Gayest Episode Ever
Gayest Episode Ever
Drew Mackie & Glen Lakin / TableCakes Productions
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 Other Two Finds a Daddy
“Pat Connects With Her Fans” (August 26, 2021)  — The Other Two is not a gay show, necessarily, but one of the two titular characters is gay, and through him this sitcom explores aspects of gay life that most shows don’t. Its current season has Cary (Drew Tarver) explore what kind of gay man he wants to be, and this episode in particular does that through a wacky sitcom misunderstanding that’s both expertly crafted and that could only work in a gay context.
Sep 21
1 hr 14 min
Elaine Dates a Gay Guy
Seinfeld, "The Beard" — We kick off a new season with a look at an Elaine-centric Seinfeld in which it’s supposed that a straight woman can cure a gay man if she tries hard enough and Melrose Place is a show that heterosexual men watch only in secret.
Sep 15
1 hr 21 min
He-Man Fights a Gay Bunny-Man
A thousand gay nerds debating on a thousand twitter threads could come up with any number of candidates for the gayest episode ever of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, but the one we’re talking about with Talking Simpsons co-host Henry Gilbert is the one where our hero travels through a swirling rainbow hole to an alternate dimension ruled by a gay-seeming bunny-man who loads a phallic rocket full of his precious, life-giving fluid, and no, we’re not making any of that up.
Aug 17
2 hr 20 min
Did Fraggle Rock Do an Episode About AIDS?
”Gone But Not Forgotten” (February 16, 1987) — In the final season of Fraggle Rock, the episode “Gone But Not Forgotten” features Wembley making a new friend in Mudwell the Mudbunny, who knows he will soon die. Mudwell’s passing and Wembley’s grief serve as not only a general life lesson for young viewers but also a parallel for the life of openly gay Muppet performer Richard Hunt.
Aug 3
1 hr 43 min
Marge Simpson Is a Homophobe and a Transphobe
“There’s Something About Marrying” (February 20, 2005) Gayest Episode Ever would not exist without The Simpsons — mostly because we stole Talking Simpsons’ podcast format and applied it to LGBT episodes of classic sitcoms, and Talking Simpsons would not exist without The Simpsons. But cultural and personal importance aside, there comes a time to point out when a thing you love screws up, and this episode — the one that should be about Marge disapproving about Patty marrying a woman but ends up being a nasty little parable about transphobia — is not the series’ best moment, despite promising bits in the first two acts. We’ve brought in both hosts of the Totally Trans podcast — Ada-Rhodes Short and Henry Giardina — to discuss why Marge really sucks and why the episode’s conclusion is hard for some trans folks to watch even today. Listen to some of Henry and Ada-Rhodes’ favorite episodes of Totally Trans: Spuds MacKenzie Wolverine The Dean from Community Hamlet Ferris Bueller Holly Golightly Read the New York Times article “The Secret History of Leviticus” — the "exception that proves the rule" article about the old testament outlawing homosexuality. Listen to the summer/pride episode of Deep Cuts and Superficial Wounds, Drew’s 80s music podcast.  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 “Summer Time” by Plastic Mode: Apple Music • Spotify
Jun 30
2 hr 4 min
Peter Griffin Becomes a Gay
“Family Gay” (March 8, 2009) Is it anticlimactic to say that this episode of Family Guy is not as terrible as you might expect? It concerns Peter being injected with the gay gene and becoming temporarily gay, and for the Seth MacFarlane of it all, this one gets some stuff right, lands a few decent jokes, biffs some bad ones and sometimes sacrifices laughs altogether to shock, horrify or offend. In short, it’s typical Family Guy. Listen to Drew and Glen on You’re Making It Worse. Listen to the summer/pride episode of Deep Cuts and Superficial Wounds, Drew’s 80s music podcast.  Read the New York Times article “The Secret History of Leviticus” — the "exception that proves the rule" article about the old testament outlawing homosexuality. 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 “Desire” by Yoh-Yo, which is not on any of the streaming services so why not listen to it on YouTube?
Jun 22
1 hr 50 min
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?
Jun 16
1 hr 44 min
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?
Jun 9
2 hr 41 min
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?
Jun 1
1 hr 55 min
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
May 25
1 hr 51 min
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