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Queer as Folk (2000–2005)

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The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Series cast summary:
 Melanie Marcus (83 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Lindsay Peterson (83 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Brian Kinney (83 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Justin Taylor (83 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Ted Schmidt (83 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Emmett Honeycutt (83 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Michael Novotny (83 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Debbie Novotny (79 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Professor Ben Bruckner (55 episodes, 2002-2005)
Jack Wetherall ...
 Vic Grassi (48 episodes, 2000-2004)


Based on the British series of the same name, Showtime's 'Queer as Folk' presents the American version. Following the lives of five gay men in Pittsburgh, 'Queer as Folk' is a riveting drama full of sex, drugs, adventure, friendship and love. Although the creators of 'Queer as Folk' wanted to present an honest depiction of gay life, it is by no means a comprehensive depiction. In addition to the usual sexual escapades and relationships of the five friends, the show explores critical gay political and health issues. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

3 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Q.A.F.  »

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Technical Specs


(83 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(as Dolby Surround) (2.0) (Season 1)| (5.1 surround) (Seasons 2-5)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the final two seasons of the show the opening was changed. Within this opening there are three black t-shirts that are featured. they say (in order) "God made me gay" (worn by a man), "I [heart] my gay son" (worn by Debbie), and "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" (worn by a woman) See more »


In Pennsylvania, where this is to be set, car license plates are only on the rear of the cars. On cars shown in different scenes, license plates are visible on the front as well. See more »


Michael: She hit me. My mother fucking hit me!
Ted: She's always hitting you.
Brian Kinney: That's how she shows her affection.
Michael: I mean for real.
Brian Kinney: Well, what did Mikey do?
Michael: I told her she was pathetic for dating that fag-hating cop.
Ted: You know, if she keeps this up, we're going to have to take her honorary queer button away.
Michael: Where are her values? Her principles?
Brian Kinney: You know how it is when you want cock. They're the first things to go.
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Crazy Credits

"Queer As Folk is a celebration of the lives and passions of a group of gay friends. It is not meant to reflect all of gay society." See more »


Remake of Queer as Folk (1999) See more »


(Main Title Theme)
Written by Don Pyle & Andrew Zealley
Performed by Greek Buck
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User Reviews

Best of Show(time)
10 June 2002 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

QAF is, in my opinion, the best cable TV series of all time (since Rude Awakening is off the air). Kudos to Showtime for having the courage to put it on. The most important reason this show works is because of THE ACTORS, who are all superb, creating 3-dimensional characters that you care about, deeply, week after week. It's impossible to imagine any different actors in the main roles, in fact - the true sign of brilliant casting. This is the only show on television, cable or network, that I watch religiously and I couldn't be any more thrilled that it's been renewed for another 2 seasons.

Added on August 8th (a day after the series finale aired) - Just wanted to say that this show has changed television forever, not just because it pushed the envelope - actually, it EXPLODED the envelope - but also because of all the lives it touched, informed and/or changed. This show crossed all barriers, appealing to every kind of viewer, thanks to the beautifully written characters, magnificently realized by the superb cast, and I for one am sad to see it end, this once-in-a-lifetime bold and redemptive journey.

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