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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 • 284 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.

    Frasier Dates a Gay Guy

    Frasier Dates a Gay Guy

    “The Doctor Is Out” (September 30, 2003)
    Three episodes into its final season, the gay subtext of Frasier comes to a climax, so to speak, when a dashing opera director played by Patrick Stewart becomes infatuated with Dr. Crane — and Frasier goes along with it about as far as a confirmed hetero can. This is our final episode of the year! We did so many episodes! Isn’t it amazing what you can do when sex and socializing are completely off the table? AUGH!
    Listen to our previous Frasier episodes: Frasier’s Boss Is Gay (our first episode ever!) and Frasier Has a Gay Dream.  
    And special thanks to Matt Baume whose Culture Cruise installment about this episode pointed out the relationship between it and the dawn of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and the perception that gay men can be a heterosexual’s guide to the finer side of life.  
    Shop for Gayest Episode Ever shirts, totes and more on our TeePublic page.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn
    This episode’s outro track is “Take It as a Game” by Evelyn Barry: Apple Music • Amazon Music • Spotify

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Will & Jack Embrace Every Gay Stereotype

    Will & Jack Embrace Every Gay Stereotype

    “Fagmalion, Part Two: Attack of the Clones” (January 30, 2003) — We’re covering part two of a four-part Will & Grace arc, but it actually make sense in that this itself is part two of two-part crossover with Kyle Getz and Mike Johnson from the podcast Gayish, which is all about the stereotypes that surround gay identity. Is this Will & Grace a carnival of gay horrors? Yes, but that doesn’t mean this show isn’t worth examining.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    A.C. Slater Was Gay for Zack Morris… for Five Seconds

    A.C. Slater Was Gay for Zack Morris… for Five Seconds

    “The Zack Tapes” (December 2, 1989)
    What’s gay about Saved By the Bell, aside from Slater’s singlets and Tori’s leather jacket? Well, there is one episode that very briefly demonstrated that same-sex attraction was a thing — on Saturday morning, no less. It’s all he more surprising because the new Saved By the Bell manages to make amends for all the things the original series did wrong except feature any kind of same-sex love. And yes, we’re doing this episode because we really dug the reboot anyway.
    Watch the little-seen original pilot for Good Morning, Miss Bliss here, and watch the very un-Saved By the Bell opening credits here.
    The Neverending Story theme as performed by Kids Incorporated is as weird as Glen remembers.
    Watch Leanna Creel appear alongside her triplet sisters in The Cell, the one movie they made together that didn’t star Hayley Mills.
    Also check out these promo photos of Tori, Jessie and Kelly all in the same place at the same time, thereby nullifying the Tori Paradox.
    Listen to Go Bayside, the SbtB podcast that inspired Talking Simpsons, which in turn inspired this show.
    Shop for Gayest Episode Ever shirts, totes and more on our TeePublic page.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon! Follow: GEE on Facebook • GEE on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn 
    The outro track for this episode is “Go for It” by the little-known Los Angeles girl group Hot Sundae. Listen to it on YouTube here.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Golden Girls Meet a Trans Man

    The Golden Girls Meet a Trans Man

    “Strange Bedfellows” (November 7, 1987)
    The Golden Girls is beloved by many in the queer community, and for good reason, but the series is not batting a thousand when it comes to LGBT representation. This third season episode features a character who may just be the first trans man character on American TV. It’s… not great, but not wholly a disaster, and writer Henry Giardina is here to offer the perspective of a GG newbie.
    Listen to our previous Golden Girls episodes:
    Glen Writes a Golden Girls (a.k.a. “Vince Meat”) The Golden Girls Had a Gay Live-In Cook Blache’s Homo Brother Wants to Get Gay Married Blanche’s Brother Is a Homo Dorothy’s Friend Is a Lesbian Subscribe to Henry’s newsletter, Less Art. Read Henry’s NewNowNext piece where he interviews Glen and Drew. And here is the Mary Ann Doane article Henry mentions.
    If you are a big Golden Girls fan, check out Jim Colucci’s book on every episode of the show, Golden Girls Forever. But also here is Drew’s interview with the Golden Girls writers.
    Subscribe to Katherine’s food history podcast Smart Mouth and hear Drew’s episode next week, where he talks all about egg nog, the noggiest holiday drink ever.
    Listen to Double Threat’s Halloween special with Butch Patrick. But also listen to Julie Klausner’s episode of Good One, where she goes in depth about a single pussy joke.
    Shop for Gayest Episode Ever shirts, totes and more on our TeePublic page.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn • SoundCloud
    This episode’s outro track is “Around My Dream” by Silver Pozzoli: Apple Music • Amazon Music • Spotify

    • 1 hr 49 min
    ALF Never Did a Gay Episode

    ALF Never Did a Gay Episode

    “We Are Family” (May 2, 1988)
    Finally, at long last, ALF! This is the first in a new series where Drew and Glen discuss shows that never did a gay episode. “But wait, Drew and Glen! You have done episodes that weren’t explicitly gay before,” you may be saying. This is true, but at the very least we could pretend that the writer maybe-kinda-sorta had some gay metaphor in mind. This new series is for all the shows that never even treaded that far, but we think there’s something to talk about anyway. In this episode, ALF contemplates coming out as an alien, even if going public might poses risks to his personal liberties. Sandy Duncan does and does not make a cameo.
    Purchase Glen’s iconic “ALF Says ‘Gay Rights’” design at our Teepublic store and improve your overall quality of life.
    Watch NBC’s 75th anniversary special, where ALF makes a cameo and, in doing so, pissed off Tina Fey.
    The false binary of hefty vs. wimpy
    Listen to Drew’s new 80s music podcast, Deep Cuts and Superficial Wounds: Mixcloud •  iTunes •  Stitcher • Libsyn • Google Podcasts
    Shop for Gayest Episode Ever shirts, totes and more on our TeePublic page.
    Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
    Support us on Patreon!
    Follow: GEE on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Glen on Twitter
    Listen: iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Google Play • Google Podcasts • Himalaya • TuneIn • SoundCloud
    This episode’s outro track is “Hallo ALF, Hier ist Rhonda” by Tommi Piper with Amélie Sandmann, which is perhaps not surprisingly unavailable on all the American streaming services.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Spin City Stumps for Same-Sex Marriage

    Spin City Stumps for Same-Sex Marriage

    “Grand Illusion” (October 29, 1996) — The first LGBT-themed episode from Spin City makes the odd decision to focus not on the out gay character, Michael Boatman’s Carter Heywood, but instead on Connie Britton’s Nikki. Drew thinks is lame.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
284 Ratings

284 Ratings

Dean Kewntz ,

One of My Favorite Podcasts

I can’t get enough of this podcast. Even when they cover shows I’ve never seen, I find their discussion so entertaining and informed. Thank you Drew and Glen!

DDAjr ,

My favorite podcast

This is my favorite podcast. It really is like hanging out with friends and just talking about favorite things, random trivia and weird things. It is also added to my enjoyment of watching classic TV. I enjoy Drew and Glen’s dynamic and how welcoming they are when they bring guests into the show. And even when I am annoying and Tweet things at them, they are gracious in their replies.

Billyrid ,

Drew and Glen!

Drew and Glen do a great job presenting a thoughtful breakdown of the very special episodes of classic TV shows that also happen to be the very queer episodes.

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