December 24, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Queer As Folk

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Michelle Clunie, Thea Gill, Sharon Glass, Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell, Peter Paige, Hal Sparks, Russell T. Davies
Showtime Networks Inc.
Drama, Gay and Lesbian

The Best TV Series You’ll Probably Never See

Queer As Folk

Had any U.S. network had the guts to air it, Queer as Folk would be at No. 2 on my top 10 list. But the fact that this ribald, witty, unexpectedly moving British miniseries featured, in its first hour, a rakish antihero (the roguishly beguiling Aidan Gillen) having sex with a 15-year-old boy was enough to consign it to gay film festivals and bootlegged Internet video sales over here. Created by Russell T. Davies, Folk is a tale of gay men’s lives in all their complexity—sex being just one aspect explored. Joel Schumacher is planning a version for Showtime with the youngest character upped to legal age, but excuse me if I doubt that anyone could ever improve upon the original.

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