My family and I binge-watched the new Queer Eye on Netflix this weekend and it was EXACTLY what my heart needed.
(Mild spoilers ahead.)
Now, we watched it with our kids and felt like it was very family-friendly, but here’s your warning in case your kids don’t have as liberal of tv viewing regulations as ours do: There a few f-bombs dropped in the first episode or two but the cursing is mainly uses of the word “shit” and it’s not too often. There are periodic sexual jokes/subtext and one episode more direct references to bondage and jokes about sex swings, but we considered it very family friendly. (When the guys don a participant’s leather chest harness I explained it as, “I guess you could think of it like sexy lingerie for a guy?”) The reason why I make the point about it being a family-friendly show is because I really felt like the shows were beautiful in their messages and the way the Fab 5 touched the lives of the participants. Great lessons for EVERYONE if you don’t get too put off by innuendo and periodic cursing.
I didn’t watch the original run that often, mainly because none of the gay men I knew in real life were like the ones on the TV so it felt fake and like the show was hyping stereotypes. This was probably due to living in the South where homosexuality was definitely not widely accepted yet, making flamboyance a dangerous trait to have. I tell you this so you know I can’t really compare this one to the original. I definitely don’t remember the first one MAKING ME CRY NON-STOP like the new one did!
The thing I loved the best is that they really made an effort to try to teach these participants in ways where they could keep up the transformation by making it unique to THEIR life. They took the retired veteran to the thrift store to shop but they took the business owner to an upscale menswear store. They taught the guy who only ate out tex-mex how to make his own guacamole and they bought the Dad with 6 kids a crockpot. They tailored the “makeovers” to the participants and their lifestyles, which I very much appreciated. They taught the busy Dad how to buy clothes where he shopped for groceries, which is way more practical than making him think he can only buy clothes at the mall, which he’ll never have time for.
Donnie and I did obsessively watched What Not To Wear when the kids were babies and we were up at weird hours and that show was GREAT at the power of a makeover but CRAP at being practical in teaching people how to apply the change their daily lives. I loved that this show was so deliberate in how they really tried to have an impact. One episode where the family only had one bathroom included tips/changes for the kids to help keep that bathroom from getting so crazy. The Fab 5 also introduced CHORE CHARTS in one house. It was great.
The whole reason I watched it in the first place was my friend Chelsea telling me on a run, “If you just want something sweet and wholesome, check it out,” and that was EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED. The political climate and the real world has gotten me even more down than usual and this show gave me LIGHT and HOPE for 8 hours this weekend and I will forever be grateful.
My favorite part: Tan France (style guy) was realizing he was going to be hit with a kid’s water gun and said something like, “No. No. Not the hair. Oh, God I love kids and I hate that I’m so vain but NOT THE HAIR.”