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Back in the day, a major sitcom doing a gay episode was a big deal. A proper gay episode would get headlines, but it would get the attention of two young guys who were still figuring things out — sexuality-wise and culture-wise. Gayest Episode Ever has screenwriter Glen Lakin and stay-at-home journalist Drew Mackie going through the great and not-so-great gay episodes of sitcoms past.

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Back in the day, a major sitcom doing a gay episode was a big deal. A proper gay episode would get headlines, but it would get the attention of two young guys who were still figuring things out — sexuality-wise and culture-wise. Gayest Episode Ever has screenwriter Glen Lakin and stay-at-home journalist Drew Mackie going through the great and not-so-great gay episodes of sitcoms past.

    The Naked Truth Has Two Pretend Gays (Zero Actual Gays)

    The Naked Truth Has Two Pretend Gays (Zero Actual Gays)

    “Woman Gets Plastered, Star Gets Even” (January 23, 1997)
    There was a time when two different networks were trying to push Téa Leoni as a sitcom star. The Naked Truth’s three seasons spanned ABC and NBC, and while it didn’t launch Leoni to TV success at this point in her career, Glen and Drew share a love of all things Téa with our guest, comedian H. Alan Scott. This episode is one of the more forgettable gay sitcom episodes sure, but there’s something to learn from the sitcoms that manage to make LGBT themes seem boring and banal. Right?
    Listen to H. Alan’s podcast, You’re Making It Worse.
    Watch Drew’s video compilation of every LGBT joke ever on the history of The Simpsons.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE’s Facebook Group • GEE on Twitter • GEE on Instagram •  Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn
    The episode’s outro track is “Follow Me” by Giusy Dej, which is not on any of the streaming services so why not listen to it on YouTube?

    • 1 hrs 44분
    Boy Meets World Accidentally Does a Trans Episode

    Boy Meets World Accidentally Does a Trans Episode

    “Chick Like Me” (January 31, 1997)
    Rider Strong’s Shawn Hunter is not canonically a trans character, but there is a season-four episode of Boy Meets World that gives you all the evidence you’d need to conclude that Shawn might be. For this extra-long episode — possibly our longest! — we are joined by Faati the Street, who explains why this one episode speaks volumes about the trans experience, even if it was not the intention of anyone involved in the episode’s creation.
    Read Faati’s Twitter thread “The Silencing of the Shrew.” Also read their promised list of Doom Patrol trigger warnings.
    Read Trina McGee’s 1999 L.A. Times column on Shawn and Angela’s interracial relationship.
    Listen to Monday Afternoon Movie’s episode about the Linda Blair TV movie Stranger in Our House.
    Listen to the Talking Simpsons episode that explains the Julia Sweeney/Dr. Hibbert connection.
    The “Snake” anti-drug PSA that Glen mentions.
    Samus Aran from Metroid is a trans woman.
    Watch Drew’s video compilation of every LGBT joke ever on the history of The Simpsons.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE’s Facebook Group • GEE on Twitter • GEE on Instagram •  Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn
    The episode’s outro track is “I Never Dance” by Crysalis, which is not on any of the streaming services so why not listen to it on YouTube?

    • 2 hrs 41분
    Kate & Allie Meet a Lesbian Couple

    Kate & Allie Meet a Lesbian Couple

    “Landlady” (October 15, 1984)
    Right at the top of its second season, Kate & Allie did the thing so many sitcoms do and put out an episode that explicitly says “No, these characters aren’t gay.” In this case, CBS had allegedly worried that viewers might suspect Susan St. James and Jane Curtain’s characters are anything other than platonic friends. On hand to discuss the show’s lesbian underpinnings is Leah Kopperman, the queer woman of our dreams and the winner of an exhaustive nationwide search for the guest who can offer context for this 80s TV favorite.
    Listen to our ”Cartoons That Made Us Gay” episode.
    Listen to Smart Mouth’s mochi episode.
    If you’re interested, check out The Preppy Handbook and Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. Also watch SNL’s “Dyke and Fats” sketch.
    Watch Drew’s video compilation of every LGBT joke ever on the history of The Simpsons.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE’s Facebook Group • GEE on Twitter • GEE on Instagram •  Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn
    This episode’s outro track is “I Can’t Love (Female Version)” by Charley, which is not on any of the streaming services so why don’t you listen to it on Youtube?

    • 1 hrs 55분
    Love, Sidney May Just Be the First Gay Sitcom

    Love, Sidney May Just Be the First Gay Sitcom

    “Alison” (May 16, 1983)
    Most of you haven’t had the chance to watch Love, Sidney, the the NBC series that ran from 1981 to 1983 and which featured Tony Randall as the title character — a gay man who is out to everyone but the audience. The show features queer themes more than you’ve been led to believe, perhaps, and interestingly it’s the hourlong episode “Alison” that showcases Sidney’s sexuality by giving him a female love interest. What results is poignant, personal and more progressive than you’d expect from a broadcast network sitcom at the time. To discuss this landmark show, we are joined by Steven Capsuto, author and historian focusing on queer representation of television.
    Buy the revised edition of Steven’s book, Alternate Channels: Queer Images on 20th-Century TV.
    Watch the TV movie that preceded Love, Sidney, Sidney Shorr, A Girl’s Best Friend.
    Read Charles Morrow’s article on Tony Randall, “Love, Lennie.”
    Watch Drew’s video compilation of every LGBT joke ever on the history of The Simpsons.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE’s Facebook Group • GEE on Twitter • GEE on Instagram • Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn
    This episode’s outro track is “Love Resurrection” by Allison Moyet: Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music

    • 1 hrs 51분
    Family Matters Never Did a Gay Episode

    Family Matters Never Did a Gay Episode

    “Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool” (November 12, 1993)
    Yep, we finally figured out a way to talk about Family Matters. When Laura asks Steve why he is the way his is, he says he’s born this way — but then he uses science to become someone else. The metaphors are easy to make, even if the writers probably didn’t have anything gay in mind when they made this episode. Prepare for an overview of all the Family Matters lore you forgot you knew.
    Listen and subscribe to your new favorite classic RPG podcast, Square Roots: Apple Podcasts • Google Podcasts • Spotify • Twitter • Facebook
    Listen to Katherine discuss the history of pineapples with Andrew Ti on Smart Mouth.
    Watch how Perfect Strangers previewed Family Matters back in the day. Also? Urkel-os! Also? Do the Urkel!
    Watch Veronica Mars’ AWOL mom in the opening credits to TGIF’s Free Spirit. Also check her out as Prank, the proto-Harley Quinn to Mark Hamill’s Trickster on the 90s Flash series.
    Read the L.A. Times piece comparing Urkel to The Fonz.
    Why did Jo Marie Payton leave Family Matters midway through the last season?
    Watch Drew’s video compilation of every LGBT joke ever on the history of The Simpsons.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE’s Facebook Group • GEE on Twitter • GEE on Instagram • Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn
    This episode’s outro track is “A Full Rotation” by Repetition, which is not on any of the streaming services so may just listen on YouTube?

    • 1 hrs 42분
    Batgirl Is a Little Gay Boy’s Fantasy

    Batgirl Is a Little Gay Boy’s Fantasy

    “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” (September 14, 1967)
    The final season of the 1966 live-action Batman series saw the debut of Batgirl, a twirling, high-kicking female hero created to get more  girls invested in the series — and more dads to keep paying attention. But Batgirl’s creators didn’t count on the fact that they were creating the exact kind of character that little gay boys would become obsessed with. Thanks in part to Yvonne Craig’s spot-on performance, Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl) became one of the most queer-friendly aspects to an already queer series, and joining us discuss her big debut is Glen Weldon, co-host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and author of The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture.
    Buy Glen’s book on Batman, nerds and pop culture.
    Listen and subscribe to your new favorite classic RPG podcast, Square Roots: Apple Podcasts • Google Podcasts • Spotify • Twitter • Facebook
    Listen to Smart Mouth’s episode on the history of garlic bread.
    Watch Yvonne Craig, Adam West and Burt Ward re-team for a 1974 PSA about equal pay for female employees.
    Watch Lesley Gore rock a taupe turtleneck while performing “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” in the Yvonne Craig film Ski Party.
    Enjoy Burgess Meredith’s performance as Golobulus in G.I. Joe: The Movie.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE’s Facebook Group • GEE on Twitter • GEE on Instagram • Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn
    This episode’s outro track is “Give Me the Night” by Facts and Fiction: Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon

    • 1 hrs 42분

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