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August 12, 2020
That 70s Show, “Eric’s Buddy” (December 6, 1998) — In its first season, the show featured Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a student who befriends Topher Grace’s character — and then kisses him. It may not fully stick the landing, but it at least deserves credit for featuring a boy-on-boy kiss in primetime well before Dawson’s Creek did it.
August 8, 2020
Since you’re apparently subscribed to the feed already, you don’t have to listen to this new teaser for what GEE is all about. You *can* listen to it, but you don’t have to. This is for promotional purposes only. 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 And yes, we do have an official website! And we even have episode transcripts courtesy of Sarah Neal. Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson. This is a TableCakes podcast.  
August 5, 2020
Superstore, “Gender Reveal” (April 12, 2018) — Karen Tongson, chair of the Gender and Sexuality Studies department at USC and the co-host of the Gen X pop culture podcast Waiting to X-Hale, joins Drew and Glen to discuss Superstore, the NBC ensemble comedy. Not only does it have a queer Asian lead character, but as Karen points out, there’s a lot of ambient queerness on the show, in addition to one of the more diverse casts on a sitcom today.
July 29, 2020
“The Competition” (February 13, 1987) — Thanks to two different listers who politely exposed our ignorance, this week you are getting Drew and Glen talking about the one where Heather convinces her boyfriend he’s gay and Mr. Belvedere convinces him he’s not. It’s a weird bit of TV, but it’s also one of the very few family-focused sitcoms of this era to actually acknowledge that gay people exist.
July 15, 2020
“George” (February 16, 1974) — And finally we arrive at the show that back when we were kids was what informed us that the kids’ block of syndicated TV had been turned over to the grown-ups. Now grown-ups ourselves (sorta, kinda), we still can’t get into M*A*S*H, but regardless of our personal feelings we weigh in on why this show was important, even if this second-season gay-themed episode gets a B/B minus. Apologies to the M*A*S*H diehards out there.
July 8, 2020
Roc, “Can’t Help Loving That Man” (October 20, 1991) — Looking at the various 90s-era Fox shows that focused on black characters, Roc was the one with the reputation for tackling social issues with the most gravitas. Early in the show’s run, Richard Roundtree — Shaft himself! — guested as the title character’s uncle, who comes bearing the news that 1) he’s gay; 2) he’s getting married; and 3) his beloved is a white man.
July 1, 2020
This week, we’re not talking about an explicitly LGBT-focused episode of TV. No, we’re talking about the episode of Too Close for Comfort in which a male character, Monroe, is sexually assaulted by two women. This episode serves as a bizarre example of not just how a sitcom can handle a sensitive topic but also how some actors’ offscreen sexuality can color the way their performance is received and even how their characters get written.
June 24, 2020
Can we do a whole 52-minute episode that is essentially about one single joke? Hell yes we can. The fourth episode of I Love Lucy sure seems like it might feature the first gay joke in the history of sitcoms. And although we are open to arguments otherwise, it’s nonetheless interesting to think that the show that wouldn’t allow its married leads to share a bed onscreen would slip even a small gay joke past the network censors.
June 18, 2020
GEE TV is a weird little art project that Drew felt compelled to do. It’s six 80s-era NBC sitcoms in a three-hour block, complete with of-the-era commercials. In order: Silver Spoons, The Facts of Life, Gimme a Break, 227, Empty Nest and Night Court. Hit the audio to hear Drew explain it all to Glen, who’s being a good sport about this.
June 17, 2020
For reasons we can’t imagine, WKRP in Cincinnati decided its third episode should feature a trans-themed B plot alongside an A plot about one of the characters contemplating suicide because people think he’s gay. It’s a lot. And while that plot synopsis might seem like a recipe for disaster, this one is funnier and more progressive than you might expect.
June 10, 2020
Okay, hear us out. Some of you may be surprised that we’re doing American Dad or that Glen and Drew are both fans of it. We put forward the case that it’s a different sort of show than Family Guy is. This episode follows a previous gay-themed installment, and it demonstrates how bringing a homophobe around to respecting queer people as equals isn’t a one-and-done thing; it’s a continual process, and lots of people who think they’re tolerant need to realize when their tolerance has limits.
June 3, 2020
At long last, we’re finally talking about the series that you’ve been dying to hear about… if your name is Drew or Glen. Yeah, we both have memories of liking Herman’s Head. And while its one gay episode does some things right and some things wrong, it’s the first sitcom we’ve discussed that tackles the complicated issue of being queer and also being a parent. It also allows us to talk about all the crazy stuff happening on Fox back in the early 90s.
May 27, 2020
If you were unable to hear the clips in today’s episode, Maude Goes to a Gay Bar, there’s something you can do to avoid this problem in the future. If you *were* able to hear the clips, then you’re good. Go play outside. If the episode would go silent every time Drew and Glen would cut away, then the problem is that you need to get on the new RSS feed. To do this, do one of two things: 1) In whatever app you listen to GEE on, unsubscribe and then re-subscribe. 2) If that doesn’t work, then copy and paste the URL for the new feed into the search field or ‘Add URL’ field and you should be good. Here is that feed. Sorry for this! It’s all SoundCloud’s fault, we swear. If you have any further troubles, hit us up, either on social media or at gayestepisodeever@gmail.com and we’ll sort it out.
May 27, 2020
Maude, “The Gay Bar” (December 3, 1977) — And then there’s Maude! In this final-season installment, Maude battles Arthur (Conrad Bain) over his opposition to a gay bar that’s just opened up in town. It’s basically Arthur having conversation after conversation in which other character break apart his justifications for homophobia. But funny!
May 13, 2020
The New Adventures of Old Christine, “Unidentified Funk” (December 10, 2008) and “Happy Endings (December 17, 2008) — In 2008, this CBS series managed to skewer homophonic-leaning companies like Chick-fil-A with an episode won an award from GLAAD. Airing immediately post-Prop 8, the episode features not only a newly out Wanda Sykes but also Megan Mullally playing against type. And while this is all great, the next episode manages some transphobia that squeaked by in 2008 but doesn’t in 2020.
May 8, 2020
Do you ever feel like some songs have too many words? Well, good news: instrumental music eliminates that very problem! In this episode, Drew and Glen each list off five sitcom theme songs that they think are good despite their glaring lack of lyrics. Spoiler: many of them actually do have lyrics, it turns out. But still!
May 6, 2020
Velma is the Scooby-Doo character that we all decided was queer, but there’s a surprising pop culture precedent for why we might think this. From 1959 to 1963, the CBS sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis offered the world Zelda Gilroy, a smart, determined force of nature who was the smartest girl in the room. Not only was Velma inspired by Zelda, but the actress who played Zelda, Sheila Keuhl, ended up being gay in real life and went on to a career in Los Angeles politics.
April 29, 2020
King of the Hill, My Own Private Rodeo (April 28, 2002) — Hank finds Dale’s long-estranged father at a gay rodeo, and we’ve gotta say: for a conservative guy, Hank takes this news rather well. In our second King of the Hill episode, we’re happy to find that the show once again hits that sweet spot between red and blue, progressive and conservative, goofy and bittersweet.
April 22, 2020
Night Court, “The Blizzard” (December 6, 1984) — Though it didn’t get the prestige of Family Ties or The Cosby Show, Night Court ran for nine seasons, it landed joke after joke and it demonstrated a better understanding of its characters than most sitcoms do. In its second season, it pit its prissy, debatably gay-seeming character, played by John Larroquette, against an actual homosexual in a way that’s funny but also shows that the show could go deeper than zany. We approve.
April 15, 2020
Barney Miller, “Discovery” (October 30, 1975) — Somehow, Barney Miller managed to make comedy in gritty, 1970s-era New York City, and it managed to address the rampant crime of the day even though the action never left the precinct office. In this episode, a man has to overcome his fear of homophobic police officers in order to report that he was harassed, threatened and extorted because he was gay — yet it’s still funny.
April 8, 2020
Are You Being Served?, “The Apartment” (November 9, 1979) — And now for something slightly different. Katherine Spiers, TableCakes CEO and our first-ever heterosexual guest, joins Drew and Glen to talk about the British sitcom Are You Being Served? and in particular its resident homo Mr. Humphries.
April 1, 2020
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, “As the Will Turns” (April 10, 1995) —This is as close to a gay episode as Fresh Prince ever got. And while it’s not necessarily the funniest piece of TV ever, it makes for a hell of a discussion of Will Smith’s personal life. This episode has some weird parallels with actual events in Will Smith, real-life actor.
March 25, 2020
“Oy Vey, You’re Gay” (October 23, 1995) — With her over-the-top outfits and bigger-than-life persona, Fran Drescher has a lot of queer appeal. However, the show didn’t necessarily mine its Broadway theater milieu for a ton of gay storylines. But in its third season, it did give us Catherine Oxenberg as a potential rival for Mr. Sheffield’s affections... were it not for a plot point that’s given away in the episode title.
March 20, 2020
Happy Friday! Or maybe just tolerable Friday. Since everything sucks, we decided to give you an extra episode this week: a Patreon exclusive that we decided the general audience might want to listen to in case you’re needing extra entertainment. We’re still giving you a regular episode this next coming Wednesday, but meanwhile please enjoy this.  America or burst! For most of us ’80s babies, Perfect Strangers is a quintessential sitcom of the era — it looked ’80s, it had a perfect ’80s opening theme, and like so many situation comedies aimed at families, it was maybe not the most ambitious show in terms of jokes and plots. However, there’s also a lot there that reads as a little gay. In fact, Drew and Glen even dream up various ways a reboot could double-down on this queer element. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com However the special logo for this Patreon episode was designed by Jeff Hinchee: http://https//jeffhinchee.com/section/448307-Store.html This is a TableCakes podcast: https://tablecakes.com This episode’s outro track is “Strangers in the Night” by Baltimore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQywKJVTVxQ
March 20, 2020
America or burst! For most of us ’80s babies, Perfect Strangers is a quintessential sitcom of the era — it looked ’80s, it had a perfect ’80s opening theme, and like so many situation comedies aimed at families, it was maybe not the most ambitious show in terms of jokes and plots. However, there’s also a lot there that reads as a little gay. In fact, Drew and Glen even dream up various ways a reboot could double-down on this queer element.
March 18, 2020
It's a GEE Q&A! Following the Golden Girls table read, we decided to take a week off, and it turns out we needed one more before we jump into the cycle of actual “episode” episodes. So in lieu of that, Drew and Glen answer a bunch of questions we've been sent by listeners over the past two years. We swear it’s actually content!
March 18, 2020
Following the Golden Girls table read, we decided to take a week off, and it turns out we needed one more before we jump into the cycle of actual “episode” episodes. So in lieu of that, Drew and Glen answer a bunch of questions we've been sent by listeners over the past two years. We swear it’s actually content! Call us and leave a message on the TableCakes Hotline at (209) 566-CAKE. No, really. Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07X51FGVM/ref=atv_dl_rdr It’s not exactly a Spotify playlist of all the GEE outro tracks, but if you want to spend some time in that general territory, this might do the trick: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/03Mgie1jnk7RB79N8Y324y?si=tkiJMCnCRciS2UZfiYVOig Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com However the special logo for this Patreon episode was designed by Jeff Hinchee: http://https//jeffhinchee.com/section/448307-Store.html This is a TableCakes podcast: https://tablecakes.com/ This episode’s outro track is “AM/FM” by Natasha King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCnyb0gS-eg
March 4, 2020
“Vince Meat” (February 22, 2020) Have you seen that one Golden Girls where Blanche accidentally sexes a man to death and the girls have to hide the body? Well, your answer should be no, because that episode didn’t air back in the day. It's a script written by our own Glen Lakin and then, for the purposes of this episode, read by a host of our actor friends. It’s fucked-up and funny, and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our fiftieth episode. Cast: Dorothy: Meghan Parks (https://twitter.com/meghan__parks) Rose: Tony Rodriguez (https://twitter.com/thetonyrodrig) Blanche: Sam Pancake (https://twitter.com/jsampancake) Sophia: Ted Biaselli (https://www.instagram.com/animateted) Violet: Janie Haddad Tompkins (https://twitter.com/janiehaddad) This episode was produced by Meika Grimm (https://twitter.com/MeikaGrimm) Special thanks to Michael Iemma and Blaine Amidon! Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
March 4, 2020
The Golden Girls, “Vince Meat” — Have you seen that one Golden Girls where Blanche accidentally sexes a man to death and the girls have to hide the body? Well, your answer should be no, because that episode didn’t air back in the day. It's a script written by our own Glen Lakin and then, for the purposes of this episode, read by a host of our actor friends. It’s fucked-up and funny, and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our fiftieth episode.
February 26, 2020
“Joe Goes to Heaven” (Date Unknown, 1979) The United States’ first bilingual sitcom and PBS’s first attempt at a 30-minute comedy, ¿Que Pasa USA? proved to be a regional hit in Miami, where a local PBS affiliate created and produced the show, and then across the country as a whole. Overall, it plays out like a lost Norman Lear series centered around a Cuban-American family, and this episode revolves around the possibility that strapping young Joe may be gay. GEE regular Tony Rodriguez makes his first non-Golden Girls appearance to explain this show that is beloved by PBS-watching Latinos but may be wholly new to gringos whose PBS stations weren’t lucky enough to air it. Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Tony Rodriguez on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetonyrodrig Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com This episode’s outro track is “Vamos a la Playa” by Righeria: https://www.amazon.com/Vamos-a-la-Playa/dp/B073WXN8BQ
February 19, 2020
“Frank & Son” (October 18, 1991) Is Step By Step a classic sitcom? Glen says yes, but Drew says no. Listen to an episode that a different podcast that prompted us to examine paternal homophobia and a long-running but perhaps non-classic TGIF sitcom, which Drew prefers to shorthand as “shitbag Brady Bunch.” The episode of You’re Making It Worse that inspired this episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tony-soto/id1394293444?i=1000464100212 Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com This episode’s outro track is “Happy Song” by Baby’s Gang, featuring Boney M: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqWxVoEH-o8
February 12, 2020
Two announcements: No. 1, Drew is tired and he is wanting to take a week off with an episode that requires less editing; and and No. 2, this podcast is launching a series of Patreon-only episodes where Drew and Glen discuss subjects unlikely to arise in their typical episodes. In this one, they both list off their picks for the hottest dads in sitcom history. And if you’re seeing this for the first time on the main, non-Patreon feed, then there’s already another one of these ready for your rabid consumption. Hit the link to our Patreon below to listen. Want to see the dads we’re discussing in this episode? Check out the gallery on the episode page: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/episodes/hottest-gay-sitcom-dads The logo for this Patreon-only series was designed by Jeff Hinchee, who is awesome. See more of his work here: https://jeffhinchee.com/section/448307-Store.html Listen to Fruitbowl, a podcast that is an oral history of queer sex, hosted by Dave Quantic: https://www.fruitbowlpodcast.com Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com Our series logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com Read transcripts for episodes of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Transcripts provided by Sarah Neal of Therapy Transcripts: https://www.therapytranscripts.com This episode’s outro track is “Daddy Joe” by Tasha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RMfj4GC7w
February 5, 2020
“Emmet’s Secret” (December 6, 1995) and “Emmett, We Hardly Knew Ye” (December 20, 1995) Even those of us who came of age in the 1990s might be surprised to find out how big a deal Grace Under Fire was in its day. The show was a huge hit, and even if it burned too bright and too quickly, it deserved its popularity because it was funnier and more heartfelt than a lot of longer-lived TV series. In this installment, we talk about two consecutive episodes that outed Grace’s father-in-law and then killed him off. It’s not boring. Because it never hurts to point it out, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1 (800) 723-8255. There's also an online chat option here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com Our series logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com Read transcripts for episodes of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Transcripts provided by Sarah Neal of Therapy Transcripts: https://www.therapytranscripts.com This episode’s outro track is “Baby, I’m Burnin’ (Disco Mix)” by Dolly Parton: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Im-Burnin/dp/B001DEXV5S
January 29, 2020
“Cousin Liz” (October 9, 1977) After two years and more than a few negative comments, Drew and Glen once again focus their gaze on All in the Family, a sitcom about America’s favorite ignoramus. This episode is a sweet and it is elegant, and it shows how readily Jean Stapleton’s Edith can accept that love between two women isn’t at all different from her love for her husband. There’s no B plot and only three characters, yet this is one of the best episodes GEE has reviewed so far. Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com This episode’s outro track is “Time and Love” by Tea for Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFiWBAycrXE
January 22, 2020
“The Cheever Letters” (October 28, 1992) Poor Susan Ross. If she only knew what her association with George Constanza would ultimately cost her, she would have run screaming. Early in the show’s fourth season, Susan got a glimpse of what George was capable of when he indirectly caused her dad to be outed — if not as gay then at least certainly as a one-time lover of John Cheever. Mike Ciriaco joins Glen and Drew to discuss how this episode is a Seinfeld sleeper classic, both because of and in spite of how nonchalantly it deals with Mr. Ross’s sexuality. Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Mike Ciriaco on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikeciriaco Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com Our logo was designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com This episode’s outro track is “Fire” by Radiorama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkodHEF4HTQ
January 15, 2020
“Three Gays of the Condo” (April 13, 2003) Six seasons after its inaugural gay episode, The Simpsons revisited the subject matter in the age of Will & Grace, and the end result sent Homer to live with two guys in Springfield’s gay district. This one exemplifies what it meant to do a gay sitcom after the point in time when it was no longer enough to just showcase straight characters being surprised that gay people exist, but is this a worthy successor to “Homer’s Phobia”? Drew and Glen talk though the good and the bad and the Weird Al. Check out transcripts for episode of the show here: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/transcripts Watch the video for “Do the Bartman” (and look for the gay part): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx5BRvv8tDc The Dennis Miller interview with Matt Warburton: https://www.nohomers.net/showthread.php?43642-Matt-Warburton-of-the-Condo Listen to Drew’s episode of the Talking Simpsons podcast: https://talkingsimpsons.libsyn.com/talking-simpsons-homers-phobia-with-drew-mackie Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Everybody Is Gay by Latin Rose (Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mgbmVhaBkk)
December 18, 2019
We’re celebrating the holidays and closing out 2019 with one of our all-time favorite Christmas specials: A Very Brady Christmas, a 1988 TV movie that reunited all of the original cast that matters. If you’ve seen this special, you may be wondering what’s gay about this family holiday outing. Some stuff, we say, but perhaps most subtly the use of racecar-driving as a metaphor for Bobby Brady’s reckless homosexual lifestyle. Just go with us on this one. Also, if you haven’t yet, please give us a rate & review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 Listen to our interview with Stan Zimmerman, who wrote the two Brady Bunch movies: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/episodes/stan-zimmerman-interview Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ No. 1 best queer art space: https://www.alovebizarre.store Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Beautiful Noise by Florence Henderson (Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4xExlx56dU)
December 11, 2019
“The One With the Lesbian Wedding”(January 18, 1996) Carol and Susan Forever! In our previous look at Friends, we concluded that the ten-season sitcom put homosexuality in a bad light. Around the same time, everyone else concluded that as well, but what if season two’s “The One With the Lesbian Wedding” actually doesn’t suck so hard? Emelie Burnette Battaglia Balenciaga returns to talk about the episode the second Friends episode that ties LGBT issues with a recently deceased old lady. “So Was Friends Homophobic?” by Kelsey Miller: https://lithub.com/so-was-friends-homophobic/ “Homophobic Friends,” a 50-minute supercute of Friends’ lamest LGBT moments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQ5za-J6I8 Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Listen to Underbelly L.A., the new TableCakes true crime podcast that Drew helped produce: https://www.underbellyla.com/ Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ No. 1 best queer art space: https://www.alovebizarre.store Emelie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/emeliesalot Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track Nobody’s Bride by Peggy & The Pills (Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7uRx_WPjsU)
December 5, 2019
“What’s With Robert?” (January 10, 2000) Drew had never seen an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond before Glen pulled a gun on him and forced him to watch this one. To Drew’s surprise, this ostensibly family-friendly CBS sitcom handles gay panic a lot more thoughtfully than other shows of the era, even if it hinged around the ridiculous proposition that a man as tall as Brad Garrett might be homosexual. Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Listen to Underbelly L.A., the new TableCakes true crime podcast that Drew helped produce: https://www.underbellyla.com/ Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ No. 1 best queer art space: https://www.alovebizarre.store Listen to Fruitbowl, Dave Quantic’s oral history podcast about gay sex: https://www.fruitbowlpodcast.com/podcast Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Hawai by Hawai (Buy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmxlg_aaPBY)
December 4, 2019
Everybody Loves Raymond, “What’s With Robert?” — Drew had never seen an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond before Glen pulled a gun on him and forced him to watch this one. To Drew’s surprise, this ostensibly family-friendly CBS sitcom handles gay panic a lot more thoughtfully than other shows of the era, even if it hinged around the ridiculous proposition that a man as tall as Brad Garrett might be homosexual.
November 13, 2019
No, this is not a deep dive into Paul Lynde’s most salacious innuendos. Instead, GEE is bidding farewell for a few weeks because Drew is heading to Japan, and we thought it would be cool to do an episode based around classic sitcom trivia, and Drew is hosting while Glen is pitted against special guest contestants Tony Rodiguez (who has guested before!) and Katherine Spiers (who hasn’t!). It’s fun, we swear, if not *actually* all that gay. Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ No. 1 best queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Katherine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/katherinespiers Tony on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetonyrodrig Katherine’s podcast, Smart Mouth: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/smart-mouth/id1171755407 Tony’s podcast, Spanish Aquí Presents: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spanish-aqu%C3%AD-presents/id1469586772 Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is My Little Japanese Boy by Baby’s Gang (Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/1GzgwKoQF8MeJcccrb8yYg)
November 6, 2019
“The Chief’s Big Gay Evening” (November 13, 1982) Though beloved to a certain age range of 1980s babies, Gimme a Break doesn’t get its due praise for its “serious issue” episodes. This one, in which the Chief finds out that one of his officers is gay, handles the subject matter better than many more-acclaimed sitcoms would in the years that followed. In fact, our only complaint is that this series sole gay-themed episode doesn’t feature enoug Nell Carter, whom we will remind you was a star. We miss you, Nell. Check out our Patreon page: https://patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ No. 1 best queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Happy Together / Runaway by Tony Orlando and Dawn (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Happy-Together/dp/B0017VJUCA)
October 30, 2019
“Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall” (November 7, 1968) When it came time to pick a Halloween special for Gayest Episode Ever, the only real choice was Bewitched, a seasonally appropriate sitcom that also happens to be one of the gayest things ever broadcast on network television. In this fifth-season outing, Endora curses Darren to become hopelessly vain, and Dick York makes the decision to play his newly narcissistic character as pretty damn gay. Comedian, actor and classic TV superfan Chase McCown joins Glen and Drew to talk through an episode that is very gay — if regrettably Uncle Arthur-free. (There’s always next Halloween!) Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Chase McCown on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mchasemccown Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Tonight (Crazy Night!) by Dorine Hollier (Buy here: https://www.amazon.es/Tonight-Crazy-Night-Dorine-Hollier/dp/B00E0LN5OI)
October 23, 2019
“Caroline and the Gay Art Show” (October 5, 1995) Okay, hear us out. I know you’re seeing that we did an episode about Caroline in the City and asking yourself why we would consider it a “classic” sitcom,” but there’s actually a lot going on here. Malcolm Gets played Caroline’s assistant, Richard, with a flair befitting a theater vet, but his chemistry with lead Lea Thompson didn’t read as romantic to many viewers. So why did they make Caroline and Richard pair off? And why did the third episode of the show revolve around the notion of Richard repeatedly stating, “I’m straight”? It’s actually an interesting story. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Mona Lisa by Mr. Black.
October 16, 2019
“Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend” (April 9, 1990) The previous Designing Women made Drew cry, but this one is far tamer and far more in line with what we’d consider sitcom-ish. In this Delta Burke showcase episode, Suzanne Sugarbaker attempts to make a friend outside Sugarbaker & Associates — and ends up finding a former pageant friend who’s now an out lesbian. This episode does gay panic from the female perspective and largely holds up today… except for the episode’s final line. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Buy or rent Glen’s movie, Being Frank, on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Don’t Cry Tonight by Savage (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Cry-Tonight-Savage/dp/B0011FLKB6)
October 9, 2019
“Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” (May 7, 1997) At long last, we’re bowing to audience requests and giving you the one where Ellen comes out… to her parents. No, it is not “The Puppy Episode,” the one where Ellen came out to Laura Dern and also the world; it’s the episode that aired one week after that one, when she came out to her parents. “The Puppy Episode” is a part of TV history, but this one is maybe a more realistic look at the ongoing, constant process of coming out. The Los Angeles LGBT Center: https://lalgbtcenter.org/ And yes, PFLAG still exists: https://pflag.org/ Buy the DVD of Glen’s movie, Being Frank: https://t.co/FJmpd4pb9s?amp=1 Buy or rent Being Frank on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Cheri Cheri Lady by Modern Talking (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Cheri-Lady/dp/B0013AFFLA/ref=sr_1_2
September 11, 2019
“I Never Ate for My Father” (October 2, 1991) When Robbie Sinclair fails to kill his first live prey, he begins to wonder if he might be more herbivorously oriented — and that fits in really well with this episode’s extensive use of vegetarianism as a metaphor for homosexuality. (But also drug use and communism, because America.) Buy the DVD of Glen’s movie, Being Frank: https://t.co/FJmpd4pb9s?amp=1 Buy or rent Being Frank on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/being-frank/id1476505836 Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Tarzan Loves the Summer Nights by Big Ben Tribe (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Tarzan-Loves-Summer-Nights-Single/dp/B072HRF6T8)
August 28, 2019
Once upon a time, there was a Saturday morning cartoon based on Dungeons & Dragons, and in its final few episodes it had one of its male characters hit it off with a one-off NPC who was witty and matched him, insult for insult. This one-off also happened to be male, and whether by accident or whatever, the resulting episode plays out kinda like a male-on-male romcom that just happens to be situated in medieval fantasy setting. Don’t worry if you’ve never experienced a Dungeons & Dragons anything; Glen and Drew will walk you through it. Check out A Love Bizarre, Northeast Los Angeles’ queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Cartoons That Made Us Gay, the 1980s cartoon episode that inspired this episode: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/episodes/gay-80s-cartoons Matt Baume’s D&D podcast, Queens of Adventure: https://queensofadventure.com/ Critical Role, the D&D podcast starring Ashley Johnson: https://critrole.com/ Nasim Pedrad looks like Jill, Kermit’s co-worker from Muppets Take Manhattan: https://www.backofthecerealbox.com/2015/11/with-it-being-dated-businesswear.html Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com Logo designed by Rob Wilson: http://www.robwilsonwork.com/ TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Lancelot by Valerie Dore (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Lancelot/dp/B00P1BWN6W)
August 7, 2019
“The Engagement” (September 14, 1985) The pilot to Golden Girls features a fifth roommate who did not make it into the rest of the series: Coco the gay live-in cook, played by Charles Levin. The actor recently died, and in part because it’s timely and in part because Drew feels bad about his jokes that Coco was lost at sea, our first off-season episode is a Coco-centric look at this first-ever Golden Girls. Buy a copy of Jim Colucci’s awesome Golden Girls book, Golden Girls Forever: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Girls-Forever-Unauthorized-Behind/dp/0062422901 Listen to our other Golden Girls episodes: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/episode/golden-girls-gay-episodes Get showtimes for Glen’s movie: https://beingfrankfilm.com Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Nothings-Gonna-Stop-Us-Now/dp/B009WJ2CAG)
July 16, 2019
“The Impossible Dream” (October 15, 1996) The finale to the second season of GEE begins how the first one began: with Frasier. Two years after the episode that said, “No, Frasier isn’t gay,” the show backed up a little and asked “But what would you say if he was maybe?” Also it’s revealed that Gil Chesterton has a more toned chest than any of us would have expected. Get showtimes for Glen’s movie: https://beingfrankfilm.com Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is A Dream of You and Me by Future Islands (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Dream-You-Me/dp/B00IRF6SK6)
July 9, 2019
“The One Where Nana Dies Twice” (November 10, 1994): Hey, have you heard about this show called Friends that’s about people who are friends? Emelie Burnette returns to talk about how the first gayish outing of this landmark sitcom gets some things right, some things wrong. We don’t settle the “Is Friends homophobic or transphobic?” debates but we do at least find an answer to the “Is Rachel Green Jewish?” debate? Get showtimes for Glen’s movie: https://beingfrankfilm.com Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Homophobic Friends,” compiled by Tijana Mamula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQ5za-J6I8 Why Friends is “Hugely Transphobic,” by Samantha Riedel: https://www.them.us/story/friends-is-transphobic Emily Nussbaum’s tweets defending Friends against charges that it’s homophobic: https://twitter.com/emilynussbaum/status/1134122580938506240 “Is Rachel Green Jewish?” by Lindsey Weber: https://www.vulture.com/2014/12/friends-countdown-is-rachel-green-jewish.html Emelie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/emeliesalot Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Sugar Town by Nancy Sinatra (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Town/dp/B000QOCEGI)
July 2, 2019
“Woman to Woman” (March 21, 1996): Don’t think of it as another Golden Girls or Designing Women, because Living Single is actually the show that originated the model for Friends. Yeah, Friends is just an all-white Living Single, and this episode proves how the original can handle a coming out story a lot better than its imitator. Dr. Justin Young joins Glen and Drew to talk Tootie, Latifah, Cousin Pam and Dr. Mary. Watch Justin’s movie, That’s Me on the Right: https://www.thatsmeontheright.com/ Get showtimes for Glen’s movie: https://beingfrankfilm.com Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/youngdocjustin Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Tainted Love by Gloria Jones (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Love-Original-Gloria-Jones/dp/B0161R77LU)
June 25, 2019
“Acting Out” (February 22, 2000) In this episode, Drew tries really hard not to not trample your warm, fuzzy feelings about Will & Grace. But even if you don’t think this show lands its jokes often enough, you can’t argue that it did a lot to increase the visibility of gays — white, male, metropolitan, wordplay-loving gays. Megan Mullally for president. Get showtimes for Glen’s movie: https://beingfrankfilm.com Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton. (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Morning-Juice-Newton/dp/B008UT5D5K)
June 18, 2019
“Elaine’s Strange Triangle” (December 10, 1980) Elaine is digging her new boyfriend, but it turns out her new boyfriend is also digging Tony. This, the first episode to address the subject of bisexuality, is often a more thoughtful and nuanced exploration of straight characters’ discomfort around anything queer… but then Tony and Alex go to a gay bar and the episode takes a hard turn. Oh, and were you aware of how hot 1980-era Christopher Lloyd was? Check it out. Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Our new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Bizarre Love Triangle (Extended Dance Mix) by New Order. (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Bizarre-Love-Triangle-Extended-Dance/dp/B001235AG8_
June 14, 2019
Glen Lakin is more than a mere podcast host. He’s also a screenwriter whose first movie — Being Frank, starring Jim Gaffigan and Logan Miller — opens in theaters today, June 14, in Los Angeles and New York. (More cities to follow, don’t worry.) Yes, we’re using this podcast to let Glen talk about his movie, but take solace in the fact that Drew had to twist his arm to do it. This short promotional interview has Glen talking about how he came up with this story about a suburban dad’s second family and how it might relate to the wacky situations of sitcoms past. Being Frank official website: https://beingfrankfilm.com/ Being Frank on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/beingfrankfilm/ Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Coeur Hanté by Frank (Just Frank) (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Coeur-Hant%C3%A9/dp/B003PX0QMG)
June 11, 2019
This series about a British butler managing an American family ran on ABC for six season and for several years more on weekday afternoons in syndication. And while the show is fairly well-remembered today, some viewers might not realize how very gay this show is: from its premise to its lead character to its lead actor to the history of the Mr. Belvedere character going back forty years before this sitcom debuted. Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Our new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Child Celebrities Opposed to Kirk Cameron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leCWArBLghA The opening credits to Jennifer Slept Here, a very weird sitcom that you should probably know about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34vaDAakTSk Christopher Hewett starring as King Koopa in Super Mario Bros. at the Ice Capades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fuuhn2cfVUE Listen to Drew’s talk about TV dinners on Smart Mouth: https://soundcloud.com/smartmouthpodcast/tv-dinners-frozen-food-military-drew-mackie Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com This episode’s outro track is Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo (Buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Mans-Party/dp/B001NTLYGG)
June 4, 2019
“Strange Bedfellows” (October 4, 1977) Some people think of Three’s Company as being a show that hinges on zany misunderstandings that could be solved if one character just said one thing. That’s not the case with this second-season episode, in which Mr. Roper wakes up in bed with Jack, who, we should remember, has told his landlords he is gay. What follows is actually a tighter-plotted TV episode than you might expect. Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Our new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
May 28, 2019
“Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are” (March 9, 1992) Just when you think Murphy Brown’s take on a gay episode is overstuffed with heteros sharing bad information about alternative lifestyles, the last scene gives the one-off gay character some earnest, heartfelt lines. In the end, Murphy Brown did the gay character good. Queer culture impresario Matt Baume joins Glen and Drew to talk Candice Bergen, Faith Ford and gunge. (Look it up.) Check out A Love Bizarre, downtown Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore The Queen’s Vernacular, the vintage dictionary of gay slang mentioned by Matt: https://archive.org/details/gaytalkformerlye00rodg The Allusionist’s episode all about Polari, Britain’s gay secret language: https://www.theallusionist.org/allusionist/polari Our new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Queens of Adventure, Matt’s drag queen Dungeons & Dragons podcast: https://queensofadventure.com/ Culture Cruise, Matt’s YouTube series about gay pop culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFbOL-rBJZ8 Sewers of Paris, Matt’s gay pop culture podcast: http://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-summary/ Drew’s episode of Sewers of Paris: http://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2018/4/12/the-wrong-kind-of-gay-ep-163-jem-and-the-holograms Matt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattbaume Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
May 21, 2019
“Sister of the Bride” (January 21, 1991) The Clayton Hollingsworth story comes to an end with an episode about same-sex marriage before even the term “commitment ceremony” came into the popular lexicon. Tony Rodriguez joins us to discuss the ways that this episode shows how The Golden Girls was ahead of its time in so many ways, “Ah so” notwithstanding. Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore “Dorothy’s Friend Is a Lesbian,” the first gay Golden Girls episode: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/episodes/golden-girls-dorothy-lesbian “Blanche’s Brother Is a Homo,” the first Clayton episode: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/episodes/golden-girls-blanche-gay-brother Our new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Read Drew’s interview with Golden Girls writers; https://www.backofthecerealbox.com/goldengirls Tony on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetonyrodrig Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
May 14, 2019
Warning! Warning! You are encountering an atypical installment of this podcast. Instead of the discussion of sitcoms, this one concerns the discussion of 1980s cartoons — and with none other than leading ’80s cartoon authority and Netflix director of original series Ted Biaselli! Animated conversation includes but is not limited to He-Man, She-Ra, Jem, ThunderCats, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Beverly Hills Teens, SilverHawks, TigerSharks, Paw Paw Bears, Kidd Video and Dungeons & Dragons. In case you did not come of age in the 1980s and don’t know what the hell we’re talking about, we have constructed a handy visual guide for you: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/episodes/gay-80s-cartoons Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Listen to the Super Gay podcast about He-Man: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/super-gay/e/59344870 Watch Drew’s weird video art project about Fisto from He-Man: https://vimeo.com/179390060 And also the one about Beverly Hills Teens: https://vimeo.com/178298894 Our new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Ted on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/animateted/ Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
May 7, 2019
“Scared Straight” (December 10, 1988) When Blanche’s brother comes over and comes out, Blanche shows that southern hospitality has its limits. It’s a classic story about homosexuality being accepted — but only to an extent. Burgeoning podcast star Tony Rodriguez joins Glen and Drew to talk about the best-ever gay-focused episode of a sitcom to also have a B plot about a death premonition dream. Our new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/gayestepisodeever Tony on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetonyrodrig Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
April 30, 2019
“Maude’s New Friend” (December 2, 1974): And then there’s Maude! Bea Arthur teaches us all a valuable lesson about how liberals can also be prejudiced in this third-season episode that’s all about Maude trying and failing to celebrate a newfound homosexual acquaintance. This episode is pretty wild, as Glen puts it, and it holds up better than a lot of TV airing ten and twenty years later. #breadsandwich Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tablecakes Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
April 23, 2019
“There’s Always Room for Cello” (December 14, 1990): What smells like Wario + Newman + extra farts? It’s Roy Biggins, the chuckling villain of Wings, an NBC sitcom that is a solid B but which has a reputation for being a C minus. In the second season, Roy’s son came out and Roy was given — and totally biffed — a chance to act like a grown-up. Jonathan Bradley Welch, host of that *other* gay TV podcast, A Special Presentation, is on hand to discuss growing up in Massachusetts, the charms of Crystal Bernard and which Hackett brother is hotter. Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Listen to Jonathan's *other* gay TV podcast, A Special Presentation: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-special-presentation/id1266785543 Drew’s Animaniacs-focused episode of A Special Presentation: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/51-anytime-is-time-for-animaniacs/id1266785543?i=1000418786040 Jonathan Bradley Welch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathanbwelch Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tablecakes Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
April 16, 2019
“The Ballad of the Betty Lou” (November 27, 1963): In this shorter episode, Gayest Episode Ever is looking at The Dick Van Dyke Show, a beloved series that is never explicitly gay but it occasionally features some implicitly gay elements — and may also once made a semen joke. Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Watch a clip of the apparent semen joke: https://vimeo.com/99312213 Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tablecakes Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
April 9, 2019
“Lez Be Friends” (April 28, 1997): For a lot of ’80s kids, Amanda Bearse was one of the first gay people they ever heard about. And while Bearse came out in 1993, she got to put LGBT themes in the spotlight in a 1997 episode in which she plays both Marcy D’Arcy and her lesbian cousin, Mandy. It’s a product of its time, for sure, but at its heart is a fairly thoughtful depiction of a happy, function person who’s better off for having come out of the closet. Bonus points for Elaine Hendrix. Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Watch the 1994 Amanda Bearse interview segment on Network Q: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5UudWfO7dA Listen to Drew's other podcast talk about Amanda Bearse in Fright Night: https://www.youhavetowatchthismovie.com/episodes/8b-jeffrey-mccrann-fright-night Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tablecakes Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
April 2, 2019
“Lamont, Is That You?” (October 19, 1973): Norman Lear for the win! This podcast probably won’t go in depth on ’90s classics like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters or A Different World because many black sitcoms of that era didn’t do gay episodes. Back in 1973, Sanford and Son did, however, and the result is classier and more interesting than what you’d see on shows ten and twenty years later. Check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space: https://www.instagram.com/alovebizarrestore Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tablecakes Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
March 26, 2019
“Double Date”(January 31, 1994): Whoa. Blossom was famous for two things: hats and Very Special Episodes. And while its gay episode is suspiciously lacking in hats, it seems like its several Very Special Episodes rolled up into one. In addition to featuring Joey Lawrence’s character as the recipient of a love letter from his male teammate, it also features teaching moments about childhood racism and butt touching (respectively). Does it work? Kinda no, but it’s interesting how much it packs in and how it treats its coming out moment like it’s no big deal… which it isn’t, comparatively. Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com Watch the pilot for Molloy, the Mayim Bialik sitcom that could have been: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1vxz3ZE5zk TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tablecakes Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
March 19, 2019
“The Peggy Horror Picture Show” (January 28, 2007): When Peggy Hill mistakenly shops at a store for drag queens, she gets mistaken for one. And while that might seem like hokey sitcom setup, this eleventh-season King of the Hill episode manages some real emotions and some perspectives on gender you wouldn’t have seen on TV at the time. Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com Sam Pancake’s podcast, Monday Afternoon Movie: https://www.mondayafternoonmovie.com TalKing of the Hill’s first episode: https://talkingsimpsons.libsyn.com/talking-of-the-hill-pilot-with-matthew-jay What a Cartoon’s King of the Hill episode: https://whatacartoonfeed.libsyn.com/what-a-cartoon-king-of-the-hill-peggys-headache The model sheets cautioning against Shapely Peggy: https://www.cartoonbrew.com/tv/king-of-the-hill-dos-and-donts-76888.html TableCakes Productions: https://tablecakes.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tablecakes Newsletter: https://tablecakesproductions.substack.com
March 12, 2019
Cheers, “Rebecca’s Lover... Not” — Gayest Episode Ever kicks its hiatus into the gutter with the first installment of it second season. And yes, we’re back in Boston with Cheers, but it’s a very different show in its tenth season — and featuring not Shelley Long but Kirstie Alley as the barmaid having to address her feelings about homosexuality. Harvey Fierstein guest stars in an episode that has connections to both She-Ra and Fright Night, and that makes for a big gay win.
March 12, 2019
“Rebecca’s Lover... Not” (April 23, 1992): Gayest Episode Ever kicks its hiatus into the gutter with the first installment of it second season. And yes, we’re back in Boston with Cheers, but it’s a very different show in its tenth season and featuring not Shelley Long but Kirstie Alley as the barmaid having to address her feelings about homosexuality. Harvey Fierstein guest stars in an episode that has connections to both She-Ra and Fright Night, and that makes for a big gay win. Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com Drew and Tony’s podcast, You Have to Watch This Movie: https://www.youhavetowatchthismovie.com
October 15, 2018
“A League of Her Own” (November 17, 2017): For the second of the “off season” bonus episodes, Drew and Glen wanted to compare how a modern day, family-friendly sitcom compares with the classic versions they discussed in the first season. They picked ABC series Fresh Off the Boat, which in its fourth season had a prominent character — Nicole, the “Winnie Cooper” of this flashback series on whim the lead character has a crush — come out as a lesbian. The storyline is handled very well, and what’s most surprising is that in 2017, a coming out story on a mainstream show isn’t controversial in the least. Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z85L3qZh0DXAXRZQWoCPB On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/ And the official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/
October 1, 2018
A veteran sitcom writer, Stan Zimmerman is one half of the duo that penned the script for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the episode of Roseanne in which the main character is kissed by a lesbian. In this interview, Stan talks about the process of writing that episode and riding through the controversy surrounding it, but he also offers behind-the-scenes insight from his time on Golden Girls, the gay-centric Showtime series Brothers, his efforts to get his sitcom project Silver Foxes on a screen near you and the role he played in getting RuPaul the role of Miss Cummings the guidance counselor in The Brady Bunch Movie. Stan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/zimmermanstan Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/ The official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/ Drew’s article on The Golden Girls: https://www.backofthecerealbox.com/goldengirls
July 30, 2018
"Harley and Ivy" (January 18, 1993): In GEE’s first bonus episode, Glen and Drew focus on something that's not a sitcom but is nonetheless pretty damn gay — the Batman: The Animated Series installment that put a lesbianish aura around Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, which extended to the comics and ultimately made the duo a full-fledged couple years later. Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/ And the official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/
May 10, 2018
"The Boys in the Bar" (January 27, 1983): When Sam Malone makes a show of supporting his newly out former teammate, the regulars at Cheers worry that bar will suddenly go queer. It's another case of straight hysteria and straight histrionics, but luckily it's Diane Chambers to the rescue. The first season of Gayest Episode Ever closes out with a remarkable installment of one of Drew and Glen's favorite shows and a singing of the praises of Shelley Long, patron saint of suffering creatives everywhere. Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/ And the official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/
May 3, 2018
“The Outing” (February 11, 1993): Seinfeld won a GLAAD award for this episode all about how even the most well-meaning straight people would be horrified to be mistaken for gay. It helped popularize “not that there’s anything wrong with that” and, to a lesser extent, “single, thin and neat” as 90s-era gay catchphrases and also managed to spin a whole half-hour with minimal presence of actual LGBT characters. Emelie Burnette, copy editor to the stars, joins Glen and Drew to talk about what this episode gets right, as well as Veronica Mars’ enduring legacy, seeing Larry David in the men’s room, a rapper whose name sounds like Queef Latina, and why Elaine refuses to take off her coat. Emelie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/emeliesalot Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/ And the official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/
April 26, 2018
"Killing All the Right People" (October 5, 1987): In one of the most devastating sitcom installments ever aired, Sugarbaker & Associates plans the funeral of a young gay man dying of AIDS. This is *VERY* *SAD* episode, and we want you to know that it might choke you up, should you be the type who listens at the gym. That said, there's a lot to learn from this episode of Designing Women, both in what a TV show had to do in 1987 to make straight audiences pay attention to AIDS and how TV has evolved in the past 30 years in the way it features more complex, more nuanced LGBT characters. But yeah, tears. So many tears. Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/ And the brand new official website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/
April 19, 2018
"Homer's Phobia" (February 16, 1997): Hot stuff, coming through! At long last, Homer Simpson asks the difficult question, "Hey, what if Bart is a homo?" This episode has none other than John Waters on hand as the primary non-Smithers Springfield queer, and the result is one of the better gay outings of the entire '90s. Learned person Dr. Bryan Wuest is on hand to help Glen and Drew talk through camp, kitsch and all manner of gayness. Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Bryan's only internet presence: http://www.bryanwuest.com/ GEE on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/ Talking Simpsons, the podcast that inspired Drew to do this gay thing: http://www.lasertimepodcast.com/category/talking-simpsons/ Drew on Sewers of Paris: http://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2018/4/12/the-wrong-kind-of-gay-ep-163-jem-and-the-holograms
April 12, 2018
"Rough Housing" (August 24, 1979): You probably remember The Facts of Life, but you may not know that the show's first season introduced a whole slew of characters who wouldn't make it to season two and also that the first-ever episode dealt with Blair's homophobia toward a tomboyish classmate that didn't even turn out to be a lesbian. Playwright and Supernatural writer Steve Yockey joins Drew and Glen to talk whether Blair is a monster, whether Mrs. Garrett crosses a line addressing Blair's monster status and why Jenny O'Hara should have remained on the show. Steve on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SleepyPanda76 Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu On Twitter: https://twitter.com/gayestepisode On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayestepisodeever/
April 5, 2018
"My Brother's Keeper (January 13, 1973): Actor and comedian Sam Pancake joins Glen and Drew to talk about this third-season episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which the last-minute revelation that Phyllis' brother is gay gets the biggest laugh of the show. That said, this is a sweet take on a gay episode that aired when most sitcoms didn't do them. Topics discussed include Bridget Loves Bernie, "Ode to Billy Joe," Murder by Death, the theme song to Phyllis' spinoff and how Gavin MacLeod's character sure seems kinda gay. Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jsampancake Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie GEE on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu
March 29, 2018
"Judging Books by Covers" (February 9, 1971): At the very least, the fact that Richard Nixon hated this episode of All in Family should motivate you to consider why it's actually good. In it, Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) fails to learn a lesson about who's gay and who seems gay. This Norman Lear-penned script has one of the first positive portrayals of an LGBT character ever in an American TV series, and Glen and Drew's discussion covers everything from TaleSpin to Carol Danvers to Luke and Laura from General Hospital. Trigger warning: You will hear the word "fag" a lot. Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs GEE on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu
March 22, 2018
"Isn't It Romantic?" (November 8, 1986): An award-winning Golden Girls outing does in the mid-1980s what many '90s sitcoms failed to do by introducing a nuanced LGBT character who's not just a prop for the hetero regulars. Lois Nettleton scored an Emmy nom for her turn as Dorothy's friend Jean, who falls for Rose and who is introduced to the audience as being 100 percent comfortable with her sexuality. Everyone else? Not so much. Actor and comedian Tony Rodriguez joins Glen and Drew to talk about why this is one of the best gay episodes of TV ever. Follow Tony on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetonyrodrig Follow Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Follow Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu Read Drew's interview with Golden Girls writers: http://www.backofthecerealbox.com/goldengirls
March 15, 2018
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (March 1, 1994): Roseanne's kiss with Mariel Hemingway wasn't the first instance of liplock between two women on American TV, but it was the most controversial. More than two decades later, Glen and Drew talk about this episode and how it discusses sexual gray areas, how Laurie Metcalf's character always seemed kinda lesbian-y, why Hemingway kissed the female cast of Saturday Night Live and why Roseanne was a pioneer for LGBT diversity —— even if she's crazy now. Follow Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Follow Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu
March 9, 2018
"The Matchmaker" (October 4, 1994): Shortly into Frasier's second season, one episode made it clear once and for all that despite appearances otherwise, Frasier Crane was not gay. The episode features Eric Lutes as the dashing station manager who thinks he's going on a date with Frasier, and this first installment of the podcast has Glen and Drew talking about how the show slut-shames Roz, how Niles should have come out and why this particular episode got awards for doing a gay episode the right way. Follow Glen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwritewrongs Follow Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744 On SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gayestepisodeever On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iwj7vhtsbn4ahyn5hn3rv7daslu
March 2, 2018
Gayest Episode Ever is a podcast hosted by Drew Mackie, a journalist, and Glen Lakin, a screenwriter. Each installment focuses a different LGBT-themed episode of a classic sitcom.
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