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From left to right: Bobby, Karamo, Jonathan, Antoni, Tan

"I just met five really cool people who have good intentions, and they know what they're doing, and they actually help people who might need helping."
Arian, "Big Little Lies"
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The 2018 revival of the Bravo show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy by Netflix. Like the original, it is a makeover reality show in which five gay men offer advice on fashion, grooming, interior design, food and wine, and culture to people (called "heroes" in the advertising) that need it.

This iteration features a new, more multi-ethnic Fab Five: Tan France (fashion), Bobby Berk (interior decorating), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Jonathan Van Ness (hair and grooming), and Karamo Brown (culture). The reboot moved the setting from New York City to Atlanta for the first two seasons, with the third season moving the Fab Five to Kansas City, giving the show a different flavor as the boys make over some Southern and Midwestern people. Unlike the original, the people being made over are not exclusively straight men. The new version is also more pointedly political than the original, referring to topics like gay marriage, Black Lives Matter and the Trump administration.

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The series' first season debuted on February 7, 2018, and the second season debuted on June 15, 2018. A third season debuted March 15, 2019.


This series contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Nickname: The guys sometimes address each other this way (eg. "Tanny", "Jonny").
  • Camp Gay: Jonathan, who is generally extremely peppy, comments about stereotypical gay interests, and shares beauty, grooming, and skincare tips with the participants.
  • Catch-Phrase: Jonathan's "Can you believe?"
  • Coming-Out Story: "To Gay or Not Too Gay" is about a man whose goal is to come out as gay to his stepmother.
  • Crossover: The boys appeared in a Season 2 episode of Nailed It!.
  • Culture Clash: Downplayed, but the Southern men being made over tend to skew more conservative, which leads to some eye-opening conversations with the Fab Five.
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  • Double Standard: Pointed out and defied. The Fab Five often ask the men if their wives make an effort for them, and if they also make an effort for their wives, and it usually turns out that they don’t make that same effort in their appearance or in helping out around the house. The Fab Five try to show them that it can’t just be the women doing all the work and looking pretty for their husbands.
  • Driving While Black: Discussed. In an episode involving the makeover of a cop, the nominator (who is also a cop) plays a joke on the Fab Five by pulling them over as they drive into town, then revealing who he is. Mostly they laugh it off, but Karamo (who was driving) is not amused, and later has a heart-to-heart talk with the cops about how frightening that kind of thing is for a black man. Karamo and Tan also threatened to quit immediately afterward, and almost did.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Once an Episode, but especially in "To Gay or Not Too Gay," where all of the Fab Five go wild over AJ's leather chest harness, and Antoni in particular needs to get a soda because he's suddenly very thirsty.
  • Education Mama:
    • The client in "Big Little Lies" is hesitant to admit to his parents that he didn't graduate from college because of his parents' high standards.
    • In "Jones Bar-B-Q", heroines (and sisters) Deborah and Mary reopened their family barbecue stand to help Deborah's daughter, Izora, pay for college.
  • Firemen Are Hot: In "Hose Before Bros", which is set at a fire department, Karamo frequently points out an attractive fireman he dubs "Superman".
  • Fun with Subtitles: In Season 2, whenever someone swears, it's bleeped and replaced in captions with a cleaner version.
  • The Gloves Come Off: The Fab Five are theatrically camp and are open about their sexuality, however, when they are uncomfortable about something or they confront a controversial subject. They will cut the theatrics and calmly address the problem in the best way possible. For example; when the five started to help a police officer named Cory, his work partner and sponsor played a prank on them but it was very uncomfortable for Karamo (who was driving) due to the strained and tense relationship between law enforcement and African Americans. When Karamo and Cory were alone, the pair spoke about the problem in a peaceful manner.
  • God Before Dogma: Unlike its predecessor, the remake deals explicitly with religion and what it means to gay people. Bobby (who fled the church of his upbringing) and Jonathan take a God Before Dogma view, saying God is good but organized religion messes things up.
  • Good Ol' Boy: The police officer they make over is portrayed as this.
  • Guys Are Slobs: Some episodes are heavier on this than others, but present most of the time. Most of the male "heroes" tend to be messy in some way, and the Fab Five have to teach them to be neater and more hygienic.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: The Fab Five's personal lives don't come up much, but they do like reminding the audience and the participants that they're gay.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: The Fab Five, of course, to various extents. They notably encourage the men being made over to do so as well, noting that things like emotions and self-care are necessary and beneficial.
  • Legacy Team: Tan, Karamo, Bobby, Jonathan and Antoni are the second generation Fab Five taking over from the originals.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Jonathan has long locks to complement his position as the resident grooming expert.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Jonathan, who has long brown hair and a beard. Lampshaded for laughs.
    Bobby: Jesus take the wheel.
    Jonathan: Got it!
  • Magical Queer: The whole premise is five gay men coming in to advise and uplift someone who needs help with themselves.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: "Camp Rules" features a family with six young kids; their parents are obviously harried trying to care for all of them properly.
  • Men Can't Keep House:
    • Present in some episodes, where the men being made over have sloppy, messy houses that are invariably made more functional and efficient by the end of the episode.
    • Played very straight in "Unleash the Sexy Beast", where Leo's wife complains about his messiness and lack of regard for house order in the introduction. Again in "Baby on Board", where the fiancee worries about how they're going to get the house ready for a baby because the guy being made over doesn't pick up after himself.
  • Once an Episode:
    • Tan will dress the client in skinnier pants and a well-fitted shirt, probably suggesting a French tuck (just tucking in the front of a shirt, and leaving the rest out).
    • Jonathan will critique the sulfates in the client's shampoo.
    • Bobby will go out and make something with wood.
    • Karamo will have a deep heart-to-heart about emotions.
    • Antoni will teach the client something easy to make but elevated, like guacamole or hotdogs.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Jonathan completely abandons calling the hero a queen during "Sky's The Limit", since Skylar is a transgender man.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Defied. The Fab Five continuously maintain that it is important to show your emotions and be vulnerable every once in a while, and discourage people from keeping others at arm's length.
    Karamo: When people build up walls, they end up keeping other people out but they're also keeping themselves in.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Tan. While all of the Fab Five swear to some extent in the show, you could make a drinking game out of how frequently Tan says "fucking" alone.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Very much at the idealist end. Even more than making people over, the show aims to demonstrate that people of different races, religions, sexual orientations and politics can learn to get along if only they try to understand each other.
  • Straight Gay: Antoni. In one episode, his colleagues point out that this is why he's the only one who isn't nervous when they head into the Georgia backwoods (along with the fact that he's white).
  • Team Pet: In season 3, a French bulldog named Bruley hangs around the Fab Five's loft and features in scenes that are shot there.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Acknowledged and defied. The Fab Five encourage good grooming and style in the men they're making over, emphasizing that it's not just for women and that men should also put in the effort.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Invoked in "A Decent Proposal", since the bride-to-be is a fan of romantic comedies. The proposal is her boyfriend (the person being made over) producing a film about how much he loves her and showing it at a public theater before coming out and popping the question.
  • The Whitest Black Guy: Jess, the heroine of "Black Girl Magic", felt ostracized by the white community growing up for being black, and by the black community for not being black "enough". Karamo disapproves of the notion that there is a set way to be black.

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