Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk. In this post we’re going to be talking about Gayborhood Episodes 3 & 5.
Gayborhood is a comedic, American web series about the lives of a group of friends. The show is setup in a mock reality show format to depict the daily lives of these people. They go out and have hilarious yet normal events and narrate their thoughts and feelings about them during a separate shooting (much like on shows like The Kardashians).
Some of the characters are Adrian, the flamboyant and fabulous drag queen. Blaine, the sex crazed and dimwitted jock. Sethe the artistic soul who can’t decide if he’s gay, bi, or what have you. Leacey, a sweet-natured individual and the only girl in the group. And many more.
My Thoughts Before Watching
I’m very honored to have been contacted by REVRY and invited for a press review of the new series. REVRY is a new website that’s trying to become an easy space to access LGBTQ media of all kinds. From tv shows, movies, and web series to even things like podcasts and music. Since that goes hand and hand with Queer Fudanshi’s goals, it seems fitting that I was invited to talk about their first original series.
Besides seeing the trailer, I don’t know anything about this series, so I don’t have any bias. On top of that, the two episodes I’ll be watching are Gayborhood Episodes 3 & 5. These are right smack in the middle of the series, so it lets me get a true taste of the show.
Keep in mind that, as always, I’ll be sharing my spoiler thoughts of these episodes down below. If you don’t want to be spoiled then wait for my weekly non-spoiler video.
This is Gayborhood Episodes 3 & 5.*
*Note that this is not a sponsored video. In addition, I was given early access to view the series, but I intend to share my unbiased opinion of the two episodes whether it’s good or bad.
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The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):
Episode 3: “Blown By Bocaj”
The first few minutes had me feeling off. Mostly, that’s because I’m starting two episodes in. The characters were already established and I’m playing catch up. Also, I had to adjust to the show’s faux reality setup. That said, once I hit the lottery scene I started to sink in.
Once I realized and adjusted to the format of the show I found it funny. Gayborhood is a lot like Parks and Rec in that way. It starts off as off-putting, but once you spend a little time with the character and understand the setup of the show you become able to connect and laugh with it. (Plus, they’re both faux reality shows).
As for the characters, I loved Leacey and Adrian. Leacey, played by Anna Schlegel, was the fun best friend that we all want. She also carried a lot of the humor. Her breakdown at the soft opening was hilarious. Meanwhile, Adrian, played by Nate Stoner, is beautifully flamboyant and engaging.
As for the characters I wasn’t so fond of, first there was Blaine who I just couldn’t get on the first watch. It took me a second to understand that he’s the dimwitted, sex rampant jock of the group. Possibly the reason I didn’t connect with him was because his personality was so different than mine. Also, I wasn’t a fan of Sethe, but that’s mostly because of how he treated Leacey.
Episode 5: “I Am the Surprise Queen”
As for episode 5, it was less comedic and more realistic. Episode 3 felt very much like it was making fun of the reality show genre. This one however felt to me like it was just a regular installment in that genre.
That’s not to say the episode wasn’t funny. The scenes with Blaine’s Instagram and makeout session got more hilarious the longer they went. Also, I loved Leacey and Dixie’s scene in the middle of the episode. They were absolutely hilarious and Dixie’s coke line killed me.
Also, D’Ante, played by Kientré Gill, was an interesting addition to the cast. First, I was just happy to see a black person. (On that note, I’m happy that this show does try to be inclusive in terms of race with the addition of D’Ante and Bocaj). Also, D’Ante’s personality and character made him come off as the emotional and moral center of the group. That made his character an interesting add to the group.
In addition, I have to comment and say that I like that this show is an unabashed look at gay culture in America. It’s messy sometimes, but its just giving an honest (and humorous) look at gay life. Also, in a time when American gay culture is trying to push out femininity for “bro-ness,” I appreciate shows like The Real O’Neals and Gayborhood for not only acknowledging that gay men can be flamboyant but also celebrating that.
I want to thank REVRY for allowing me to view the press screening of Gayborhood Episodes 3 & 5. I had fun watching them and I laughed a good amount of times. I enjoyed the experience.
My rating for Gayborhood Episodes 3 & 5 is 4 stars out of 5. What’s Yours?