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Gayest Episode Ever

Release Date: 06/17/2020

Barry’s NoHo Hank Is a Great Gay Villain show art Barry’s NoHo Hank Is a Great Gay Villain

Gayest Episode Ever

“it takes a psycho” (April 30, 2023) Barry is not a sitcom, though it was frequently one of the funnier shows on TV. We’re doing a bonus summer episode about it anyway because its gay character, NoHo Hank, is a rarity on TV because he’s both a villain and a person who doesn’t let his sexuality define him. That’s not necessarily a good thing, but we’re all about complex, messy queer characters, and this is one people should be talking about. Special thanks to for sharing her recollections of working on the show. SPOILER WARNING: We will talk about major plot points from Barry...

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​​Punky Brewster and Cave of Horrors show art ​​Punky Brewster and Cave of Horrors

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“The Perils of Punky” (October 20, 1985) This might be the most famous weird episode of any TV show ever, and with good reason: it is utterly inexplicable how this parade of horrors came to be. It would be weird for any sitcom to deliberately scare its viewers, much less a show that catered specifically to kids. Wait, is the shared trauma of this Punky Brewster the reason why millennials can’t stop talking about old TV? No, really — is this why??? This is an episode of our Patreon bonus podcast Weirdest Episode Ever. Listen to the rest of those episodes or now also ! Check out Drew's...

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Golden Girls Tries to Spin Off the Neighbors Next Door show art Golden Girls Tries to Spin Off the Neighbors Next Door

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“Empty Nests” (May 16, 1987) Happy summer! This is an episode of , our summer Patreon series looking into the times famous sitcoms attempted to use a backdoor pilot to launch a spinoff. This particular example is one of the most interesting, since what aired on Golden Girls ended up being very different from the spinoff that made it to air, Empty Nest. Here is the full list of Backdoor Pilots episodes, with links to the ones that are currently live on Patreon. More to come!  Golden Girls, “Empty Nests” Gimme a Break, “Nell and the Kid” Married With Children, “Radio Free...

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Moe Szyslak Is Gay for Pay show art Moe Szyslak Is Gay for Pay

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“Flaming Moe” (January 16, 2011) Today, LGBTQ characters on The Simpsons get to be more than walking gay jokes, and, really, this is one of the first episodes that shows Smithers as a (mostly) out member of the larger community in Springfield. It’s not perfect, however; there’s an homage to the 2008 film Milk that lands strangely, there’s a hetero love subplot for Skinner that takes acts two and three, and there’s a trans joke that underscores how advances in representation for LGBs didn’t include the Ts. But this episode, penned by future showrunner Matt Selman, shows the series...

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The Honeymooners Meet a Sexually Ambiguous Latino show art The Honeymooners Meet a Sexually Ambiguous Latino

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“Mama Loves Mambo” (May 3, 1956) While Ralph Kramden never met an out gay character on screen, he did once tussle with a new neighbor, Carlos Sanchez (Charles Korvin), who embodies all the traits of the “latin lover” stock character type. This includes being perceived as a threat to women while also being sensitive, empathetic and emotional — or in the midcentury binary, effeminate. We’re joined by Nu Julio himself, , to discuss why this classic sitcom strikes a different chord than I Love Lucy, what to make of Ralph Kramden’s domestic violence threats and why you maybe didn’t...

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American Dad Puts on a Play show art American Dad Puts on a Play

Gayest Episode Ever

“Blood Crieth Unto Heaven” (January 27, 2013) Yes, we’re giving you two American Dads this season, with this one representing how this show uses high-concept premises better than most other sitcoms. In this one, the show presents itself as a stage play, complete with all the restrictions and encumbrances that come with denying itself the ability to do quick cuts, and what results is as funny as it is bizarre. Here to discuss why this episode is a stand-out is , who sings the praises of Wendy Schaal’s comedic delivery. Do you love old TV? Then check out , where you can get the...

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Alex Mack Is a Lesbian Icon show art Alex Mack Is a Lesbian Icon

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“Bad Girl” (November 12, 1996) If you were not the target audience (and target age) for this live-action Nickelodeon series, you may be shocked to find out that The Secret World of Alex Mack is a sci-fi show. It’s basically Spider-Man with a baby gay lead protagonist, played with remarkable aplomb by Larisa Oleynik. We’re joined by , screenwriter on Hawkeye and the breakout hit Jury Duty, to discuss how very queer this show is — and in particular this episode, which plays out like a mid-90s lesbian teen romcom. Check out  (no, not that one), who directed this episode and...

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The Evolution of Coming Out Episodes show art The Evolution of Coming Out Episodes

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This week, we’re joined by , author of the new book , about the history of LGBTQ representation on American TV. Instead of a single episode, we’re talking about several, including some we’ve covered previously on GEE and some we have not! All in the Family, “Judging Books by Covers” (February 9, 1971) Soap, “Episode 1.8” (November 8, 1977) The Golden Girls, “Isn’t It Romantic?” (November 8, 1986) and “Sister of the Bride” (January 12, 1991) Ellen, “The Puppy Episode” (April 30, 1997) Will & Grace, “Homo for the Holidays” (November 25, 1999) ...

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Ranma Is a Girl Sometimes show art Ranma Is a Girl Sometimes

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“I Love You! My Dear, Dear Ukyo” (May 18, 1990) This week, we’re pivoting away from traditional sitcoms to discuss Ranma ½, a long-running anime that combines martial arts, romance, mysticism and… zany misunderstandings that are actually very sitcom-like, when you get down to it. This series focuses on the title character, a teenage boy who due to a curse turns into a girl when splashed with cold water, so there are a bajillion ways to analyze the gender dynamics. Here to discuss this with us is , an American-born writer for whom Ranma ½ was a gateway drug to not only Japanese...

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Leon Carp Is Roseanne’s Gay Nemesis show art Leon Carp Is Roseanne’s Gay Nemesis

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“The Driver’s Seat” (November 30, 1993) We’re giving another shot to Roseanne, because perhaps it’s been long enough that you all want to listen to stories about this iconic series. Perhaps not! Regardless, this show offered us Martin Mull’s Leon, who goes unsung in the annals of gay supporting characters. He’s a villain, though much of his evildoing has nothing to do with his sexuality, and in this particular episode, his gayness doesn’t even come up — which is unusual, because usually gay supporting characters on sitcoms only show up to be gay and do nothing else. Watch the...

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“Les on a Ledge” (October 2, 1978)

For reasons we can’t imagine, WKRP in Cincinnati decided its third episode should feature a trans-themed B plot alongside an A plot about one of the characters contemplating suicide because people think he’s gay. It’s a lot. And while that plot synopsis might seem like a recipe for disaster, this one is funnier and more progressive than you might expect. Don’t get us wrong: It does things that today’s audiences will probably roll their eyes at and might even shake their head at. But among these are some things that might surprise you in a good way.

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Listen to Drew on this week's Talking Simpsons. Hell, listen to his previous Talking Simpsons while you’re at it.

This L.A. Times article on The New WKRP in Cincinnati explains how the original series became so successful in syndication.

Is “Bruce” a homosexual name? Stan Lee says yes.

Listen to “Once I Had a Love,” Blondie’s original version of “Heart of Glass.

If you can separate the fact that he is being murdered by a horrible monster, Gary Sandy is hot as hell in the 1980 movie Troll.

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