Queer Eye (2018 TV series)
|Created by||David Collins|
|Opening theme||"All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)"|
|Ending theme||"All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||25 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43–51 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||February 7, 2018 –|
|Related shows||Queer Eye (2003–07)|
Queer Eye is an American Netflix original series, initially released on February 7, 2018. It is a reboot of the Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, featuring a new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, food and wine expert; Tan France, fashion expert; Karamo Brown, culture expert; Bobby Berk, design expert; and Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert. In July 2018, the series was renewed for a third season, which was released on March 15, 2019.
Makeover ("make better") experts known collectively as the Fab Five:
- Antoni Porowski – food and wine expert
- Tan France – fashion expert
- Karamo Brown – culture and lifestyle expert
- Bobby Berk – design expert
- Jonathan Van Ness – grooming expert
Creator credit is given to David Collins. In contrast to the original series which was filmed in the New York area, seasons one and two of the reboot were filmed in Atlanta and neighboring Georgia towns. After Netflix announced that the series had been renewed for a third season, local media outlets reported that the show was casting in Kansas City, Missouri. Filming began in Kansas City on June 16, 2018, with the third season set to premiere on March 15, 2019.
David Collins has said that he is interested in filming a season of Queer Eye in the Midwest, and that he would like to bring the Fab Five to his hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio: "I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio, born and raised. I would like to go the tristate region, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, because you can base in Cincinnati and go across the bridge to Kentucky and go up the interstate to Indiana. The corn-fed midwestern folk are where I'm from — and I love actually being from Ohio, it's a great place to be from."
All eight episodes of the first series were released on Netflix on February 7, 2018. Netflix's provided maturity rating is TV-14.
The series was renewed for a second season that aired on June 15, 2018. Speaking to Variety, interior design expert Bobby Berk stated that season 2 was filmed at the tail end of season one. The season features a new theme song by Betty Who. The season includes an episode focused on a man named Skyler who is transgender. Other makeover heroes include a Walmart employee, a young musician, a mayor, a woman, and a man trying to graduate college.
On June 6, 2018 it was reported that an episode was being filmed in the town of Yass, New South Wales in Australia. Yass was reportedly chosen due to the fact that "its name matches one of the boys' favourite sayings: yaass". On June 21, 2018, the 20-minute Yass episode was released online.
|1||8||February 7, 2018|
|2||8||June 15, 2018|
|Special||June 21, 2018|
|3||8||March 15, 2019|
Season 1 (2018)
|Title||Hero||Filming location||Original release date|
|1||1||"You Can't Fix Ugly"||Tom||Dallas, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|Tom is a divorced 57-year-old nominated by his daughter. The team helps him prepare for a date at a car show at the end of the week. Tom has lupus, and needs special help with skin care and color choices. Bobby creates an outdoor entertainment area in the back yard. The date is successful and Tom is ready to carry forward with the changes he's implemented during the visit.|
|2||2||"Saving Sasquatch"||Neal||Atlanta, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|Neal is a 36-year-old programmer who is hosting an app release party at the end of the week. A loner, he has erected physical and emotional barriers that prevent people from getting too close. The house is covered in dog hair and gets a serious cleaning along with new furniture. Jonathan modernizes Neal's hair and beard, and Tan brings his wardrobe up to date to better suit his career. By the end of the week Neal feels more confident, is ready to socialize more, and is prepared to continue with the improvements he has learned.|
|3||3||"Dega Don't"||Cory||Winder, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|The nominee is Cory, a 36-year-old former Marine and NASCAR fan. At the start of the episode, the Fab Five are pulled over by the police. Karamo, who is driving, is particularly alarmed because of the recent violent incidents and shootings across the United States involving black people and the police. Later Karamo and Cory have a discussion about this topic and the need to build trust between good cops and civilians. Cory says at the end of the episode that that conversation was the highlight of the week for him. Bobby modifies the spaces on the main floor of Cory's house so Cory will feel more comfortable in his own home. Antoni provides nutritional advice and teaches Cory how to make an avocado-grapefruit appetizer. The family goes together to the musical Finding Neverland at the conclusion of the show.|
|4||4||"To Gay or Not Too Gay"||AJ||Atlanta, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|AJ is a 32-year-old gay civil engineer who plans to come out to his stepmother at the end of the week. He regrets having never come out to his father before he died. Karamo helps him work through his emotions regarding this topic. Antoni and AJ visit his stepmother to learn how to make tamales and to invite her to the party AJ plans on hosting. Bobby cleans and reorganizes AJ's apartment to convert it from a mancave to a functional living space. Jonathan teaches him how to edge his beard and hair. Tan helps him choose clothes with various looks, from conservative to casual to sexual. At the party at the end of the week, AJ reads his stepmother a letter he's written to his father where he explains that he's gay, and how he regrets never coming out to him. His stepmother says she will always be there for him and accepts him the way he is.|
|5||5||"Camp Rules"||Bobby||Marietta, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|Bobby is a 48-year-old father of 6 children. He holds down two jobs to support his family and has a very chaotic home life. He and his wife had a disaster wedding with no photos and no first dance. His wife nominated him for a makeover to thank him for all he does for the family. The house is extremely cluttered. Antoni struggles to organize the kitchen while Jonathan and Tan convince Bobby to make self-care more of a priority. Fab 5 Bobby talks about how the house needs to be better organized and the children need to help with chores. He starts a vegetable garden with the intention that the children will help look after it, and also creates a job board. At a potluck at the end of the week, Bobby and his wife finally get a replacement for the wedding reception that went awry the first time around.|
|6||6||"The Renaissance of Remington"||Remington||Atlanta, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|Remy is a 27 year old who lives in his grandmothers' house, which hasn't been renovated since the 70s. He often wears gym clothes and has limited cooking skills. Remy wants to learn to be more cultured, and learn how to cook for his family.|
|7||7||"Below Average Joe"||Joe||Norcross, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|Joe is a 33 year old comedian who still lives at home, and was nominated by his parents. He has recently lost a substantial amount of weight, but lacks confidence. The Fab 5 help Joe learn how to dress for his new body and present himself confidently, and move in to his parent's basement so he has a more adult space.|
|8||8||"Hose Before Bros"||Jeremy||Covington, Georgia||February 7, 2018|
|Jeremy, a fireman, loves to help people and trains other firefighters. He's a prankster, but takes his job very seriously. He's married to Bonnie, and has five adopted children who are all biological siblings. The Fab 5 make over the firehouse and prepare for a fundraiser there at the end of the week.|
Season 2 (2018)
|Title||Hero||Filming location||Original release date|
|9||1||"God Bless Gay"||Tammye||Gay, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|Tammye is the first woman the Fab 5 have made over. She is a married teacher who is heavily involved in the church and her community. She was also diagnosed with cancer, along with two other family members, and the Fab 5 help Tammye prepare for the community's Homecoming event at the end of the week.|
|10||2||"A Decent Proposal"||William||Dahlonega, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|41 year old William works at Walmart and lives with his girlfriend of three years, Shannan. He is socially anxious, and lives in a house surrounded by furniture Shannan bought with her ex-husband. He is a vegetarian, loves sci-fi films, and is terrified of heartbreak. He wants the Fab 5's help to propose to Shannan.|
|11||3||"Unleash the Sexy Beast"||Leo||Decatur, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|Leo, a bartender and married father of two, was nominated by his wife Bethany because he is a 'ginormous slob'. He's attending a parent-teacher mixer at the end of the week, and wants the Fab 5's help to make a good impression and form some relationships with other parents.|
|12||4||"The Handyman Can"||Jason||Atlanta, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|Jason, a single handyman, wants to improve his life and move to Reno. The Fab 5 swoop in to take help him throw a party for his close circle of friends.|
|13||5||"Sky's the Limit"||Skyler||Athens, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|Skyler, a trans man, has just recovered from his top surgery and needs to have his legal identity reflect his true gender. The Fab 5 help him redesign his apartment and throw a celebration at his favorite bar.|
|14||6||"Big Little Lies"||Arian||Duluth, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|After running into problems with his university degree, Ari has slipped into a funk. His best friend from middle school nominates him so that the Fab 5 help him get off the couch and come clean to his family about his degree.|
|15||7||"Bedazzled"||Sean||Maysville, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|Teenage pianist Sean gets nominated by his godmother Lulu. The Fab 5 descend on his small town to give him a modern makeover and help him move out for college.|
|16||8||"Make Ted Great Again"||Ted||Clarkston, Georgia||June 15, 2018|
|The unconventional mayor of "the Ellis Island of the South" is nominated by his girlfriend. The Fab 5 help him reorder his life so he can better perform his mayoral duties and socialize with international dignitaries.|
|Title||Hero||Filming location||Original release date|
|17||"Yass, Australia!"||George||Yass, New South Wales||June 21, 2018|
|The Fab Five visits the town of Yass, New South Wales, to make over George, a farmer in his 50s. Karamo offers advice on creating a better work-life balance so George will have more time for friends and family. Jonathan and Tan work on improving his self care and wardrobe. Bobby remodels the local bistro and Antoni creates some new menu items using local ingredients.|
Season 3 (2019)
|Title||Hero||Filming location||Original release date|
|18||1||"From Hunter to Huntee"||Jody||Amazonia, Missouri||March 15, 2019|
|19||2||"Lost Boy"||Joey||La Cygne, Kansas||March 15, 2019|
|20||3||"Jones Bar-B-Q"||Debrorah aka "Little" & Mary aka "Shorty"||Kansas City, Missouri||March 15, 2019|
|The Fab 5 help the owners of Jones Barb-B-Q, Deborah (Little) and Mary (Shorty), to improve both their self confidence and their business after Izora, Deborah's daughter, nominated them. Antoni and Karamo help the sisters to get their special BBQ sauce ready for manufacturing and sale. The pair also get help with their outfits, and Deborah goes to the dentist to get her gold tooth removed which vastly helps to improve her self confidence. At the end of the week, the sisters' BBQ shop has been completely redesigned to make it more accessible for them and ready for business.|
|21||4||"When Robert Met Jamie"||Robert||Kansas City, Missouri||March 15, 2019|
|22||5||"Black Girl Magic"||Jess||Lawrence, Kansas||March 15, 2019|
|23||6||"Elrod & Sons"||Rob||Olathe, Kansas||March 15, 2019|
|24||7||"Sloth to Slay"||Thomas||Kansas City, Missouri||March 15, 2019|
|Thomas is an asocial twenty one year old, living with his sister in Missouri, who spends most of his time behind a screen meaning that the majority of his friends are made through video gaming. The Fab 5 surprise him on his birthday whilst he is getting the bus to work and proceed to transform both him and his life, agreeing to transform him from a sloth (a nickname he earned in high school) to someone who 'slays'. Thomas is encouraged to knock down both literal and metaphorical walls and the Fab 5 get him to connect with a local anime group. At the end of their time together Thomas has a birthday party to let everyone see his new look and style, especially his sister Krissy.|
|25||8||"Baby on Board"||Tony||Lee's Summit, Missouri||March 15, 2019|
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 97% based on 32 reviews, and an average rating of 8.23/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Queer Eye adapts for a different era without losing its style, charm, or sense of fun, proving that the show's formula remains just as sweetly addictive even after a change in location and a new group of hosts." On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The second season has a 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 8.36/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Earnest and endearing, Queer Eye's tear-inducing reality wiles continue to challenge social norms – and, in its best moments, the Fab Five themselves." On Metacritic, it has a score of 79 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Structured Reality Program||David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric, Jennifer Lane, Adam Sher, David George, David Eilenberg and Jordana Hochman, executive producers; Mark Bracero and Rachelle Mendez, co-executive producers||Won|||
|Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program||Ally Grant, Casting by; Beyhan Oguz, Director of Casting and Talent; Gretchen Palek, SVP of Casting and Talent; Danielle Gervais, VP of Casting and Talent||Won|
|Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program||Garrett Rose||Nominated|
|Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program||Thomas Scott Reuther, Supervising Editor; Joe DeShano, A.M. Peters, Ryan Taylor, Matthew D. Miller, Brian Ray, Editor(s)||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||The Revival Show of 2018||Queer Eye||Nominated|||
|The Reality Show of 2018||Nominated|
|The Bingeworthy Show of 2018||Nominated|
|The Reality TV Star of 2018||Antoni Porowski||Nominated|
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