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+ Recommended – TV-14, Reality-TV

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Queer Eye is one of the shows that I had heard about a million times. I saw posts about it on social media and even engaged with my friends when they were discussing how obsessed they were with it. I hate hearing this much hype about any TV show that I haven’t seen yet because it makes me all the more hesitant to watch it. Can Queer Eye possibly live up to the amazing pinnacle of reality TV that so many people say it is?

In a word, YES. I threw on the first episode of season one, while Jared and I were making dinner. Then I had to pause it every time I went back into the kitchen to check on the mac-and-cheese (we’re college students, y’all, don’t judge), because I couldn’t stand to miss those thirty seconds that my eyes wouldn’t be glued to the screen. For a first episode, “You Can’t Fix Ugly” was absolutely amazing. It sets a sky high standard for the following episodes that simply can’t always be met. One thing is for certain though, if you’re watching Queer Eye, you are doing so with a box of tissues on hand and you will use it… frequently.

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For anyone who hasn’t heard of Queer Eye, this Netflix based reboot is styled after the 2003 Bravo series, originally titled Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. In the current 2018 version, Karamo Brown (culture), Tan France (fashion), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), and Bobby Berk (interior design) travel all around Georgia to meet and change one person’s life for at least a week. In the first season, they focussed on helping, while not altogether straight, men. In the second season we’ve added in women as well. The people on the show are submitted by someone close to them who thinks they really need help turning their life around, in all aspects. I won’t lie to you and say that every episode will resonate with you, because not all can, but what this show does is allows the viewers to put themselves in the shoes of not only the person who is being helped by the Fab 5, but in the fashion forward shoes of our favorite queer men.

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Queer Eye is so great because they are able to change the lives of so many people by focussing their attention on one. They are able to touch the hearts of people on both sides of the screen. I mean, honestly, Jared is actually french tucking his shirts now, so I know miracles are possible. Who is your favorite of the Fab 5? Don’t worry, I won’t tell Antoni.

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