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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
“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
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