Trailer for Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot: We’re fighting for acceptance

I usually get cranky when I hear about a reboot of a beloved show, but finally, there’s one I can truly get behind. Netflix is bringing back Queer Eye, the cult favorite makeover show that ran for 5 seasons on Bravo from 2003 to 2007. The streaming network just released the trailer, introducing us to the new Fab Five.

The original stars have gone on to bigger and better things – Ted Allen hosts Chopped, Carson Kressley is a frequent judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jai Rodriguez has shown up in guest roles on many TV shows and Kyan Douglas is a regular fixture on Rachael Ray. Thom Filicia is the only one who kind of dropped off the face of the earth. In rebooting the series, a new team has been brought on to change lives and change minds, they are Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Tan France (fashion), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), and Bobby Berk (design). The gang work their magic in the red states, including my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia (side note: I am totally up for a Queer Eye makeover, just throwing that out there) .

The new F5 were culled from international auditions and, as the show’s creator, David Collins, asserts, “each one of them is so unique.” They also know their stuff. Karamo appeared on The Real World: Philadelphia. Jonathan and his long locks are among the standouts on the Emmy-nominated web series Gay of Thrones. Bobby is a decorator with his own line of home furnishings. Antoni may have benefited from a little show biz nepotism, as he was Ted Allen’s protégé and personal chef. Tan has his own clothing line, Kingdom & State.

So why a new Queer Eye and why now? David Collins told Entertainment Weekly that “It’s a new time with a new audience. If the original round was about tolerance, this time it is about acceptance.” In addition to the episode’s makeover subject, or “hero” as the show calls them, learning how to cook, properly moisturize and dress, they will also get to know their coaches personally in order to help foster this acceptance. The coaches, in turn, grew to know and admire the heros.

QE’s executive producer, Rob Eric explains, “In order to make the emotions bigger, you actually had to see how [the Fab 5] were reacting to being with a cop from the South who was a Trump supporter, [or] ‘hillbilly Tom,’ who refers to himself by saying ‘you can’t fix ugly.’ These guys walked away truly loving every single hero that they made over and talked about them for weeks afterward. It affected them just as much as they affected our hero.”

The new series debuts on Netflix on Wednesday, February 7 and I can’t wait.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Credit: Courtesy Netflix




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  1. AnnaKist says:

    Ooooooooooo – I loved the old version, and this sounds like a great show! I just hope we get QE in Australia!

  2. hnmmom says:

    Soooo excited! I loved the old show, happy to see it back.

  3. Branvoyage says:

    What is the premise of the show?

    • Maum says:

      Premise is the guys give a very straight guy a complete makeover- wardrobe/grooming as well as the home and food side.
      It’s often for a specific event- and anniversary/proposal/birthday type of scenario.

      The upgraded straight guy wines and dines his partner- I remember it being a really sweet show (as far as reality TV goes)

    • Senaber says:

      Men who are experts in areas like cooking, fashion, etc give another man a culture and appearance makeover and in the process break down societal barriers to acceptance of other sexual orientations. The original was so great- funny, informative, and moving.

  4. Penfold says:

    I didn’t know Gay of Thrones was Emmy nominated! That’s awesome. Jonathan is hilarious.

    Where are…my… dragons!

  5. LouLou says:

    Yesssss, I loved the old show. And after having to live in the South for a long time this should be awesome.

  6. Jess says:

    Loved the original one and hope this one is good too. And it’s perfect timing – it made me feel a bit more hopeful that we can start coming together again in 2018.

  7. STRIPE says:

    Yes. Into it. Already crying.

  8. Meggles says:

    One of my friends worked on that show and I got to know a couple of the guys fairly well. The tea on that show, I swear to God. It’s amazing they managed to retain a reputation for wholesomeness.

  9. Frosty says:

    I loved the old show, but times have changed. I feel like the premise has outlived its purpose.

  10. Alyssa Calloway says:

    Love Jonathan Van Ness! So happy that he keeps on having success. If you haven’t seen Gay of Thrones and you watch GOT, go over to Funny or Die and get on that train.

  11. savu says:

    I grew up with Queer Eye! The tolerance vs. acceptance thing is so true. I’m so excited for this!! THIS is what I need for 2018.

  12. BJ says:

    I will watch because I am a fan of Karamo,especially his HIV activism work and also a role model for gay parents.He has been raising his 20 year son since the boy was about 10.He learned about him after Real World aired before then he never knew the boy existed.Karamo also took in his son’s half brother.

  13. Mel M says:

    I know a little about Tan and I’m really excited!

  14. Jen says:

    Thom Filicia is still a big deal in home furnishings at the very least. He introduces a new collection every six months which takes every minute of six months to do. He’s probably just found his niche. Never heard of Bobby Berk, though. Will have to look him up.

  15. Lama Bean says:

    Gracious Karamo was such a jerk on Real World.

  16. Hazel says:

    I always wanted to send the queer eye guys to my brother’s house. I hope this next bunch is just as fun & just as good.