Every once in a while you get into a Netflix slump where you find yourself re-watching the same shows that you’ve already seen and know the outcome of. I found myself in that phase back in September. When I had the downtime and desire to watch Netflix, I’d go back to the episodes of “FRIENDS” or “How I Met Your Mother,” which are always reliable, but lack anything new or unpredictable. I wanted to find a show that while being funny was also unique, not following the same mold of every other comedy. Lo and behold, it took less than five minutes for me to find Showtime’s drama “Queer As Folk.”

The show, following the lives and interpersonal relationships of five gay men in Pittsburgh, Pa., tackles various controversial topics that are not often — if ever — discussed on television. Several of its storylines include topics such as coming out, gay-bashing, serodiscordant relationships — where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV-positive — and safe sex. Each of these storylines gives the viewers terrific insight into the lives of some people within the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, the show addresses the social and political discourse that is particularly strong during its run from 2000 to 2005, which coincided with former president George W. Bush’s first term in office.

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