Queer Eye — the Netflix Original reality show — is a reboot of its parent Bravo series, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which aired on July 2003. To give a bit of prologue, the 2003 show features executive producers David Collins, Michael Williams, and David Metzler. The 5-season series comprises 100 episodes — spanning from 2003 to 2007 — and each episode has a runtime of 43-54 minutes.
Here, creator David Collin tries to focus on the popular stereotype, where gay men are considered experts in subjects related to style, fashion, personal grooming, interior decor, and culture. Each episode centers around a group of five gay guys –referred to as the Fab Five — who recreate the wardrobe and appearance of another straight individual. The crew — consisting of Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jain Rodrigues — also offers tips on grooming methods, lifestyle and food choices. Owing to its unique concept, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy became an instant hit — and was soon followed by a spinoff series in 2004 centered toward women — namely, Queer Eye for the Straight Girl. The name was shortened to Queer Eye during the third, fourth, and fifth seasons to make it a show independent of any sexual orientation. It concluded with its finale airing on October 30, 2007.
The reboot version premiered on Netflix in 2018 and features a new Fab Five team — namely, Antoni Porowski as the food and wine expert, Tan France as the fashion expert, Karamo Brown as the culture expert, Bobby Berk as the design expert and Jonathan Van Ness as the grooming expert. Just like its predecessors, it also opened to positive reviews. And if you have already watched it and are looking for some similar titles to binge on, you are at the right place. Here’s the list of best tv series similar to Queer Eye that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like Queer Eye on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
11. How Do I Look? (2004)
How Do I Look? is a makeover reality show which premiered on the Style Network on January 16, 2004. The plot of the series revolves around fashion victims, nominated by accomplices — who can be their family members, friends, or colleagues. Every episode first introduces the contestant, who usually has poor fashion taste and makes bad lifestyle decisions. The two accomplices report how the person’s choices are negatively affecting his/her life. They are then joined by a professional stylist who examines the participant’s wardrobe, discards unfavorable items, and critiques his/her style sense. Finally, after the contestant having a one-to-one conversation with the host, the accomplices are set to shop for clothing. The final collection — complete with apparel, makeup and hairstyle — is presented by the contestant, who asks, “how do I look?” How Do I Look? also has an Asian version, namely, How Do I Look? Asia and a South African variant, namely, How Do I Look? South Africa.
10. Love, Lust or Run (2015)