With oversized balloons and social media GIFs to boot, Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is back for its second season. If you’ve seen the show, you’ve been screaming “YAS QUEEN” since Season 2 was announced, while sending the best Queer Eye GIFs you can find to your equally obsessed BFFs. Since its release, Season 1 has captured audiences all over the world and, although we could spend all day talking about the magic that is Queer Eye, here are the Fab Five reasons we love the show:
1. The Redneck Margarita
Season 1’s first episode introduced us to the hillbilly with a heart of gold, Tom Jackson. Tom’s episode brought us so much, but arguably nothing as important as the Redneck Margarita, the cocktail we didn’t know we needed. Move over Pimm’s Cup, the Mountain Dew/tequila concoction is sure to be the hit drink of the summer. We can only hope that Season 2 will bring us something just as exciting, perhaps The Bumpkin Bloody Mary or even a Local Yokel Cosmo?
That’s Jonathan Van Ness to you Queer Eye virgins. Although each Queer Eye guy is a beautiful and unique snowflake, there’s no one quite like hair expert Jonathan. When he’s not narrating each and every moment at a rapid speed, he’s teaching us the hottest lingo. We’ll all just be “strugs to func” (or in layman’s terms, struggling to function) until JVN leaps back into our lives. If you can’t wait another second for more Jonathan, you can keep up with him on his podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.
3. The Food
Queer Eye’s culinary expert, Antoni Porowski, shows us that you don’t have to juice your way to a better life, but that the road to a better you is, in fact, paved with meatloaf, hot dogs, and mac and cheese. Becoming fabulous while eating grilled cheese? Now there’s an idea we can all get behind. We’ve got our stretchy sweats and toastie makers prepped and ready to go.
4. The Transformations
This show reminds us that true beauty comes from within, but please forgive us while we take the moral low ground, because we can’t pretend we aren’t waiting with baited breath to see what that grizzly looking techie will look like with a beard trim and a good blow out. But it’s not even just the men we like watching transform – although we love when fashion expert Tan France shows a suburban dad just how cute he can look when he swaps his baseball hat for a flat cap – it’s the home improvements that get us hooked. Once you see a messy man cave, you’ll need to know how interior design expert, Bobby Berk, transforms the space after a quick dash to IKEA. Although the show serves up a healthy dose of spiritual transformations, we thank the Fab Five for all the Pinterest inspo.
5. Love is love is love
Strip away the hair product, designer jeans and cordless window blinds, and you’re left with a show that is simply about love. The Queer Eye cast encourage people to be kind and better themselves, all through the ethos of love. They embrace those who don’t immediately embrace them back and aren’t afraid to have seemingly awkward, but productive, conversations (see: culture expert Karamo Brown discussing Black Lives Matter and police brutality with cop Cory in Episode 3). Their love is infectious and just what this world needs. Season 2 promises to be filled with just as many genuine tears and feel-good moments. So let’s lift our Redneck Margs high and toast to a truly fabulous Netflix original.
Queer Eye: Season 1 and 2 is available on Netflix UK, as part of £7.99 monthly subscription.