‘Queer Eye’ season two: everything you need to know

Still anxiously waiting for the second season of ‘Queer Eye’ to hit your screens? Well, grab your diaries, open your calendars and cancel your plans – the show will premiere on Netflix on 15 June.

That’s right, the Fab Five will return in just 18 days (not that we’re counting) — less than three months after the renewal was confirmed.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, ‘Queer Eye’ is a Netflix series in which a team of five queer men (generally referred to as the Fab Five) team up to help out a man in need. The subject is given an updated wardrobe and lessons on personal grooming, taught to cook, has a quick heart-to-heart with the show’s “culture expert” and is then whisked back to their freshly decorated home (or, in one memorable instance, fire station) for a reunion with friends and family.

But the makeovers aren’t just about looks. Over the course of 40 minutes, the viewer watches each guy flourish, come out of his shell and earn the confidence he deserves. I’m not ashamed to say that I shed a tear when AJ Brown came out to his stepmother and late father, or when heartbroken and desolate Tom Jackson said to the Fab Five: “You can’t fix ugly.”

Since their appearances on the show, both men have benefitted from their makeovers – AJ is engaged to his long-term boyfriend, and Tom has remarried Abby, his ex-wife with whom he was still madly in love.

The show is a reboot of Bravo’s ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’, which originally ran from 2003-2007. The new version has several noticeable differences — firstly, the new Fab Five are significantly more diverse than their predecessors and, as the change in title suggests, the show no longer focuses solely on straight men.

‘Queer Eye’ was something of a surprise hit for Netflix, who originally commissioned the show for just eight episodes (though rumour has it that the second season was filmed at the tail end of the first, so perhaps someone on the production team noticed the show’s potential after all). It has been praised for its diverse cast, its handling of complex issues and its representation of masculinity in the modern age.

And even with this quick turnaround, it looks like we’re going to get some of the additional content we’ve been yearning for – ‘Queer Eye’ season two is slated to include the show’s first female and trans subjects.

It’s not yet clear if the show will be uploaded weekly or all at once, though all of season one was made available at once, so it seems likely that the new season will follow the same pattern. So cancel your plans, silence your phone and prepare yourself for some tears — season two is coming, and it’s coming soon.

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