By Mari Cartel
Updated May 11, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Showtime’s steamy Queer as Folk has pushed the limits of same-sex romance, but on network TV the fundamental things apply: A gay kiss isn’t just a kiss, but a sweeps stunt. Jennifer Aniston bussed Winona Ryder on Friends April 26; Felicity‘s Amanda Foreman canoodled with an old girlfriend April 25. And, most provocatively, Kerr Smith swapped spit with David Monahan on Dawson’s Creek May 2. ”Got the annual smooch with a guy,” laughs the straight Smith, whose gay character laid one on another boy last May. ”It’s not the most fun thing in the world, but I agreed to play this role, and [producer] Greg Berlanti does want to take it that far.” While he’s proud of helping to break TV taboos, Smith draws the line at a once-a-year snog: ”That’s as far as I’m going to take it. I don’t think teenagers need to see two guys kissing on a weekly basis.”