In case you’ve been living under a rock, Netflix has brought us what might seriously be the most endearing reality show of the generation.
Queer Eye follows five self-identifying gay men known as the “Fab Five” through the state of Georgia as they give makeovers to primarily heterosexual, working-class men across the state. Each Fab Five member specializes in their own makeover category – fashion, personal grooming, culture, interior design and cuisine. Instead of your standard wardrobe makeover, guests get the whole shebang, and their transformations and gratitude is incredibly humbling.
The show was actually first launched in 2003 under the title Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and served five seasons on network Bravo before it’s final air in 2006. The early version of the show followed nearly the same format as the revived 2018 version, and even won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Reality Program. The title was shortened before its third season to include makeovers for all individuals, regardless of their identification or sexual orientation. In 2017, Netflix announced that it would be reviving the series, thus bringing us the acclaimed reality show everyone needed.
The new season is composed of eight episodes, each holding the capability to bring viewers to the brink of tears. Unlike much of the reality television seen on screens today, Queer Eye focuses on the growth and positive change of each guest chosen to receive the makeover. Rather than centring on the negative impact the guests’ lifestyles and decisions were having on them pre-makeover, the show instead highlights the beneficial changes throughout the makeover process as guests learn to better themselves and embrace their own personalities. A 57 year old being absolutely ecstatic at finally feeling confident enough to try and impress his love interest? It’s seriously tear-jerking, y’all, and way less creepy than that sounded. There’s no way to explain the full effect it has on your emotions through a dang article.
With the show starring five gay men and taking place in a conservative state such as Georgia, it’s certain that potential conflicts may arise. However, despite situations as such just grazing a total debate (ahem, episode 3), the show demonstrates that it’s not as hard to put differences aside as today’s media may be portraying. Both the Fab Five cast and guests choose to overlook stereotypes and prejudices, instead engaging in conversations about the others’ opinions and beliefs, focusing on the individual rather than identity. The show outlines what communication and a simple conversation can do to change stigma.
Despite living in a time of political turmoil and such strong belief systems, Queer Eye is a perfect example of everything good we need to see more of in today’s society. Not only does it teach viewers about the importance of self-care, but it shows that todays world doesn’t need to be experiencing hate to the extent that it is. Seriously, dudes. Queer Eye is the most heart-warming show to hit screens in a long while. Anyone of any age, sex, race, gender, ideology, religion, orientation, belief, etc., can gain something from it, so what are you waiting for? Grab your popcorn and start the binge-watching.