Peacock’s “reimagining” of Russell T. Davies’ groundbreaking Queer as Folk series will be ready for the bingeing on Thursday, June 9.
The streamer announced the release date on Wednesday morning, along with the reveal of several first photos from its freshman season.
Created this time around by Stephen Dunn (with Davies serving as an executive producer), the new Queer as Folk will follow a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy.
“Like most queer ‘90s kids, I had a unique relationship with the original Queer as Folk,” Dunn said in a statement. “Growing up, I was desperate for any sort of connection with people like me. It was the first time I really felt seen…. It was truly iconic.”
With this reimagining, Dunn said, “I wanted to create a new groundbreaking version of this show for this moment. Our new Queer as Folk is set in New Orleans — one of the most unique queer communities in North America — and I am immensely proud that the new series is comprised of an electric ensemble of fresh characters that mirror the modern global audience. If there’s one person who is able to see Queer as Folk and feel less alone, or who now feels more supported and seen, our job is done.”
Davies in his own statement said, “I’m very proud of what we achieved in 1999, but in queer years, that was a millennium ago! As a community, we’ve radicalized, explored, opened up, and found new worlds – with new enemies and new allies – and there was so much to be said. Stephen pitched a brand new version of Queer as Folk with so much imagination, insight, and crucially, joy, that I simply couldn’t resist…. The 2022 show is more diverse, more wild, more free, more angry – everything a queer show should be.”
The series regulars for Peacock’s Queer as Folk include Grey’s Anatomy alum Devin Way (he/him) as Brodie (he/him), Total Eclipse‘s Fin Argus (they/them) as Mingus (he/him/they/them), Big Sky‘s Jesse James Keitel (she/her) as Ruthie (she/her), CG (they/them) as Shar (they/them), Hacks‘ Johnny Sibilly (he/him) as Noah (he/him) and Special‘s Ryan O’Connell (he/him) — who is also a writer and co-EP on the series — as Julian (he/him). (Scroll down to our Character Guide for full character descriptions.)
Two guest stars featured down below in our Character Guide include Work in Progress‘ Armand Fields (they/them) as Bussey (she/her in drag, he/him out of drag) and Teenage Bounty Hunters‘ Eric Graise (he/him) as Marvin (he/him).
Additionally, you can expect to see Kim Cattrall (she/her) as Brenda (she/her), a martini-soaked Southern debutante with trailer park roots; Juliette Lewis (she/her) as Judy (she/her), a single mom who is more of a friend than a parent to her teen; Ed Begley Jr. (he/him) as Winston (he/him), an emotionally distant father; Chris Renfro (they/them) as Daddius (he/they), a fun-loving hedonist; Sachin Bhatt (he/him) as Ali (he/him), an empathetic sex worker; Benito Skinner (he/him) as Jack Cole Jordan (he/him), a self-aggrandizing influencer; Nyle DiMarco (he/him) as Leo (he/him), a charming grad student; Lukas Gage (he/him) as Eric (he/him), a personal trainer; Megan Stalter (she/her) as Meg (she/her), an aspiring singer; Olli Haaskivi (he/him) as George (he/him), “a friend from the mall”; and Calvin Seabrooks (he/him) as Taylor (he/him), a reluctant dinner party guest.