Queer Eye is an American reality television series that premiered on the cable television network Bravo in July 2003. Originally Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the title was later shortened to broaden the overall scope. The series was created by executive producers David Collins and Michael Williams along with David Metzler through their company, Scout Productions.
Each episode features a team of gay professionals in the fields of fashion, personal grooming, interior design, entertaining and culture collectively known as the "Fab Five" performing a makeover (in the parlance of the show, a "make-better"), usually for a heterosexual (straight) man: revamping wardrobe, redecorating, and offering advice on grooming, lifestyle, and food.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy quickly became a surprise success, resulting in merchandising, franchising of the concept internationally, and a woman-oriented spin-off, Queer Eye for the Straight Girl. Queer Eye won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2004. The series' name was abbreviated to Queer Eye at the beginning of its third season to include making over individuals regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Queer Eye ended production during June 2006 and the final episode aired on October 30, 2007. During September 2008, the Fine Living Network briefly aired Queer Eye in syndication.
The series was revived with a new Fab Five in 2018 when a Netflix reboot released its first season to positive reviews.
The "Fab Five"
Cast of Queer Eye
, from left to right: Kyan, Jai, Carson, Ted and Thom
- Ted Allen: "Food and Wine Connoisseur", expert on alcohol, beverages, food preparation and presentation
- Kyan Douglas: "Grooming Guru", expert on hair, grooming, personal hygiene, and makeup
- Thom Filicia: "Design Doctor", expert on interior design and home organization
- Carson Kressley: "Fashion Savant", expert on clothing, fashion and personal styling
- Jai Rodriguez: "Culture Vulture", expert on popular culture, relationships and social interaction