headlined by the following cast members: Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Hal Sparks, Peter Paige, Scott Lowell, Thea Gill, Michelle Clunie, Robert Gant, Sharon Gless, and Jack Wetherall, with recurring cast members like Chris Potter, Harris Allan, Sherry Miller, Peter MacNeill, Stephanie Moore, and Dean Armstrong etc.
Queer as Folk is basically a remake of the UK television series of the same name. The premise of the show is the humor and genuine emotions that emerge from the lives, loves, ambitions, careers, and friendships revolving around a group of queer men and women living on Liberty Avenue in contemporary Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As observed from the main cast, there are five gay men and two lesbians, who are also a couple. The show follows the ups and downs of the lives of Brian Kinney (Harold), a promiscuous sex fiend, Justin Taylor (Harrison), a new-to-the-scene gay who was in love with Brian, Michael Novotny (Sparks), a gay man who is best friends with and also secretly attracted to Brian, Emmett Honeycutt (Paige), the flamboyant and witty individual of the group, Ted Schmidt (Lowell), a shy accountant, Lindsay Peterson (Gill), a gay art teacher who was also the mother of Brian’s son, and Melanie Marcus (Clunie), Lindsay’s lawyer girlfriend.
The show is noted for giving the audience an unrepentant look at the modern and urban queer lives, while addressing critical health and political issues in the United States alongside. Much like How I Met Your Mother and Friends, only much gayer. Due to its unreserved portrayal of queer life and its unreserved love scenes, Queer as Folk became a much more popular hit than its British counterpart, having run more seasons than the UK version did.
Development and Production
Queer as Folk is produced by Cowlip Productions, Tony Jonas Productions, Temple Street Productions, and Showtime Networks, in association with Crowe Entertainment. It was developed and written by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who also served as the show runners and executive producers along with Tony Jonas.
Despite the fact that the show is based in Pennsylvania, US, they actually filmed the show in Toronto, Canada. This is due to the lower cost of production, and the established mature television and film industry. Not a single scene of the series was actually shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at all.
International and Online Release
The series was released in the United States, Norway, the United Kingdom, Romania, Poland, and Israel.
Queer as Folk was rated 8.3 out of 10 on iMDb, 63% on Metacritic, and 8.6 out of 10 on TV.com. The show received mixed reviews, but a huge fan following, despite the criticism.
“Loaded with drugs, hair gel, and tons of promiscuous sex, it was everything network shows about LGBT people weren’t.” – Angela Watercutter, WIRED
“Queer as Folk is well acted, swiftly paced, and lavishly produced.” – Arthur Lazere, CultureVulture
“It doesn’t get any gayer than this.” – Ramin Zahed, Variety
“Queer as Folk proves that we need censorship. […] Any nation which allows this without any voices raised in dissent is lacking in both wisdom and self-respect.” – Lynda Lee Potter, Daily Mail
“Call me old-fashioned but I think sex is best carried out in private between two consulting adults of the opposite sex.” – Tony Purnell, The Mirror
The show wasn’t necessarily canceled. It was more towards ended, given that the show runners thought that the show had run its course after five seasons.
Years after the ending of the series, the loyal fans of Queer as Folk to run a reunion campaign for a Queer as Folk reunion, possibly on Netflix. It originally started as a letter writing campaign, which failed. However, they did not relent and went ahead for something more creative, launching a website, a Tumblr blog, and a Twitter profile.
The fans had conversations with professionals in the television and film industries, editing reunion petition videos, and they are still coming up with more creative ways to grab networks’ attention to help them fulfill their cause. They are urging fans to sign the petition available on the website, follow the Showtime Network on Twitter and tag them in posts about Queer as Folk, follow the Queer as Folk Facebook page and do the same, and rate and comment on the show on iMDb.