“THIS SHOW IS PUNCHING ME IN EVERY EMOTIONAL DIRECTION.”
Earlier this week, Channel 4 launched their very own drag-centric series chronicling British drag collective The Family Gorgeous – comprised of Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic, Lil, TeTe Bang and Liquorice Black – as they tour the country.
Fans hailed Drag SOS as a combination between RuPaul’s Drag Race and Queer Eye, as it follows the queens as they offer their expertise to LGBTQ people who are struggling with their sexuality and identity.
In the first episode, the collective travelled to Dover and helped university student Nico, who previously suffered with an eating disorder and mental health issues, and single mother Abby, who needed a much-needed boost in her self-esteem.
Both were huge tear-jerkers, but the storyline that resonated most with audiences was between supermarket advisor Shaun and his gay son, Owen. During the episode, Shaun expressed regret for not accepting his son’s sexuality sooner.
He was later put into drag – and given the fabulous name Poppy Love – to better connect with his son, an avid fan of the art-form. “I’m standing in a Drag Lab being made up as a drag queen and feeling all sorts of emotions,” he said.
It was particularly emotional for Anna, who after hearing his story, de-dragged and told Shaun of her tumultuous relationship with her father. Fans were left in tears and were quick to praise the show and share their feelings on Twitter – see below.
“My five year old grandson calls me Poppy instead of Grandad. He’s autistic and whenever I cuddle him I say ‘come and get some Poppy love’ so that should be my drag name…”
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST THIS SHOW IS PUNCHING ME IN EVERY EMOTIONAL DIRECTION. #DragSOS
— mildred fierce (@itsryanithink) June 25, 2019
— Derv007 (@DervishDervish) June 26, 2019
— Darren Haywood (@darren_haywood) June 25, 2019
#DragSOS Omg I’m in bloody bits at this dad !! What a lovely thing to do to try and connect with your son !! Great show ????
— Briana Atherton (@Brianabobanna) June 26, 2019
You can’t call yourself a parent if you disown your child for being part of the LGBT community. You don’t deserve to be their parents
— M ????????❤️ (@Sugar_Plum_90) June 25, 2019
Honestly that was amazing. Down to earth, real, camp and nicely British. I ended with both a smile and a tear; And not wanting to wait till next week! When politics feels a bit of a mess and when we're still having to stand up for our rights, this is what we need #DragSOS
— Oli Kasin (@OliverKasin) June 25, 2019
omg i’m nearly sobbing at the dad crying and saying how bad he felt that his son used to make his costumes and play with makeup alone, we must let kids express themselves freely and without judgement, even join in with them! #DragSOS pic.twitter.com/EezHiN1Vbd
— chloé (@chloeannelillia) June 25, 2019
— Lyla Grammer (@LylaGrammer) June 25, 2019
#DragSOS was stunning. Channel 4 have done this RIGHT. So uplifting and emotional and celebratory. Well done all involved, some of the most beautiful real life tv I’ve seen ❤️
— Joe Black (@misterjoeblack) June 26, 2019
Oh my, this is literally the best thing I've seen on tv for ages. Shake up dull Britain and make us happy again you gorgeous people!!#DragSOS
— Catherine (@cathwoodcollins) June 25, 2019
My lordddddd, #DragSOS doing not only the Manchester queer scene proud but, the whole nation ????✨
— One (@_georgemugg_) June 26, 2019
#dragsos Shed some tears watching this..amazing show
— Melanie Irvine (@MelanieIrvine6) June 25, 2019
Just caught the 1st episode of #DragSOS, omg those ladies are amazing, how they are helping others find inner strength whilst talking about their own experiences left me in tears, so motivating.
— nadene aubrey (@viviansparkle) June 27, 2019
— pixie_duszt (@pixie_duszt) June 27, 2019
Best father and son moment on TV ever #DragSOS
— millymollytommop (@millymollyphone) June 26, 2019
I wasn’t expecting to cry at #DragSOS
— Dan Scott (@dan_scott8721) June 26, 2019
That dad who did it to be closer to his son. Absolutely wonderful! A parent and human we should all inspire to be! Tonight you were Britain's greatest dad Poppy Love! Loved it! ❤ #DragSOS
— Juan Diego (@JDWaldorf) June 25, 2019
Omg wtf why does #DragSOS have me crying like the little cocksucking bitch that i am
— Sam G. (@jotohombrelobo) June 27, 2019
Me watching Drag SOS. pic.twitter.com/pEOQ7AkfFL
— Becca Smith (@BeccaSmith94) June 26, 2019
Just teared up at #dragsos on the train this is horrible I haven’t felt an emotion since the 70s
— Steph (@stephacakes93) June 27, 2019
Cried like a bitch ! Owens dads the best ❤️ and girls were brilliant, when you coming to Wales #dragsos
— Bethan Morgan (@beth_mogs) June 25, 2019
For the gays who have only ever watched Drag Race #DragSOS is exactly what UK Drag is all about! It’s more than a synced waist and a death drop! Loved it!
— KenJP (@KenJPMcKay) June 26, 2019
Drag SOS making me all emotional lmao Aimee stop crying????
— aimee (@aimeelbx) June 27, 2019
Just blubbing at #DragSOS ???? such a lovely programme!
— Shay???? (@shaykennedyblog) June 25, 2019
Watch the first episode of Drag SOS here.