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Queer as Folk: The Complete Collection 2 Seasons

Season 1
4.2 out of 5 stars (108) IMDb 8.2/10

This groundbreaking series became a TV phenomenon in the U.K. and inspired a long-running American remake. Witty, daring, and unapologetic, it celebrates gay culture while tackling universal themes of friendship, love, self-acceptance, and adulthood.

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Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly

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1. Episode 1

Lifelong best friends Vince Tyler and Stuart Alan Jones regularly prowl Manchester's gay clubs looking for love--or just a good time. One night, Stuart picks up 15-year-old Nathan for a tryst and unintentionallly becomes entangled in the boy's life.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour Release date: February 23, 1999
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2. Episode 2

Vince's flamboyant friend Alexander comes to visit, and Phil's encounter with a man on Canal Street has tragic results. Meanwhile, Nathan's mother questions his sexual orientations, and he reacts badly.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: March 9, 1999
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3. Episode 3

When Cameron asks Vince out to dinner, Vince awkwardly attempts to navigate the dating scene. Stuart learns that his parents plan to divorce, inspiring him to reunite Nathan with his family. Cameron confronts Stuart about his treatment of Vince.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute Release date: March 23, 1999
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4. Episode 4

At Vince's 30th birthday party, Stuart finally goes one step too far and infuriates Vince. Stuart also conspires to expose Romey's fraudulent marriage to the authorities. Nathan reluctantly moves back home, and Vince makes an important decision about his

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes Release date: April 6, 1999
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This DVD contains the first series - 4 hours on two discs - of *Queer as Folk* as it was originally seen on television in the U.K. I hesitated for awhile, wondering whether it was worth the rather steep price for two discs. (Actually, I didn't know how many discs there were -- search as you might, I dare you to find that information here). Plus, I wasn't crazy about the what I saw of the U.S. version. Finally, I'm always scared by films and television from the U.K. because the regional accents are often indecipherable to my Yankee ear. Anyway, I bought it and I'm glad I did.
First, I had no problem with the accents or the regional idioms. All the "shagging" and "wanking" wore off on me a bit, actually. ("Do you think ov'im when you av'a wank? No? Then ee's your Boyfriend alright.") The teleplay is flawless. Other reviewers are better at synopsis than I am. The point is, it's how the story's told that really sells this.
The ensemble cast, led by Aiden Gillen, Craig Kelly, and Charlie Hunnam is terrific. Where the U.S. show had guys who really looked good but weren't very interesting, this show has more or less normal, but still good looking guys who look better and better as you get to know them. As Stuart, Aiden Gillen, for example, plays a character who "doesn't even have to work for it." But it's not so much that he's a god, physically, it's rather his attitude, which is so much more complicated than the voracious party boy he pretends to be. Craig Kelly broke my heart as Vince, Stuart's best friend, who apparently has been smitten by Stuart since they were both 12.
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I had seen 'Queer As Folk' in its original cut in the U.K., and I was dutifully impressed by how realistic, breezily fun and uncompromising this series was. As sexy, glitzy and prettily-cast the American version is, it doesn't have the heart or depth of the British original.
One of the most obvious things the U.K. version develops better is its characters. The non-chalant and irresponsible Stuart is not as cut and dry as his American counterpart (though I personally find the American Brian to be more attractive), and the multi-dimensional character is served by a more interesting actor. The hapless character of Vince, with his babbling unease, obsession with 'Doctor Who' and endearing modesty is never hard to watch, and he is played with absolute earnest by Craig Kelly. Nathan, as played by Charlie Hunnam (late of Fox's 'Undeclared') is a fresh-faced and honest character with a well developed transformation from innocent boy to more worldly young man.
Without the need to stretch stories out for whole seasons at a time, this miniseries is able to spend just enough time on all the fun and serious moments which comprise the plots of these 8 episodes. While this series isn't as graphic or as dependent on sex as the Showtime version, it certainly has more than its fair share of controversial situations and characters, and as a result it is a far more daring and relevant production.
The DVDs are a bare-bones presentation of the series, condensing all 8 episodes into 4, and editing some scenes while severely altering the soundtrack into basically a series of generic (read: cheap) dance tracks.
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I watched the first series of QAF when it aired in the UK and it was pretty ground breaking stuff over here. This was mainly due to the gritty storylines and its 'no holes barred' approach. I loved the series as it was refreshing to see gay storylines that weren't all about HIV and queer bashing (which is all you got previously on british TV). I disagree with some of the other reviewers as I thought it was really well acted and the casting was fantastic.
The american QAF has just started to be aired on cable over here and I found it a little disappointing though still enjoyable. Me and many of my mates were really excited when we heard HBO were releasing an american version. Even Russell T Davies (the writer of britsh QAF) hailed it as fantastic. Yes the actors are much more attractive and there's more nudity and better sex scenes, but if thats all you want from a series, go and get some porn. If you can't watch TV without needing to be titilated the brish series is probably not for you. I personally prefer the series because its not so 'fluffy' and makes you question your own opinions and ideas of gay life. It had to be rougher cause thats life in the UK - no one here would of been able to relate to the beauty of QAF USA. Maybe a british audience expect different things to an american audience. It also appealed to a huge sraight following here because it wasn't incredibly homo-erotic.
If you enjoy good, gritty drama as opposed to lighter, sweeter, more attractive TV, I think you'll like the series a lot. QAF USA is good and has its place but in my mind doesn't equal this series.
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