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Jennifer Slept Here Is a Little Gay Boy’s Fantasy

Gayest Episode Ever

Release Date: 10/28/2020

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“Jennifer: The Movie” (October 29, 1983)

We’re celebrating both Halloween and week two of our celebration of Ann Jillian with an episode about how the 1983 NBC series Jennifer Slept Here is both so very weird and also a little gay boy’s fantasy — because it pairs an awkward boy with glamorous ghost, and that’s secretly what every little gay boy wishes he had to guide him through his awkward years. This is peak 80s, but also it has one of the best sitcom themes ever, regardless of decade.

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