The Worst Episodes of Queer As Folk: When the Show Missed the Mark.

Hey there fellow TV addicts! As a 30-year-old movie enthusiast, I know a thing or two about binge-watching and finding the perfect show to get lost in. And if you’re anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for the next series to add to your queue. That’s why I’m here to talk about one of the most groundbreaking shows of its time: Queer As Folk. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore this show. The characters, the storylines, the representation – it’s all amazing. But let’s be real, even the best shows have their duds. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the worst episodes of Queer As Folk. Get ready to cringe, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear or two (but hopefully not too many).
Fags Are No Different Than People

Fags Are No Different Than People

Season 5 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2005-05-29

Brian and Michael grow further apart as Brian struggles to save Liberty Avenue from gentrification and Michael embraces domestic life. The street may never be the same when Debbie decides to retire from the diner and newcomer Loretta Pye takes over.

Hard Decisions

Hard Decisions

Season 5 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2005-06-05

Brian remains steadfast in his belief that marriage is the death of a relationship. Debbie has a difficult time accepting her role as a lady of leisure – especially when she discovers that Loretta has stolen her act including the button-clad vest right down to the wisecracks. Ted decides to undergo an extreme makeover.

Excluding and Abstemiousness

Excluding and Abstemiousness

Season 5 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2005-06-12

Debbie tries to let Loretta down easy. Brian must refrain from sex after he contracts syphilis. Hunter has to deal with the aftermath of his classmates and their parents discovering how he got HIV. Ted regrets having plastic surgery. Justin and Daphne discuss the possibility (or impossibility) of Brian embracing domestic life. Michael, Melanie, and Lindsey are forced to reevaluate their parenting arrangement when the fight over JR reaches its climax.

Bored Out of Ya Fucking Mind

Bored Out of Ya Fucking Mind

Season 5 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2005-06-19

Brian’s reign as hottest man at Babylon is challenged by the new stud, Brandon. Although a huge success as the “Queer Guy,” Emmett faces a challenge of his own when he realizes he’s been hired as a clown for the network’s ratings. Ted, a new man after his cosmetic surgery, has an opportunity for revenge on an old flame. Ben and Michael attempt to help Hunter lift his spirits and get back to school. Bored as a lady of leisure, Debbie finds herself back at the diner.

Hope Against Hope

Hope Against Hope

Season 5 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2005-06-26

Proposition 14 threatens same sex couple’s rights while Brian deals with the threat of Brandon’s presence in his world. Justin’s decision to move out of Brian’s loft creates a rift between Brian and Michael. Ted struggles to remember he’s with Troy only in order to exact revenge. Lindsay decides to give her parents a chance and moves back home with her son, Gus.

Honest to Yourself

Honest to Yourself

Season 5 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2005-07-03

Justin lands himself in jail for standing up against Proposition 14 and his own father. Brian and Brandon work their way down the list of the ten hottest guys in their competition to determine the real stud of Babylon. Ben grieves Hunter’s departure. Melanie and Lindsay attempt an in-house separation while Emmett’s stalker reveals himself.

Anything in Common

Anything in Common

Season 5 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2005-07-10

The gang fights against Proposition 14. Michael and Brian still aren’t speaking to each other while Lindsay and Melanie’s in-house separation heats up. Drew finally comes out. Ted begins his quest for his Mr. Right.

We Will Survive!

We Will Survive!

Season 5 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2005-08-07

Brian and Justin prepare to marry, but realize they are both denying themselves who they are and call the wedding off. Lindsay and Melanie move to Canada with Michael’s blessing. Michael’s asked to represent the Committee for Human Rights. Ted sees his relationship with Tad for what it really is. The beat of Babylon continues…

Doctors of Dickology

Doctors of Dickology

Season 3 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2003-03-16

Brian lends his expertise to the Center’s “Carnivale” fundraiser and considers Lindsay and Melanie’s sperm-donation request. Ted and Emmett divulge priceless gay-man secrets to Deb, who’s nervous about intimacy with Carl. Ben’s former partner dies.

Starting a Whole New Life

Starting a Whole New Life

Season 4 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2004-05-02

Justin finds himself risking his life with the Pink Posse; Avoiding his friends, Ted finds work as a waiter; Vic decides to move in with Rodney, leaving Debbie alone.

Gay or Straight? That's the Question

Gay or Straight? That’s the Question

Season 4 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2004-06-27

Brian fund-raises for the gay center; Emmett and Drew continue their affair; Sam is ready to fight for Lindsay; Ben and Michael have suspicions about Hunter.

I Love You

I Love You

Season 5 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2005-07-17

Cyndi Lauper makes a guest appearance as Babylon plays host to the Stop Prop14 Benefit – an event that changes everyone’s lives.

Fuckin' Revenge

Fuckin’ Revenge

Season 5 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2005-07-24

Brian re-evaluates his priorities after the bombing of Babylon. Michael continues to recover in the hospital, and a Liberty Avenue vigil for the victims ends in chaos.

Mr. Right (Never Broke a Promise)

Mr. Right (Never Broke a Promise)

Season 5 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2005-07-31

Brian and Justin are getting married! Melanie and Lindsay plan on moving the family to Canada – to raise Gus and Jenny Rebecca in a country where they won’t be humiliated because of their parents’ sexual orientation. Ted may have finally found his Mr. Right. Emmett catches Drew with another man.

Accentuate the Positive

Accentuate the Positive

Season 2 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2002-03-10

Michael fights to get Ben back in his life – he has to prove he can handle the HIV positive situation. Brian is introduced to his mother’s minister – but they’ve already met (not in church). Ted has a really hard time dealing with some performance enhancing drugs.

You Say It's Your Birthday! I Couldn't Care Less!

You Say It’s Your Birthday! I Couldn’t Care Less!

Season 2 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2002-05-12

Brian ignores Justin’s birthday, so Melanie and Lindsay take him to a violin concert – where he meets the gorgeous and talented Ethan. Michael’s surprise party for Ben is a disaster. Ted falls for Luke – he seems perfect, but can he accept Ted’s career in porn?

You Can Leda Girl to Pussy

You Can Leda Girl to Pussy

Season 2 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2002-05-26

Brian has to cancel plans with Justin to impress his new boss at work. Emmett receives a VERY generous gift from the late George. Melanie and Lindsay fight off the dreaded Lesbian Bed Death.

Out with a Whimper

Out with a Whimper

Season 2 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2002-06-16

RAGE GAY CRUSADER: Issue #1. Michael and Justin’s comic is ready to come out, and Brian’s throwing a massive release party at Babylon. Justin is forced to choose between Brian and Ethan. Ben’s going away for six months, but only with Michael’s blessing. Ted’s in love – with Emmett!

Mad Dog Kinney

Mad Dog Kinney

Season 3 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2003-03-02

Michael and Justin face uncertainty over the future of their comic book, “Rage.” Brian doesn’t seem to care that Justin chose Ethan over him – at least initially. Ted and Emmett explore the possibilities of a relationship. Mel and Lindsay talk about having another child.

House Full of Children

House Full of Children

Season 3 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2003-03-09

Having left Brian, Justin must find a way to pay for school; much to Lindsay’s surprise, Melanie expresses her desire to have another baby. Emmett discovers a loophole in his relationship with Ted in order to honor a previously arranged liaison.