Few reality television shows come along that equally warm your heart and give you greater hope for humanity like Netflix’s Queer Eye does. A reboot of the popular early 2000s show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Queer Eye focuses on giving worthy candidates lifestyle makeovers to boost their confidence and give them a better outlook on life. If you don’t have time to completely binge all three seasons, here are the best five Queer Eye episodes to get you in the spirit!
With the help of Karamo (culture expert), Antoni (food and wine expert), Tan (fashion expert), Bobby (interior design expert), and Jonathan (grooming expert), each of the candidates or “heroes” get a fun experience learning lifestyle lessons all while getting a makeover at the same time.
Best Queer Eye Episodes #5 – You Can’t Fix Ugly (S1:E1)
An iconic hero of Queer Eye (in my opinion) is none other than Tom from Dallas, Georgia. Tom is 57 years-old and has a daily routine that he’s comfortable with – go to work, come home, watch tv, and fix himself a two-ingredient “redneck margarita” that consists of tequila and Mountain Dew, yum! Since the start of the episode, Tom uses the phrase, “you can’t fix ugly” to describe his outer appearance and doesn’t have much confidence.
The Fab Five help to remind Tom that not only is he a handsome man, but he also possesses a ton of other qualities that make him a wonderful person inside and out. When you need a good laugh and want to warm your heart, this is one of the best Queer Eye episodes.
Best Queer Eye Episodes #4 – Black Girl Magic (S3:E5)
Season three had so many great moments and heroes, but one particularly amazing one was 23 year-old Jess Guilbeaux, the hero of episode five. Jess has been on her own since she was 16 when her adoptive parents kicked her out of the house upon finding out she was a lesbian. Since then, Jess felt displaced and never regained a sense of home for herself. With the help of the Fab Five and especially Karamo, Jess rediscovers her strength and power as a strong, black, lesbian woman. You’ll definitely need tissues for this one, too.
#3 – Dega Don’t (S1:E3)
One of the great elements about Queer Eye is the show’s ability to tackle difficult subjects and start a dialogue among viewers about important things going on in the country. The third episode into the show’s first season, Dega Don’t is a great example of people bridging the gap between differences by having a conversation.
At the start of the episode, as the Fab Five are on the way to meet the hero (policeman Cory), they get pulled over with Karamo driving the car. Karamo is visibly distraught and uncomfortable in this situation despite being a television personality on the show. The cop turns out to be a friend of the hero, and it was all a prank on the guys.
Later on in the show, Karamo voices to Cory how the encounter made him afraid as a black man living in present society as the tensions between the black community and cops are growing stronger. The two have a conversation and Cory explains that he understands the injustices that are going on and that he and Karamo are more similar than different. The two have a great friendship and follow each other on Instagram!
#2 – Jones Bar-B-Q (S3:E3)
A few episodes into the most recent season of the show, we meet the unforgettable Jones sisters, Deborah (Little) and Mary (Shorty) at their very popular BBQ business in Kansas City, Kansas. Little and Shorty have dedicated their hearts and souls to their business, and the Fab Five’s mission is to revamp their BBQ business as well as give the sisters a boost of confidence.
In this wonderful episode, Shorty (who is embarrassed by her smile) visits a dentist to get a beautiful new smile and the sisters get a head start at expanding their business by selling their delicious BBQ sauce. Due to the popularity of the show, the Jones sisters business is thriving and they have their own site showcasing their yummy food and iconic sauce – how awesome is that!
#1 – God Bless Gay (S2:E1)
An episode that will forever live as one of the best in the series as a whole, God Bless Gay is perfect combination of humorous, tear-jerking, and heart warming. In this episode, the Fab Five travel to Gay, Georgia (yes, you read that right!) to makeover an incredible hero named Mama Tammye. A strong and large part of her community and her church, Mama Tammye is a mom and teacher who has overcome harsh obstacles like battling cancer and losing her mother to the same disease.
Instead of choosing to have the interior of her home redesigned, Mama Tammye requests that her community center be the focus of Bobby’s project. Giving and incredibly loving, Mama Tammye makes this episode a joy to watch. I guarantee you’ll need tissues for this one, especially when you see Antoni break down and cry in her arms. Is someone chopping onions?