Queer Eye (2018): Season One

Review by CJ

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan van Ness

Running time:
43-48 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:


The all-new Fab Five head to Atlanta, Georgia and improve the lives of men in need of fashion, grooming, culinary, home and culture coaching.

Queer Eye breaks away from the reality TV trend of putting conflicting personalities together and relying on the drama that creates to entertain viewers. It has achieved this by creating a foundation of self-improvement, happiness and peace.

I was a big fan of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy so went in dubious that a new team of whippersnappers could possibly fill their shoes. However, my fears were unfounded as the new Fab Five is a team of talented, unique and entertaining individuals.

The transformations the men complete under the guidance of the Fab Five are all remarkable. Their homes, lives and selves are greatly improved in a short amount of time and it is uplifting to watch. The Fab Five themselves all seem delighted to help and invest themselves emotionally in the men they make-better (formerly known as make-over).

I loved the soundtrack to season one of Queer Eye. The updated version of the original’s theme song gives it a modern throwback, but the rest of the tunes are fun, fresh and funky.

My only criticism of Queer Eye is how short the season is and that’s only a criticism because I need more. If you enjoy your lifestyle tips and feel good stories with a generous helping of humour and great chemistry amongst the main cast then the latest incarnation of Queer Eye is an absolute must see.


“This week we are going to Covington Fire Department.”
“Yes. Firemen. Thank you, production.”

2 replies »

  1. I was a fan of the original also, and really enjoyed this update on the series too. I’m glad our criticism is equal, although I would like to add the political undertones of the Cop episode. I can’t remember which episode it was, but the Fab Five we’re focusing on a Police Officer, and Karamo and the Officer had a Black Lives Matter discussion in the car. For some reason the entire episode felt like one of the PSA messages you’d get in a Captain Planet show back in the 90’s. “Don’t take drugs, kids. And remember, The Power is Yours!”

    While the QE episode wasn’t bad, it just felt like a PSA to deal with that issue. Or maybe I’m looking into it too much.

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