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YMMV: Queer as Folk

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US version:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Brian a bad boyfriend to Justin, or is Justin Brian's stalker, not respecting his boundaries and feeling entitled to everything Brian can give?
  • Ass Pull: So after chasing after Brian for five years, trying desperately to be acknowledged as his boyfriend, and working very hard at getting Brian to open his heart to him, Justin abruptly breaks up with Brian in the final episode when Brian finally does all the things Justin had been hoping for? Because Brian wasn't "acting like himself"? Just...What.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Brian sells his loft and buys a beautiful country manor for Justin during his (second) attempt to propose. After watching Justin chase after Brian for years, if this doesn't melt your heart then nothing will.
  • Hollywood Homely: Ted, who has trouble getting laid despite looking like this. Lampshaded in the episode where he goes to Lindsey's sister's wedding and women start eying him. It seems that only he's only unattractive by gay men's standards.
    • An interview with the actor actually addressed this and he stated that Ted's problem is that he only pursues the hottest of the hot, which he is not. If he'd have reasonable standards he'd be pretty popular.
  • Informed Wrongness: Brian rejects Justin as gently as possible, lets him stay in his flat when he has nowhere to go, which Justin pays back by deliberately crossing his clearly drawn boundaries. In general, Brian politely and patiently puts up with Justin's stalking but he is treated as a Jerkass for daring to point out that they are not a couple. And Justin eventually gets rewarded with Brian's devotion.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Brian has his moments, most notably in his manipulation of Stockwell.
  • Marty Stu: David is simply perfect.
  • Narm: Justin in the first season, at least earlier on. QAF was Randy Harrison's TV Debut, and his overaffected manner of speech would work alright on stage, but on camera it was often difficult to take him seriously.)
  • Retroactive Recognition: Madeline Westen as Debbie Novotny.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Emmett and Brent.
  • Tear Jerker: Brian's expression after Justin is gay-bashed is enough to break anyone's heart.
    • And the Call Back it gets in season two when Ben is in the hospital, Michael is going to pieces, and Brian reminds Michael that the only reason he got through Justin's attack was because of him.
    • Vic's death in Season Four, and Brian, Michael, and Debbie's reactions to it.
    • The bombing of Babylon during the "No on Prop 14" benefit. The look and sound of desperation in Brian's voice as he tries to find Justin, and then Michael, is nothing short of devastating.
  • Unfortunate Implications: See Monochrome Casting in the main page. Especially egregious considering that the show was meant to be a groundbreaking portrayal of an often marginalized, underrepresented group of people and preached a strong message of tolerance.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Brian and another man examining the cucumbers in the grocery store, for a long, loong time...
  • The Woobie: Ted, especially right after his coma.
    • And don't forget poor Justin.

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