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ALF Never Did a Gay Episode

Gayest Episode Ever

Release Date: 11/18/2020

The Cartoons That Made Us Gay: Jem & The Holograms show art The Cartoons That Made Us Gay: Jem & The Holograms

Gayest Episode Ever

“The Bands Break Up” (September 28, 1987) We’re not *quite* ready yet to swing into regular production, so we’re tossing up an episode of our Patreon-only bonus podcast, The Cartoons That Made Us Gay, onto the main feed. It’s the Jem and the Holograms episode that is titled “The Bands Break Up” but would me more accurately titled “Kimber and Stormer Are Gay Lesbians Making Beautiful Queer Music Together.” Intentionally gay or not, it is hard to dismiss these girls’ relationship as just platonic, to the point that we don’t have to work hard at all to find the queer...

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It’s a Will & Grace Christmas! show art It’s a Will & Grace Christmas!

Gayest Episode Ever

“A Little Christmas Queer” (December 8, 2005) Lest you be tempted to believe that Christmas miracles aren’t real, we finally found an episode of Will & Grace that Drew doesn’t hate. This one, from the final season of the show’s original broadcast run, focuses on Will and company spending Christmas with his family and the problems posed by the fact that Will’s nephew seems so very gay. It’s actually a more nuanced look at the difficulties of being gay and leaving your life to spend the holiday with your (presumably straight) family. It doesn’t suck! Not even the Grace...

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Totally Trans Talks All in the Family and Beverly LaSalle show art Totally Trans Talks All in the Family and Beverly LaSalle

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Special presentation! The podcast is covering the All in the Family character of Beverly LaSalle in a three part series this week because it marks a pairing of trans representation on a sitcom with the Christmas season. In an effort to promote this in-depth look at All in the Family, we’re posting the first part on our feed. Have a listen — and then subscribe to Totally Trans to hear parts two and three as well as everything Ada-Rhodes, Henry and Katie will be discussing in 2022. Subscribe on… Also follow Totally Trans support them !

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Out of This World Does a Gender Swap Episode show art Out of This World Does a Gender Swap Episode

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“Evie Stevie” (December 16, 1989) Whether you remember it as the show with the talking geodesic dad cube or the one with the girl who could freeze time, Out of This World has been relegated to the further reaches of 80s nostalgia. You might even believe some naysayers that it wasn’t a good show; however, it was exactly as good of a show as you could hope for about a half-alien teen girl whose supernatural powers cause wacky, zany hijinx. It’s not Norman Lear, but you know what? Neither were ALF, I Dream of Jeannie or Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Watch the episode we’re talking about ...

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Mad About You Hijacks a Coming Out Storyline show art Mad About You Hijacks a Coming Out Storyline

Gayest Episode Ever

“Ovulation Day” (January 7, 1996) Mad About You was one of NBC’s major sitcoms in the 90s, but it hasn’t left a legacy the way many of its Must See TV mates have. We talk about why in this episode, which is actually the part one of a two-part crossover with the queer film podcast , where we’re also discussing Helen Hunt’s Oscar-winning turn in 1997’s As Good as It Gets. Listen to Drew and Glen guest on A Piece of Pie’s discussing of As Good as It Gets . Subscribe to A Piece of Pie and follow them . Read the New York Times’ . Read the Vulture piece on . Watch and then jump...

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Empty Nest Uses the F-Slur show art Empty Nest Uses the F-Slur

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“Single White Male” (January 7, 1995) Even if you were the kind of person who watched all of NBC’s Saturday night sitcoms back in the day, the following things may surprise you: 1) Empty Nest is a solid sitcom. 2) Empty Nest was a strong ratings performer that often beat the show it spun off from, The Golden Girls. 3) Empty Nest was still on in 1995. 4) When it uses the “f”-slur, it actually uses it appropriately — to mark someone as being heinously gauche. Watch where Rita Moreno talks about hating the filming of the backdoor pilot to Empty Nest. Read the Slate article about how...

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Bob Belcher Is Bi show art Bob Belcher Is Bi

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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Michelle Tanner Meets a Yankee Doodle Dandy show art Michelle Tanner Meets a Yankee Doodle Dandy

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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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Smithers Has a Boyfriend (Interview with Rob and Johnny LaZebnik) show art Smithers Has a Boyfriend (Interview with Rob and Johnny LaZebnik)

Gayest Episode Ever

“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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Jo Polniaczek Is a Lesbian Heartthrob (Re-Upload for Apple Podcasts) show art Jo Polniaczek Is a Lesbian Heartthrob (Re-Upload for Apple Podcasts)

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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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“We Are Family” (May 2, 1988)

Finally, at long last, ALF! This is the first in a new series where Drew and Glen discuss shows that never did a gay episode. “But wait, Drew and Glen! You have done episodes that weren’t explicitly gay before,” you may be saying. This is true, but at the very least we could pretend that the writer maybe-kinda-sorta had some gay metaphor in mind. This new series is for all the shows that never even treaded that far, but we think there’s something to talk about anyway. In this episode, ALF contemplates coming out as an alien, even if going public might poses risks to his personal liberties. Sandy Duncan does and does not make a cameo.

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This episode’s outro track is “Hallo ALF, Hier ist Rhonda” by Tommi Piper with Amélie Sandmann, which is perhaps not surprisingly unavailable on all the American streaming services.