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Encyclopedia > Queer as Folk (U.S.)
Queer as Folk (US)

Format Comedy-drama
Running time 44 to 58 minutes
Rating
Creator(s) Russell T. Davies and Developed for American Television by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman
Starring Gale Harold
Randy Harrison
Hal Sparks
Sharon Gless
Country United States/Canada co-production
Network Showtime U.S. and Showcase Canada
Original run December 3, 2000 on Showtime and January 22, 2001 on ShowcaseAugust 7, 2005 on Showtime and August 15, 2005 on Showcase
No. of episodes 83

Queer as Folk was an American/Canadian television series co-production, produced by Showtime and Temple Street Productions, which was based on the British series of the same name created by Russell T. Davies. This US version of Queer as Folk used various Canadian directors known for their independent film work (Bruce McDonald, David Wellington, Kelly Makin, Jeremy Podeswa and Michael DeCarlo to name a few) as well as famed Australian director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) who directed the pilot episodes. The head writers were Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman who were also the Executive Producers of the series along with former Warner Bros. Television president Tony Jonas. Other writers in the later seasons included Michael MacLennan, Efrem Seeger, Brad Fraser, Del Shores, and Shawn Postoff. Image File history File links QaF-(US)-cast. ... Comedy-drama, sometimes colloquially called dramedy, is a style of television and movies in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content. ... Russell T. Davies, pictured in 2003. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Gale Harold Gale Morgan Harold III (born on July 10, 1969 in Decatur, Georgia United States) is an American actor. ... Randy Harrison in GLAAD Media Awards 2002 Randolph C. Harrison (also known as Randy Harrison, born November 2, 1977 in Nashua, New Hampshire) was raised in Alpharetta, Georgia and is an American actor, most known for his role as Justin Taylor on the drama Queer as Folk. ... Hal Sparks Hal Sparks (born September 25, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an actor and comedian best known for his role of Michael Novotny on the American television series Queer as Folk. ... Sharon Gless (born 31 May 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an actress. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... A showcase is a performance or exhibit highlighting the work of a performer or group of performers, a particular culture or ethnic group, or of a nationality. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... A showcase is a performance or exhibit highlighting the work of a performer or group of performers, a particular culture or ethnic group, or of a nationality. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A showcase is a performance or exhibit highlighting the work of a performer or group of performers, a particular culture or ethnic group, or of a nationality. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... Temple Street Productions is an established, privately held production and distribution company based in Toronto, Canada. ... Queer as Folk Series 1 DVD Cover Queer as Folk is a 1999 British television series that chronicles the lives of three gay men let loose in Manchesters gay village around Canal Street. ... Russell T. Davies, pictured in 2003. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian/American film and television director. ... Russell Mulcahy (born January 1, 1953) is a film director, born in Melbourne, Australia. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ...

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General description

This series was the story of five gay men who lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Brian, Justin, Michael, Emmett, Ted, and a lesbian couple, Lindsay and Melanie; another main character, Ben, was added in the second season. Due to favorable tax breaks north of the border, the series was filmed in Canada, with frequent location filming in Toronto's Church and Wellesley gay village. In modern society, gay is a word which can be used as either a noun or adjective. ... Skyline of downtown Pittsburgh Pittsburgh is a city in Western Pennsylvania, United States, and the county seat of Allegheny County. ... Lesbian describes a homosexual woman. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength City of Toronto, Ontario, Canadas Location. ... View of Church Street looking north from Maitland Street Church and Wellesley is a gay-oriented community located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Torontos Church and Wellesley district, one of the largest gay villages in North America Rainbow flags are displayed in the Castro area of San Francisco as a symbol of gay pride The entrance to Chueca metro station in the Plaza de Chueca (Chueca square) in Madrid (Spain), during gay...


The show was noted for its somewhat frank depiction of gay lifestyles and sex. A disclaimer, "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" appeared after each episode on Showtime in the U.S. but this disclaimer was not broadcast on Showcase in Canada (instead, the disclaimer "This show contains nudity, sexuality and coarse language -- viewer discretion is advised" was broadcast before each airing and after each commercial).


The title of the show comes from a dialect expression from some parts of Northern England, "there's nought [colloquially pronounced 'nowt'] so queer as folk", meaning "there's nothing as weird as people".


The show drew strong ratings for both Showtime and Canada's Showcase. In fact, in Canada, the series had such high ratings that by the end of the 5th season so many sponsors had purchased advertising time that Showcase had to air the show in an hour and ten minute time block to accommodate all the ads and not cut out any scenes. This was not a problem for Showtime, of course, since that service is commercial free and no ads were ever broadcast during a QAF telecast.


The series ran for five seasons (2000 to 2005 on Showtime and 2001 to 2005 on Showcase). It was believed by fans that the show could have run for another year (most of the cast originally had six year contracts but according to one rumor the contracts were renegotiated to five years after the first season).


However, Showtime was concerned about the rising production costs due to the strength of the Canadian Dollar. Some of the cast, however, felt that Showtime didn't want to be known as a "gay only" network so they cancelled the show. Publically, at least, Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman both stated that they didn't feel there were really any further stories that they could tell and also Randy Harrison (Justin) was reported as saying that had the series gone into a sixth season, he would not have been part of it.


Canada's Showcase, which was making a great deal of money from the advertising demand, did briefly consider producing a sixth season, but as Showtime owned much of the rights to the series and funded much of the budget, Showcase decided against it.


Awards

2001

  • GLAAD Media Awards nominated for Outstanding Drama Series (winner)
  • Third Prize nominated for Effects Titles Ident's PSA's (winner)
  • Golden Reel Awards nomineted for Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Music
  • Artios nominated for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot

2002 The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1990 by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to recognize and honor the media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. ...

  • GLAAD Media Awards nominated for Outstanding Drama Series
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction
  • DGC Team Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Television Series - Drama

2003 The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1990 by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to recognize and honor the media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. ...

  • GLAAD Media Awards nominated for Outstanding Drama Series
  • ACTRA Toronto Awards nominated for Outstanding Performance - Female (Thea Gill)
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Short Form (winner)
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction - Television Series
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Picture Editing - Short Form
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design - Short Form
  • DGC Team Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Television Series - Drama (winner)

2004 The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1990 by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to recognize and honor the media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. ... Thea Gill Thea Gill, born April 5, 19?? in Vancouver, British Columbia is a Canadian actress best known for her starring role as Lindsay Peterson on the hit Showtime show Queer as Folk. ...

  • GLAAD Media Awards nominated for Outstanding Drama Series
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Picture Editing - Television Series
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design - Television Series
  • Golden Reel Award nominated for Best Sound Editing in Television Episodic: Music

2005 The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1990 by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to recognize and honor the media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. ... The MPSE Golden Reel Award is an award presented by the organization of Motion Picture Sound Editors in categories related to the craft of audio post production, such as Sound Editing, Music Editing, Dialog Editing, and Sound Effect Editing. The award was first presented in 1953 and has continued into...

  • GLAAD Media Awards nominated for Outstanding Drama Series
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Picture Editing - Television Series
  • DGC Craft Award nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design - Television Series
  • DGC Team Award nominated for Outstanding Team Achievement in a Television Series - Drama
  • Prism Award nominated for TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline (winner) tied with Lost
  • Prism Award nominated for Performance in a Drama Series Storyline (Scott Lowell)
  • BMI Cable Award Ray Ketchem nominated for Television Music Award (winner)

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Character descriptions, plot details

Brian is a handsome, 29-year old advertising executive with a voracious sexual appetite. Raised by a carousing, alcoholic father and a devoutly Catholic mother, he lives a self-contained/centered lifestyle and prefers the honesty of lust to the dishonesty (and vulnerability) he perceives in love and romance. Michael, also just turning 30, is his best friend since childhood, and begins the series working at a retail store called The Big Q. Ted, 33, is an accountant with low self-esteem, and Emmett is a flamboyant Southerner who works in trendy clothing shop "Torso" on Liberty Avenue.


The first episode finds the four friends ending a night at an idealized gay oasis called Babylon. Jaded Brian picks up and deflowers the sensitive and artistic Justin, a 17-year-old prep school student who becomes far more than a one-night stand. Brian also becomes a father that night, having sired a child for college friend Lindsay, an art teacher, and her partner Melanie, an attorney who loathes Brian as much as Lindsay loves him. Debbie is Michael's mother and a committed gay-rights activist. She waits tables at the Liberty Diner, which serves as a haven for the group of friends. Her brother Vic has been critically ill with AIDS and lives with her. The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (or acronym AIDS or Aids), is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by infection...


The characters become enmeshed and entangled in various ways over the course of five years. Michael's seemingly unrequited love for Brian fuels the story, which he occasionally narrates in voice-over. Justin's coming out and budding relationship with Brian has unexpected effects on Brian's and Michael's lives. Justin confides in straight high-school friend Daphne, while struggling to deal with homophobic classmates and his dismayed, divorcing parents, Craig and Jennifer. Later in the second season Justin & Michael co-create sexually-explicit underground comic "Rage", featuring a "Gay Crusader" superhero inspired by Brian. Homophobia is a term used to describe: A culturally determined phobia manifesting as fear, revulsion, or contempt for homosexuality. ... Spider-Man, one of the best-known superheroes. ...


Brian's son Gus, being raised by Lindsay and Melanie, becomes the focus of several episodes as issues of parental rights come to the fore. Ted is Melanie's accountant and once harbored a longstanding crush on Michael. He and Emmett begin as best friends, but briefly become lovers later in the series. Their relationship ends as Ted, unemployed and with a criminal record earned from running a porn website, becomes addicted to crystal meth. In the fourth season, Brian, who has lost his job assisting Justin in opposing an anti-gay political client, starts his own agency. Michael marries an HIV-positive partner and the couple adopts a son, Hunter, who is also HIV-positive as a result of his experiences as a child prostitute. Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant drug which induces a strong feeling of euphoria and is highly psychologically addictive. ...


Melanie and Lindsay's relationship, while on the surface, might represent a more "stable" relationship is actually quite tumultuous and controversial. Each cheats on the other at various points in the series, both tackle on a threesome shortly after they marry in an unlawful ceremony and become separated for much of the 4th and 5th season. Melanie is impregnated by Michael through artificial insemination in the fourth season, so that the best friends are now co-stepfathers. Brian's new advertising agency; Kinnetik, becomes highly successful both through a combination of Brian's customer loyalty and his edgier advertising. As a result of this, Brian is able to purchase Club Babylon from its now bankrupt owner. Artificial insemination (AI) is when sperm is placed into a females ovarian follicle (intrafollicular), uterus (intrauterine), cervix (intracervical), or fallopian tubes (intratubal) using artificial means rather than by natural copulation. ...


In the fifth and final season, the boys have become men and the series, perhaps more comfortable in its role in gay entertainment, tackles political issues head-on and with much more fervor.


A political campaign called "Proposition 14" is depicted during much of the final season as a looming threat to the family-relations that the four principle characters have created. This proposition, like so many real-life recent legislative moves that have affected many US states, threatens to outlaw same-sex marriage, adoption and other family civil rights. The many ways in which such a proposition would affect the characters are depicted through nearly every episode. Debbie, Justin, Jennifer, Daphne, Emmett, Ted, Michael, Ben, Lindsay, Melanie and the children are depicted standing up and fighting against this proposition both by active canvassing, political contributions and other democratic processes, but are met with staunch opposition, discrimination, outright hatred and political setbacks by their neighbors.


The show climaxes near the end of the series when a benefit to support opposition to Proposition 14 hosted at Brian's club Babylon (after repeated relocations of the benefit, due to discrimination) is attacked by a bomb that kills 4 (including one supporting character) and injures 67.


This horrible event sets the bittersweet tone for the last three episodes in which Brian, frightened into reality by his third possible loss of Justin to an early death, finally declares his love for him. The two even plan a wedding, but Justin's artistic abilities get noticed by a New York agency and the two decide in favor of a more realistic approach to a relationship that works for their characters. Melanie and Lindsay, realizing they have more in common than they don't, resolve their relationship but relocate to Canada to "raise (their children) in an environment where they will be not called names, singled-out for discrimination, or ever have to fear for their life."


Brian and Justin resolve their relationship, as do Deb & Horvath, and the lesbians; Emmett becomes a Queer-Eye type TV presenter but is later fired when a professional football player kisses him on the news. Ted confronts his midlife crisis head-on and finally reunited with Blake. Hunter returns and the Novotny-Bruckner family perseveres.


The series came full circle with the final scenes staged in the newly re-built Babylon nightclub. In the final scene, Brian dances to Heather Small's "Proud," a song that accompanied a pivotal scene between Brian and Michael in the very first episode of the series, as Michael recites the final lines:


So the "thumpa thumpa" continues. It always will. No matter what happens. No matter who's president. As our lady of Disco, the divine Miss Gloria Gaynor has always sung to us: We will survive.


Cultural implications

The American version of Queer as Folk quickly became the number one show on the Showtime roster. The network's initial marketing of the show was primarily targeted at gay male audiences, yet a sizeable segment of the viewership turned out to be straight women.


Groundbreaking scenes abounded in Queer as Folk, beginning with the first episode, containing the first simulated explicit sex scene between two men shown on American television (including mutual masturbation, anal sex, and rimming), albeit more tame than the scene it was based on in the UK version. Despite the frank portrayals of drug use and casual sex in the gay club scene, the expected conservative uproar never materialized. Mutual masturbation is a sexual act where two or more people stimulate one another sexually, usually with the hands. ... Roman men having anal sex. ... 14th century manuscript illustration of the accusations of sodomy against the Knights Templar Anal-oral contact (commonly referred to as anilingus and colloquially known as rimming or tossing salad) is sexual activity involving contact between the anus or perianal areas of one person and the mouth of another. ...


Initially, most of the actors kept their real-life sexual orientations ambiguous in the press so as not to detract from their characters, causing much speculation among the viewing audience. Since that time, Randy Harrison, Peter Paige, Robert Gant and Jack Weatherall have stated that they are gay, while the remainder of the cast have stated they are straight or have avoided public discussion of their orientation.


Controversial storylines which have been explored in Queer As Folk have included: coming out, same-sex marriage, recreational drug use and abuse (cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, cannabis); gay adoption, artificial insemination; vigilantism; gay-bashing; safe sex, HIV-positive status, child prostitution; actively gay Catholic priests; discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, the internet pornography industry and bug-chasers (HIV-negative individuals who actively seek to become HIV-positive). Coming out of the closet (very often shortened to coming out in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of ones sexual orientation, sexual attractions, gender identity, or (less commonly) paraphilia. ... Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... This article is about the drug Cocaine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), most commonly known today by the street name ecstasy, is a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family whose primary effect is to stimulate the secretion of and inhibit the re-uptake of large amounts of serotonin as well as dopamine and noradrenaline in the brain, causing... Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (4-hydroxybutanoic acid, C4H8O3) is both a drug and a naturally occurring compound found in the mammalian brain, where it might function as a neurotransmitter. ... Ketamine is a general dissociative anaesthetic for human and veterinary use. ... Species Cannabis indica Cannabis ruderalis Cannabis sativa Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes one or more species. ... Legal status of gay adoption in Europe (map needs to be changed; UK, Norway, Iceland see text). ... Artificial insemination (AI) is when sperm is placed into a females ovarian follicle (intrafollicular), uterus (intrauterine), cervix (intracervical), or fallopian tubes (intratubal) using artificial means rather than by natural copulation. ... For the aircraft, see A-5 Vigilante. ... Gay bashing, dyke bashing, bi-bashing, trans bashing, and queer bashing are pejorative terms used to describe verbal confrontation with, denigration of, or physical violence against allegedly gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered people, collectively LGBT or queer, because of their apparent sexuality. ... Stop AIDS Project marchers at San Francisco Pride 2004. ... HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that infects cells of the human immune system. ... A woman who exercises prostitution in Germany Prostitution is the sale of sexual services, such as oral sex or sexual intercourse, for money. ... Sexual orientation refers to the sexual gender(s) to which a person is attracted and which form the focus of a persons amorous or erotic desires, fantasies, and spontaneous feelings, in other words the gender(s) toward which one is primarily oriented. The alternative terms sexual preference and sexual... Pavonazzeto marble sculpture, see Erotic art in Pompeii Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφία pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of prostitutes) (also informally referred to as porn or porno) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but distinct from, erotica. ...


The series was set in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which it depicted with a good deal of creative license. Pittsburgh was chosen as the closest parallel to the U.K. series' industrial setting of Manchester, England. However, since Pittsburgh does not have a large gay district like San Francisco or New York, almost all of the Liberty Avenue scenes were filmed in and around the Church and Wellesley area of Toronto which is that city's gay village. In fact, not a single shot of the real Liberty Avenue was ever used in the series. Toronto was chosen as the production center of the series because of its lower cost of production and established mature television and film industry. And, as it happens, Toronto's gay village had the look the producers needed to bring their vision of Liberty Avenue alive. Skyline of downtown Pittsburgh Pittsburgh is a city in Western Pennsylvania, United States, and the county seat of Allegheny County. ... This article is about the city in England. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Official language(s) English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... View of Church Street looking north from Maitland Street Church and Wellesley is a gay-oriented community located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ...


Woody's, the central bar in this fantasy Pittsburgh, is the name of a leading gay bar in Toronto, whose real exterior was shot with only minor disguise. (In a Season 4 episode in which several characters travelled to Toronto, the real Woody's was dubbed "Moosie's".) While Pegasus, the most popular gay club in Pittsburgh, is located on the real-life Liberty Avenue, it is not the gay mecca that is portrayed on the show.


The series has, at times, made humorous reference to its image in the gay community. A few episodes featured show-within-a-show Gay as Blazes, a dull, politically-correct drama which Brian particularly disagreed with, and which was eventually cancelled.


Criticisms of Queer as Folk

In many ways, the American series was groundbreaking on many social levels. Because of this, many gay critics and audience members, citing their under-representation in the past, have all made public claims that the show had a certain level of social responsibility. This feeling is perhaps the strongest reason for much criticism and controversy within the gay community concerning Queer as Folk's portrayal of gay and lesbian issues.


Like the original UK series, Queer as Folk has been strongly criticized by some in the gay community for what they feel is an unrealistic portrayal of actual gay relationships and/or gay life. The producers of the show have stressed from the beginning both in a written statement that appeared at the end of each show (Seasons 1-3) and in the press, that they were not attempting to make any representations or generalizations. However, many in the gay press have nonetheless charged that this would be the effect on many viewers, whether desired or not. A few gay columnists have therefore taken issue with what they feel are unrealistic portrayals as well as "hidden agendas" within the show's content. Examples used have been the lack of people of color on the show, the unrealistic (overly attractive) portrayal of patrons at bars/clubs, the overabundance of public sex at the bars (which is illegal in most places in the US, including Pennsylvania), and finally, the vilification of certain aspects of some gay men's lives (such as bareback sex), yet complacent treatment of hard-drug use and infidelity which, as critics have charged, is a taking of sides on controversial issues within the queer community and fails to "non-represent." The lack of the realism of the setting has also been criticized, since the program depicts the gay scene in Pittsburgh as much more urbane and arguably sophisticated than it actually is. Barebacking is a term that originated in gay slang for anal sex without the use of a condom. ...


Still, others claim that while the depiction of drugs and sex is realistic, its portrayal is a counter-productive airing of "dirty laundry" to the larger community, to whom the gay community is appealing for legal protection of their civil rights.


Others in the gay community have praised it for its reflection of previously-taboo aspects of their lives, whether realistic or romanticized. On balance, many viewers see the show in a generally positive light for its contribution to gay media exposure.


Some critics and fans alike point out that some of these issues (including the lack of racial diversity and the heavy focus on sex) are common in TV shows about heterosexuals, too. As such, they argue that it is unfair to single out Queer as Folk for criticism on these issues.


Cast

Gale Harold Gale Morgan Harold III (born on July 10, 1969 in Decatur, Georgia United States) is an American actor. ... Hal Sparks Hal Sparks (born September 25, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an actor and comedian best known for his role of Michael Novotny on the American television series Queer as Folk. ... Randy Harrison in GLAAD Media Awards 2002 Randolph C. Harrison (also known as Randy Harrison, born November 2, 1977 in Nashua, New Hampshire) was raised in Alpharetta, Georgia and is an American actor, most known for his role as Justin Taylor on the drama Queer as Folk. ... Peter Paige Peter Paige (born June 20, 1968 in West Hartford, Connecticut) is an American actor. ... Scott Lowell born February 22, 1965 in Denver, Colorado) is an American actor best known for his role as Theodore Ted Schmidt on Showtimes Queer as Folk. ... Thea Gill Thea Gill, born April 5, 19?? in Vancouver, British Columbia is a Canadian actress best known for her starring role as Lindsay Peterson on the hit Showtime show Queer as Folk. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Sharon Gless (born 31 May 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an actress. ... Chris Potter born August 23, 1960 in Toronto, Canada is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Dr. David Cameron on Showtimes Queer as Folk. ... Robert Gant Robert Gant (born Robert Gonzalez on July 13, 1968 in Tampa, Florida) is an American actor. ... Harris Allan Harris Allan (born February 11, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian actor. ... Sherry Miller is a Canadian actress. ... Makyla Smith is a Canadian actor. ...

Season filmography

Season 1 (2000-2001)

Production Director Writer Original Airdate (U.S.) Original Airdate (Canada)
Pilot (U.S.)* Russell Mulcahy Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman December 3, 2000 Not aired
Pilot (Canada)** Russell Mulcahy Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman Not aired January 22, 2001
Episode 103 Russell Mulcahy Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman December 10, 2000 January 22, 2001**
Episode 104 Kevin Inch Richard Kramer December 17, 2000 January 29, 2001
Episode 105 Kari Skogland Jason Schafer January 7, 2001 February 5, 2001
Episode 106 Kari Skogland Jonathan Tolins January 21, 2001 February 12, 2001
Episode 107 David Wellington Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman January 28, 2001 February 19, 2001
Episode 108 Steve DiMarco Richard Kramer February 4, 2001 February 26, 2001
Episode 109 John Greyson Jason Schafer & Jonathan Tolins February 11, 2001 March 5, 2001
Episode 110 John L'Ecuyer Doug Guinan February 18, 2001 March 12, 2001
Episode 111 Michael DeCarlo Jason Schafer & Jonathan Tolins February 25, 2001 March 19, 2001
Episode 112 John Greyson Richard Kramer, Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman March 4, 2001 March 26, 2001
Episode 113 Ron Oliver Drew Z. Greenberg March 11, 2001 April 2, 2001
Episode 114 Michael DeCarlo Doug Guinan March 18, 2001 April 9, 2001
Episode 115 Alex Chapple Garth Wingfield April 1, 2001 April 16, 2001
Episode 116 Jeremy Podeswa Jason Schafer April 8, 2001 April 23, 2001
Episode 117 Michael DeCarlo Jonathan Tolins April 15, 2001 April 30, 2001
Episode 118 Russell Mulcahy Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Jason Schafer & Jonathan Tolins April 22, 2001 May 7, 2001
Episode 119 David Wellington Garth Wingfield April 29, 2001 May 14, 2001
Episode 120 Russell Mulcahy Jason Schafer & Jonathan Tolins June 10, 2001 May 21, 2001
Episode 121 Michael DeCarlo Garth Wingfield June 17, 2001 May 28, 2001
Episode 122 Alex Chapple Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman June 24, 2001 June 25, 2001

'*'The U.S. Pilot consisted of Episodes 101 and 102 combined into a single episode (90 minutes). '**'The Canadian Pilot consisted of Episodes 101, 102 and 103 combined into a TV movie (150 minutes including commercials). This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Russell Mulcahy (born January 1, 1953) is a film director, born in Melbourne, Australia. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Russell Mulcahy (born January 1, 1953) is a film director, born in Melbourne, Australia. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Russell Mulcahy (born January 1, 1953) is a film director, born in Melbourne, Australia. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... The Honorable Richard A. Kramer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on July 22, 1947 and graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1972 as a Doctor of Jurisprudence, following a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude degree in political science in 1969. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... The Honorable Richard A. Kramer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on July 22, 1947 and graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1972 as a Doctor of Jurisprudence, following a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude degree in political science in 1969. ... John Greyson (born 1960 in Nelson, British Columbia) is a Canadian filmmaker, whose work frequently deals with gay themes. ... John Greyson (born 1960 in Nelson, British Columbia) is a Canadian filmmaker, whose work frequently deals with gay themes. ... The Honorable Richard A. Kramer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on July 22, 1947 and graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1972 as a Doctor of Jurisprudence, following a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude degree in political science in 1969. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian/American film and television director. ... Russell Mulcahy (born January 1, 1953) is a film director, born in Melbourne, Australia. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Russell Mulcahy (born January 1, 1953) is a film director, born in Melbourne, Australia. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ...


NOTE: After their original broadcasts, the Pilots were re-edited into individual episodes (101, 102 and 103). Episode 102 was also lengthened by two scenes to expand its original run time within the Pilots. This expanded version was broadcast on both Showtime and Showcase during reruns of the first season but was not included on the First Season DVD package (the U.S. Pilot was used).


Season 2 (2002)

Production Director Writer Original Airdate (U.S.) Original Airdate (Canada)
Episode 201 Alex Chapple Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman January 6, 2002 January 21, 2002
Episode 202 John Greyson Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman January 13, 2002 January 28, 2002
Episode 203 Michael DeCarlo Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Karen Walton January 20, 2002 February 4, 2002
Episode 204 Kevin Inch Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan January 27, 2002 February 11, 2002
Episode 205 David Wellington Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Efrem Seeger February 3, 2002 February 18, 2002
Episode 206 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Matt Pyken & Michael Berns February 10, 2002 February 25, 2002
Episode 207 Michael DeCarlo Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Blair Fell February 17, 2002 March 4, 2002
Episode 208 Alex Chapple Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan March 3, 2002 March 11, 2002
Episode 209 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Efrem Seeger March 10, 2002 March 18, 2002
Episode 210 Michael DeCarlo Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Matt Pyken & Michael Berns March 17, 2002 March 25, 2002
Episode 211 Kevin Inch Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Karen Walton March 31, 2002 April 1, 2002
Episode 212 Thom Best Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan April 7, 2002 April 8, 2002
Episode 213 John Greyson Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Efrem Seeger April 14, 2002 April 15, 2002
Episode 214 John Fawcett Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Matt Pyken & Michael Berns April 28, 2002 April 29, 2002
Episode 215 Jeremy Podeswa Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Karen Walton May 5, 2002 May 6, 2002
Episode 216 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan May 12, 2002 May 13, 2002
Episode 217 Davdi Wellington Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Efrem Seeger May 26, 2002 May 27, 2002
Episode 218 Alex Chapple Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Matt Pyken & Michael Berns June 2, 2002 June 3, 2002
Episode 219 Michael DeCarlo Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Efrem Seeger, Michael MacLennan, Matt Pyken & Michael Berns June 9, 2002 June 10, 2002
Episode 220 David Wellington Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman June 16, 2002 June 17, 2002

2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... John Greyson (born 1960 in Nelson, British Columbia) is a Canadian filmmaker, whose work frequently deals with gay themes. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... John Greyson (born 1960 in Nelson, British Columbia) is a Canadian filmmaker, whose work frequently deals with gay themes. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... John Fawcett (29 August 1768 – 1837) was an English actor and playwright. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian/American film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ...

Season 3 (2003)

Production Director Writer Original Airdate (U.S.) Original Airdate (Canada)
Episode 301 Jeremy Podeswa Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman March 2, 2003 April 7, 2003
Episode 302 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan March 9, 2003 April 14, 2003
Episode 303 Laurie Lynd Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Efrem Seeger March 16, 2003 April 21, 2003
Episode 304 Kari Skogland Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Del Shores March 30, 2003 April 28, 2003
Episode 305 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff April 6, 2003 May 5, 2003
Episode 306 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, & Brad Fraser April 13, 2003 May 12, 2003
Episode 307 Kevin Inch Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan April 20, 2003 May 19, 2003
Episode 308 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Efrem Seeger April 27, 2003 May 26, 2003
Episode 309 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Del Shores May 11, 2003 June 2, 2003
Episode 310 Kevin Inch Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff May 18, 2003 June 9, 2003
Episode 311 Chris Grismer Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Brad Fraser May 25, 2003 June 16, 2003
Episode 312 David Wellington Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan June 8, 2003 June 23, 2003
Episode 313 Alex Chapple Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Efrem Seeger June 15, 2003 June 30, 2003
Episode 314 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman June 22, 2003 July 7, 2003

2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian/American film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ...

Season 4 (2004)

Production Director Writer Original Airdate (U.S.) Original Airdate (Canada)
Episode 401 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman April 18, 2004 April 19, 2004
Episode 402 Jeremy Podeswa Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan April 25, 2004 April 26, 2004
Episode 403 Chris Grismer Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Brad Fraser May 2, 2004 May 3, 2004
Episode 404 Kevin Inch Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Del Shores May 9, 2004 May 10, 2004
Episode 405 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff May 16, 2004 May 17, 2004
Episode 406 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, & Michael MacLennan May 23, 2004 May 24, 2004
Episode 407 Alex Chapple Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Brad Fraser May 30, 2004 May 31, 2004
Episode 408 Bruce McDonald Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Del Shores June 6, 2004 June 7, 2004
Episode 409 Kevin Inch Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff June 13, 2004 June 14, 2004
Episode 410 John Fawcett Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan June 20, 2004 June 21, 2004
Episode 411 Thom Best Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Del Shores June 27, 2004 June 28, 2004
Episode 412 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Brad Fraser July 4, 2004 July 5, 2004
Episode 413 Michael DeCarlo Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff July 11, 2004 July 12, 2004
Episode 414 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman July 18, 2004 July 19, 2004

2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian/American film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... John Fawcett (29 August 1768 – 1837) was an English actor and playwright. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ...

Season 5 (2005)

Production Director Writer Original Airdate (U.S.) Original Airdate (Canada)
Episode 501 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman May 22, 2005 May 23, 2005
Episode 502 Michael DeCarlo Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Del Shores May 22, 2005 May 30, 2005
Episode 503 Michael DeCarlo Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Brad Fraser May 29, 2005 June 6, 2005
Episode 504 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan June 5, 2005 June 13, 2005
Episode 505 Chris Grismer Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff June 12, 2005 June 20, 2005
Episode 506 Alex Chapple Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, & Del Shores June 19, 2005 June 27, 2005
Episode 507 Thom Best Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff June 26, 2005 July 4, 2005
Episode 508 Thom Best Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shawn Postoff July 3, 2005 July 11, 2005
Episode 509 David Wellington Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Brad Fraser July 10, 2005 July 18, 2005
Episode 510 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Shores July 17, 2005 July 25, 2005
Episode 511 David Wellington Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Brad Fraser July 24, 2005 August 1, 2005
Episode 512 John Fawcett Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman & Michael MacLennan July 31, 2005 August 8, 2005
Episode 513 Kelly Makin Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman August 7, 2005 August 15, 2005

This Showtime original drama was aired in the U.S. at 10pm ET/PT on Sunday nights. It was broadcast in Canada on Showcase on Mondays at 10pm ET/PT where it was labelled a Showcase Original. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ... John Fawcett (29 August 1768 – 1837) was an English actor and playwright. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Michael Lewis MacLennan (June 5, 1968) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and producer of television shows. ... Kelly Makin (born 1960s?) is a Canadian television and movie director. ... Ron Cowen is a writer and producer. ... Daniel Lipman is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ...


It was produced by CowLip Productions, Tony Jonas Productions and Temple Street Productions in association with Channel 4 Television (the co-owner of the original UK series) and Showcase Television. Warner Bros. Television holds the international distribution rights to the series outside the US and Canada.


All five seasons were filmed in wide-screen HDTV however only seasons 4 and 5 were regularly broadcast in HDTV in both the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., Showtime did run Seasons 1, 2 and 3 in HDTV on Tuesday nights as a special repeat of an episode's full-screen broadcast the previous Sunday. These HDTV broadcasts from the first three seasons were not broadcast by Showcase in Canada. The episodes that appear in the commercially released DVD packages were taken from the HDTV versions.


Keeping up with the technology, Queer as Folk's Season 5 was one of the first series to be recorded using the relatively new digital video process rather than being made exclusively on film. The raw digital video was combined with some scenes that were filmed into a finished episode and then color corrected using a computer process to make the entire episode appear to be filmed.


Throughout all five seasons, the series was filmed primarily at Dufferin Gate Studios in Etobicoke, Ontario (a southwestern borough of Toronto).


Many of Season 3's non-location scenes of Babylon, Woody's and Liberty Diner were filmed at Greystone Studios in Mississauga (the city adjacent to Toronto's western border).


These same scenes for seasons 4 and 5 were filmed at the now-former Dufferin Gate Studios "B Studio" in Mississauga about 10-15 minutes from Dufferin Gate's home studio in Etobicoke. (This studio is now used by Shaftesbury Films as the home base for a Canadian series called ReGenesis). ReGenesis is a Canadian television program produced by The Movie Network and Movie Central. ...


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