We used to consider the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy a guilty pleasure back when it aired from 2003 to 2007, but the new reboot of the reality makeover show is so much more than that—it's an absolute obsession! While the original version seemed to solely focus on the false stereotype that all gay men are style icons and straight men are all clueless slobs, Netflix's Queer Eye is filled to the brim with meaningful advice, inspiration and discussion of important topics like loneliness, embracing your true self and Black Lives Matter. Knowing the Fab 5 of Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France and Antoni Porowski is loving them, and these tweets prove that Queer Eye is the best show Netflix has to offer!
15 Tom and Abby, reunited
Tom, the subject of the first episode of Netflix's Queer Eye, was an absolute sweetheart... but he didn't quite have his life together. He didn't know how to dress, his home was a bit of a mess and he had no idea how to win back the heart of the love of his life, Abby. We were devastated when the episode ended with the fate of Tom and Abby's relationship up in the air, but Tom recently posted on Twitter that thanks to the help of the Fab 5, he was able to get the confidence to work things out with his ex! "We've loved each other for many years and want to spend the rest of our lives together," he wrote, along with a picture of him in one of his adorable Tan-approved outfits. Just when we finally stopped crying over how amazing Queer Eye is, this tweet started the waterworks right back up again.
14 Our gay hearts are exploding
AJ's Queer Eye journey was without a doubt the highlight of the series' fantastic first season. He was the only openly queer person to get a makeover, and his episode focused more on getting him to embrace who he was than on merely changing his look. Losing his father before he was able to come out caused AJ to feel uncomfortable in his presentation as a gay man, and he hid in the closet from his loving stepmother and the majority of his co-workers. A few days with the Fab 5 changed everything. AJ found the confidence to speak to his stepmother, dress in a way that better matched his true personality and get engaged to his long-time partner Drey! Now that's great television. "Our gay hearts are exploding," the official Queer Eye Twitter account said of the happy news.
13 Oscar-level emotion
It's probably for the best that we weren't invited to this year's Oscars, because we would have walked on stage for each award and announced that Queer Eye should have won that category. Yeah, we know that the Academy Awards are for films and not television shows... but Queer Eye deserves all the awards! Every episode had us laughing, crying, swooning and feeling every other sort of emotion you can think of. We have to agree with Jeff's tweet here—there's at least one scene in each of the series' first eight episodes that's on par with the most powerful scenes in this year's Oscar-nominated films. Hollywood needs to stop making so many movies and focus solely on giving us what we really want. More seasons of Queer Eye.
12 Several shows rolled into one
When we first found out Netflix was rebooting Queer Eye, we put the show in our queue and forgot about it for a few days. We like makeover shows, but we didn't think it could possibly be more interesting than the new seasons of Black Mirror or Stranger Things. We were so very wrong, and finally tuning in was probably the best decision we ever made! You see, Queer Eye isn't just a makeover show... it's basically What Not to Wear, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Rachel Ray and a therapy session all in one glorious hour of television. There's a little something for virtually everyone to enjoy, so if you've got it still sitting unwatched in your Netflix queue, you better adjust your priorities and start binge-watching ASAP!
11 We're finally "there"
When the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy aired in the 2000's, people were finally starting to open their minds about homosexuality... but most straight guys were too insecure in their masculinity to tune in. If they did, they kept it quiet and never admitted to being fans of the show. A decade later, things are finally starting to change! Several straight guys are coming forward to admit that they love the Netflix Fab 5, and have publicly confessed to crying during several episodes of the inspirational and emotional first season! Like this tweet states, it's very heartening, and we're so glad that Netflix created a show that everyone—no matter their race, background or sexuality—can enjoy (and happy-cry over). Keep it coming, please!
10 Jonathan is EVERYTHING
We're not afraid to admit that when we were first introduced to Jonathan Van Ness, we found him to be "a little too much." He uses every single cliché phrase you can think of and wears his emotions on his sleeve, so we were frustrated that Netflix found someone so stereotypical for their new Fab 5. But then we got to truly know Jonathan, and realized that his eccentricity roots from his lack of shame in being his true self, and that we should all aspire to be more like him. He's got one of the purest souls of anyone we've ever seen on reality television, and all he wants to do is help people feel as fabulous and fierce as he does on a daily basis. We were too embarrassed to talk like this before watching Queer Eye, but... "YASSS HENNY! WE LOVE YOU QUEEEEN."
9 Before and after
We used to consider ourselves positive people before we watched Queer Eye, but now that we've spent eight glorious episodes with the Fab 5, we're on a whole new level. After seeing how much Tan, Jonathan, Karamo, Bobby and Antoni were able to change people's lives for the better with some advice and good vibes, we've resolved to serve up similar optimistic realness to everyone we come across for the rest of our lives in hopes of doing the same! Whenever we see someone looking like they could use a bit of cheering up, we're going to remind them that they're beautiful and give them some quick tips on how to be more fierce and happy. Then, if there's enough time, we'll pull an Antoni and give them some pointers on how to make guacamole or hot dogs.
8 Our new crush
We have a lot of television crushes. Archie from Riverdale is ridiculously cute, we've been head over heels for the Supernatural Winchester brothers for over a decade and don't even get us started on Milo Ventimiglia from This is Us. Well, they can all move aside now, because there's a new guy in town and he's hotter than the rest of the competition by a long shot. Yes, we are of course talking about Antoni Porowski. He's ridiculously handsome, has a smile that could melt the polar ice caps, is an amazing dresser... and he can cook! We're pretty sure he's the perfect guy, and everyone who has tuned into Queer Eye thinks so. Is it weird that we low-key fantasize about Antoni teaching us how to make tamales?
7 An educational sob-fest
There's a horrible and outdated stereotype that "real men don't cry," but Queer Eye is working really hard to tear that stereotype down and prove that masculinity doesn't equal a lack of emotion. Several of the straight men featured in the series break down and cry over their experiences and transformations, and they make us viewers cry right alongside them! Like Colleen says in her tweet here, the show is perfect because "it starts with straight men crying and it ends with me crying." That's already enough to make it great, but the fact that we also get to learn how to make guacamole during this wonderful and powerfully emotional experience elevates Queer Eye to a whole new level that no other show will ever reach.
6 The only right opinion
Queer Eye taught us several lessons about the importance of accepting and embracing everyone regardless of their differences and viewpoints. We've become a lot more open-minded since starting the life-changing series, but there is one opinion we're still not tolerant of. If you don't agree that Queer Eye is the best series to ever grace a television screen, then you're wrong and we hate you. Culture expert Karamo Brown probably wouldn't approve of us saying something that harsh, but we'd fight to our last breath defending the show and the Fab 5. A person who wouldn't do the same is a person we honestly have no interest in associating with. If you wrongly think Queer Eye isn't "the most electrifying series ever," we highly recommend you keep that bad opinion to yourself.
5 We wish we were that avocado
Antoni is an absolute dreamboat at all times in every single episode of Queer Eye, but the food specialist always seems to be at his absolute hottest when he's in the kitchen. He can make everything—from talking about raw ingredients to heating up hot dogs—seem sexy, and all we want in the world is to cook alongside him. We don't ever expect to find someone as perfect as Antoni for ourselves, but we've made it our new goal to at least find someone who will look at us the way Antoni looks at one of his makeover subjects when they slice an avocado the way he taught them. If someone ever looked at us with that much love and pride in their eyes, we'd probably melt on the spot.
4 Good morning, fireman Micah
The final episode of Queer Eye's first season wasn't as inspirational or emotional as the series' first seven episodes, but fireman Micah still makes it one of our favorites. Instead of helping just one individual work on their look, attitude and home, the Fab 5 helped an entire firehouse... or at least, we think they did. We couldn't take our eyes off of Micah. Just look at those eyes, that smile and his perfect hair! It's no wonder he's such a good fireman—he's already so hot that the flames probably don't even affect him! Queer Eye taught us to look past initial appearances and learn to love who is inside of people, but we can't really blame Caroline for tweeting good morning to fireman Micah "and no one else." He's the whole reason we have 9-1-1 on speed dial.
3 One of these isn't like the others
We value the contributions of every single member of the Fab 5. Jonathan does a great job helping people look as good on the outside as they do on the inside. We love it when Antoni teaches people how to prepare meals in a healthy, delicious and cost-effective way. It's always fun watching Tan give makeover subjects some much needed fashion advice and figuring out how to use his style pointers to adjust our own wardrobes. Karamo's speeches about loving yourselves and letting others in always make us cry. Then there's Bobby, who basically just keeps to himself as he builds people a brand new house from scratch. He's got by far the toughest job, but he gets the least credit for it because his segments aren't as emotional or meaningful as the others'. It's okay, Bobby, we still love you!
2 Slightly different budgets
We're pretty sure Queer Eye intended to prove that all it takes to turn your life around is a few minor changes, but the amount of money the Fab 5 spends on helping people admittedly suggests otherwise. Antoni only requires a few bucks to teach people how to cook and improve their diet, Karamo's culture advice is entirely free and Jonathan's makeovers only cost around a hundred bucks. But Tan's wardrobe fixes cost at least $1000, and Bobby's adjustments to people's homes are insanely expensive. We can all try to be better people, dress a bit nicer, eat healthier and do a better job grooming ourselves... but there's just no way we can give our homes a Bobby-level makeover! We'll just have to live vicariously through the subjects of each episode for that.
1 Definitive rankings
It's almost impossible to pick a favorite when it comes to the Fab 5. You have to love Jonathan's pure soul and hilarious eccentricity. Tan's sense of style and fashion pointers are absolutely flawless. Bobby is ridiculously good at turning people's messy houses into unrecognizably beautiful homes. Antoni is gorgeous and sweet and we'd pay any amount of money to eat a meal with him. And Karamo is filled with powerful and relevant advice. We love them all so much, and we don't know how he could possibly pick one over another. That's why we relate to this definitive ranking tweet—they're all tied for first, because they're all great. And the show is great. And our lives are greater for having watched it. Now give us season two already, Netflix!
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