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Gayest Episode Ever

Release Date: 11/11/2020

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Gayest Episode Ever

Bob’s Burgers, “Turkey in a Can” (November 24, 2013) — Why did the fourth-season Thanksgiving episode of Bob’s Burgers make some people think Bob Belcher is bisexual? In short, it’s a single line — “I’m mostly straight” — but the real answer is a more complicated one that has to do with the show’s queer sensibility,

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Full House, “The Play’s the Thing” (November 17, 1992) — The big joke with Full House never did a gay episode despite being a show about three men cohabitating and coparenting in San Francisco. However, the fifth season introduced Derek (Blake McIver Ewing), a new friend for Michelle who’s well-mannered, soft-spoken and really good at showtunes.

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“Portrait of a Lackey on Fire” (November 21, 2021) Either we traveled to the future or the showrunner of The Simpsons reached out and asked us if we want to preview a new Smithers-centric episode airing this Sunday. Maybe both? This new episode happens to be written by Rob LaZebnik (a straight) and Johnny LaZebnik (his son, a gay), and we spoke with both of them about how they write together, what it’s like growing up gay in the shadow of Smithers and what it means that Helen Lovejoy is down with the gays.  Follow and on Twitter! Watch if you haven’t already and you have 2.5...

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The Facts of Life, “The New Girl, Part One” and “The New Girl, Part Two” (November 19 and 26, 1980) — The second season premiere works like a kinda-sorta reboot of the show, now with big lesbian tension between Blair and newcomer Jo.

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Gayest Episode Ever

The Facts of Life, “The New Girl, Part One” and “The New Girl, Part Two” (November 19 and 26, 1980) — The second season premiere works like a kinda-sorta reboot of the show, now with big lesbian tension between Blair and newcomer Jo.

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The Cartoons That Made Us Gay: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show art The Cartoons That Made Us Gay: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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“Michelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko” (September 14, 1991) It’s finally here: The Cartoons That Made Us Gay, our new Patreon-exclusive bonus podcast, focused on queer readings of the cartoons of our youth. While this series will comprise ten episodes only available on our Patreon feed, we’re putting the first part of the first episode on the main feed to show off what we’re doing.  To listen to the full version of this episode, all you need to do is pledge $1 a month on Patreon and subscribe to in your podcast app of choice. It’s easy! You should do it! But we’re biased! This...

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The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (October 29, 1976) — Monday Afternoon Movie host Sam Pancake joins Glen and Drew to discuss this bit of Halloween Hollywood kitsch that is either a dream or nightmare, depending on whom you ask.

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The Hogan Family, “Nightmare on Oak Street” (November 23, 1987) — For Halloween, we look at how a show featured a zombie sequence mere weeks after it killed off its title character. And while this was not a Halloween episode, we are using it as *our* Halloween episode.

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Gloria Vane Is a Part of Frasier’s Queer History show art Gloria Vane Is a Part of Frasier’s Queer History

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“PIlot” (1993) — This unsold pilot, featuring JoBeth Williams as an aging actress in 1930s Hollywood, represents writer Joe Keenan’s attempt at selling NBC a TV series with a gay sensibility back in 1993. And while Gloria Vane never made it to air, its legacy lives on in Frasier, as Keenan joined the Frasier writers’ room and ended up penning some of the series queerest and most farcical episodes.

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“The Love Lesson” (Jan. 22, 1980) Heads up: The gender politics in this one are all fucked up, and a lie results in a character getting misgendered in a way that won’t be funny to every listener. However, it’s not the whole of the episode. When Mr. Furley catches Jack necking with a woman, Jack lies and says this woman is actually a man. Naturally, Mr. Furley offers to teach Jack how to be heterosexual. Listen to the and get a nice primer on the extended Happy Days universe. Listen to . Listen to an NPR piece on . Smart Mouth is back! ! Monday Afternoon Movie is also back! ! Also...

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“Grand Illusion” (October 29, 1996)

Because this is either the episode you’re getting immediately before the election (if you’re on the Patreon feed) or directly after (if you’re on the main feed), we decided we’d try for something political. No, we don’t know why we attempted this, but we ended up picking the first LGBT-themed episode from Spin City, which is arguably the most politically focused sitcom of late. And while this episode should focus more on the out gay character, Michael Boatman’s Carter Heywood, it instead shifts the spotlight to Connie Britton’s Nikki, which Drew thinks is lame.

Poobala.com is the website that charts TV crossovers in considerable detail, and you could definitely get lost there if you love TV trivia. And here is the clip of Matlock in a gay bar along with Lea Delaria in pearls.

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