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Short-Lived Shows: Queer Eye for the Straight Girl

by Annie Wu, posted May 28th 2006 3:05PM
Queer EyeBravo was stunned by the runaway success of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy after its premiere in 2003. To try and recreate this success, they attempted to do the same show for the ladies, this time pulling together a whole new cast for Queer Eye for the Straight Girl. What a mess. The show ended after its first and only thirteen-episode season, which was about twelve episodes too long.

Even if they had started the show about a year earlier to hook onto the peak of the Queer Eye buzz, I don't think the show would have lasted very long. Whereas the chemistry amongst the Fab Five from Straight Guy seemed organic, everything from Straight Girl seemed forced and annoying. They were trying too hard to fit the Queer Eye mold while breaking from the "general makeover show" mold at the same time. Plus, there were already loads of makeover shows for women already... We didn't need another one, and certainly not one as cheesy as this show was.

The only good that came from this show was that we finally learned the identity of the creepy, dancing, old guy from the Six Flags commercials. Some Internet sleuths did some digging and found out that Danny Teeson (the bald fellow on the left) was the one couldn't stop dancing to that irritatingly mind-numbing Venga Boys song.

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My wife was actually made over on "Straight Girl." We were the first episode they filmed, though the second-to-last one that they aired. I can say that the individual "Gal Pals" were all nice, friendly, and excited to be on their new (short-lived) show. But I do agree with your assessment; namely, that their camaraderie seemed forced, and that they seemed to be playing at their roles.

None of the foursome were truly "experts" in the areas they advised the Straight Girls, which I think influenced the show's feeling of a lack of credibility. Ted on the original "Queer Eye" was a noted food enthusiast; Danny advised the girls on making meals, but read off a recipe card.

We did, however, enjoy all the free stuff that they gave us :)

May 28 2006 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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