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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.

Gayest Episode Ever Drew Mackie & Glen Lakin / TableCakes Productions

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 381 Ratings

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 Cartoons That Made Us Gay: Jem & The Holograms

    The Cartoons That Made Us Gay: Jem & The Holograms

    “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 elements — especially in a show that already offers a lot for LGBT viewers. Showtime, Synergy!
    And if you like this episode, you might also like the newest episode of Cartoons That Made Us Gay, which is all about Sailor Moon. You can listen right now on Patreon by pledging just $1 a month. And we’re not charging you all for the next month to account for the lighter content output.
    Show notes:
    Watch a featurette on Jem’s speaking voice singing the main theme for the anime Project A-ko.
    Read the L.A. Times story on Barbie’s victory over Jem.
    Read all about Bill Sanders, creator of Jem and (we’re guessing) a gay person.
    Queer readings of kids shows, previously:
    He-Man with special guest Henry Gilbert Fraggle Rock with special guest Matt Baume Dungeons & Dragons Dinosaurs 80s Cartoons with special guest Ted Biaselli Batman: the Animated Series episode “Harley and Ivy” The logo for The Cartoons That Made Us Gay was designed by Jeff Hinchee. This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    It’s a Will & Grace Christmas!

    It’s a Will & Grace Christmas!

    “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 storyline!
    Mental Floss has an article detailing Kellogg’s Cornflakes and their origin as an effort to get people to m********e less.
    And Daily Beast has a piece on William Faulkner’s long-term love affair with binge drinking.
    Listen to the Monday Afternoon Move episode about The UFO Incident with Scott Philbrook.
    Listen to the Smart Mouth episode titled “Why Are U.S. School Lunches Like This?”
    Listen to the Singing Mountain episode titled “My Save Point Is a Hot Shower.”
    Buy the first issue of Drew and Glen’s new comic anthology, Beyond Sunset.
    Go shop at our TeePublic store!
    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
    And yes, we do have an official website! We even have episode transcripts courtesy of Sarah Neal. Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson. This episode’s art was designed by Ian O’Phelan. 
    This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Totally Trans Talks All in the Family and Beverly LaSalle

    Totally Trans Talks All in the Family and Beverly LaSalle

    Special presentation! The Totally Trans 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…
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    Also follow Totally Trans on Twitter support them on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Out of This World Does a Gender Swap Episode

    Out of This World Does a Gender Swap Episode

    “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 here (PW: garland)
    And here’s the weird clip Drew mentions about the episode with the twins who materialize to sing about bad breath.
    If you want to see what David Lynch TV looks like minus the macabre, watch this clip of On the Air.
    Finally, here is the Lincoln Center performance of Twelfth Night starring Helen Hunt.
    Buy the first issue of Drew and Glen’s new comic anthology, Beyond Sunset.
    Go shop at our TeePublic store!
    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
    And yes, we do have an official website! We even have episode transcripts courtesy of Sarah Neal. Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson. This episode’s art was designed by Ian O’Phelan. This episode was edited by Meika Grimm.
    This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Mad About You Hijacks a Coming Out Storyline

    Mad About You Hijacks a Coming Out Storyline

    “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 A Piece of Pie, 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 here.
    Subscribe to A Piece of Pie on Apple Podcasts and follow them on Twitter.
    Read the New York Times’ write-up on the history of the show.
    Read the Vulture piece on how Mad About You defied categorization.
    Watch Helen Hunt do PCP and then jump through a plate glass window in the after school special Desperate Lives (which is actually not the angel dust movie, which is called Angel Dusted and which is also entertaining).
    Buy the first issue of Drew and Glen’s new comic anthology, Beyond Sunset.
    Go shop at our TeePublic store!
    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
    And yes, we do have an official website! We even have episode transcripts courtesy of Sarah Neal. Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson. This episode’s art was designed by Ian O’Phelan. 
    This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Empty Nest Uses the F-Slur

    Empty Nest Uses the F-Slur

    “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 the interview where Rita Moreno talks about hating the filming of the backdoor pilot to Empty Nest.
    Read the Slate article about how Drew’s tweet inspired an SNL sketch.
    Also read the Slate article about the history of the effeminate wrist.
    Buy the first issue of Drew and Glen’s new comic anthology, Beyond Sunset.
    Go shop at our TeePublic store!
    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
    And yes, we do have an official website! We even have episode transcripts courtesy of Sarah Neal. Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson. This episode’s art was designed by Ian O’Phelan. This episode was edited by Meika Grimm.
    This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
381 Ratings

381 Ratings

jusbow ,

Good show

A very informative and interesting show hosted by two smart funny guys.

Tignoty22 ,

Helping me (a straight cis gendered white male) grow!

This podcast is one of the best additions to the LGBTQ podcast I listen too to help me understand and broaden my horizons and culture
and pursue friendships and community!

Anybody who ever watched a television show or ever had enjoyment out if Sitcoms

absolute challenge to you

to not pick one episode that looks good in their library watch it and then listen to what these guys have to say!

just me....chad ,

LOVE LOVE LOVE

Please bear with me as I try express how much I love and adore this podcast. I must explain, I arrived late to this game, finding it by stalking Drew because of his work on Sam Pancake’s amazing podcast ‘The Monday Afternoon Movie’, and as a self diagnosed crazy person I must listen in order, so I’m currently on Season 3, Episode 36. Unless this podcast takes some insane turn in the future, I think it’s safe to say this is one of my favorite podcasts…EVER.

As a pop culture and television enthusiast, revisiting the shows I grew up watching and loved is like luxuriating in tub of LOVE. I’m a TV addict. I can binge like there is no tomorrow. I used to have three VCRS programmed and running at the same time to capture as many of my precious television episodes at the same time as I could. Trust me when I say, I know a thing or two about TV. I don’t hold a candle to Drew or Glen. I LOVE learning new things regularly about these old episodes of classic shows. I have seen many of these episodes…and you know what…I HAVEN’T seen some of these episodes, too! As shocking as that might be to me…I love that these two fine Gents are bringing me detailed information on important episodes I somehow missed, and I am so thankful!!!

Of course, there are times they talk about things I happen to know more about, but I appreciate and enjoy listening to them discover and share these things with each other.

I’m head over heals in love with Drew.

I’m beside myself crazy for Glen.

I adore and cherish each of their amazing guests and contributors.

It is so fun to be ‘surrounded’ with folks who have a love for the same things I do.

As a person who also works in this business and lives in the same town, I like to imagine we are friends, and that I’m the fourth (even more silent) host of this delightful podcast. Who knows, maybe I will be, someday.

Please do yourself a favor and start listening to this informative, funny and fierce podcast. It’s the next best thing to having watched these shows the first time around.

Drew…Glen…I thank you, for the many hours of infotainments, and I look forward to continuing to catch up with the episodes ahead…and to someday being the officials 4th host.

A++++, Excellent Seller! Super fast delivery, great communication and awesome items!! Would buy from again!!!

xo,
Chad

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