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Queer Eye season three revaluation- feelgood TV doesn’t get any better

It could so easily be nauseating, but the Fab Fives life-affirming makeover show still has a striking endow for bide the right side of saccharine

After two wonderful, weepy, life-affirming seasons of Queer Eye( Netflix ), there were bound to be questions about longevity. How many more the National T-shirts could Antoni perhaps own? Will France hold its namesake Tan honorary citizenship for pioneering the French Tuck? Can avocados ever be the only ingredient in a recipe? I would gladly take an endless number of its makeovers- there’s nothing more heartwarming than a lumberjack discovering he enjoys himself- but inevitably, there will be a question, more, over whether it can still churn out the freshness it produced where reference is first made an up-to-date spin on its old semblance, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, at the start of 2018.

The Fab Five do not balk at fridges full of leftovers on the turn, or T-shirts that have long since missed their summon as a dishrag, and for this third season, they have pointed that can-do attitude towards their own format. That’s not to say there are any radical differences in the premise: five lesbian followers, in disagree colours of outlandish, heading to the midwest of America to meet people whose lives need shaking up and give them motivational communications about self-worth and self-care while tidying up their form. There are, however, attempts to widen the net- to make it only that little bit different.

Queer Wonderful and weepy … Queer Eye. Photograph: Christopher Smith/ Netflix

Their first case, Jody, is a 49 -year-old correctional patrolman from the outstandingly named Amazonia, Missouri. She is a camouflage-wearing, animal-hunting, self-confessed” country downwards” kind of woman. She is at her happiest when hunting or fishing. Her wardrobe corresponds exclusively of invests best described as functional. Her husband, Phil, adoration her, but she wants to start taking more care of herself. The husbands swarm around her daily routine like chicks flock to Snow White. Tan sorts the wardrobe, Jonathan bridegrooms her long red fuzz into a Connie Britton-esque glamour’ do, Antoni tells her not to be afraid of chomping down on a lobster in a classy restaurant, Bobby tries to wrestle the hunting awards into a single wall of death, and then Karamo does his thing. Fucking – god, when Karamo does his thing.

If If you can make it without tearing up at a Karamo moment you have a stonier soul than I … Queer Eye. Photograph: Denise Crew/ Netflix

In each escapade, the moment Karamo steps into the spotlight is the one where we reach for the tissues. He get Jody to talk about the tragedy that stopped her doing anything nice for herself. He get others opening hours about their terrifying childhoods, their alcoholism, their lack of ambition or self-esteem. If you can make it through an escapade without tearing up at a Karamo moment then you have a stonier soul than I.

What has given Queer Eye a shot in the backside is its ongoing willingness to learn. If that voices cheesy, then it is, but so much of this demo teeters on the edge of saccharine, only to pull it back with some real talk and a well-timed joke( and they can be judgmental, too- Karamo announces Jody’s interior design, all deer pates and stuffed ducks,” a fright movie “). Jody balks the idea that she should be ” traditionally ” feminine, so the Fab Five resist it with her. In another excellent Karamo interlude, he realises that the last thing a woman needs is a man lecturing her about what femininity entails, so he establishes her to a group of women who talk about what reaches them unique. Writing this, I realise it chimes nauseating, but it is one of the show’s most remarkable tones that it plows such stages with a perfectly gentle hand.

Such subtlety is not always at the forefront. When Jonathan van Ness struts through a store in high heels, clicking his digits, shouting,” Full! Spa! Day !”, it’s obvious that Queer Eye likes to have fun. But it is kind and warm, and it is the most feelgood of feelgood TV, and it manages to entertain by intersection, for a era at least, boundaries of class, of hasten and of virility. I tittered when it opened with the voiceover of a happy client telling them they have ” talents” and that they are using them” for the good of humanity “. But then I watched a few cases more occurrences and realised it isn’t exclusively without foundation. And as RuPaul says at the end of every escapade of Drag Race:” If you can’t love yourself, how in the inferno you gonna love somebody else ?”

Queer Eye season three is on Netflix now.

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