Peacock’s critically acclaimed Queer as Folk reboot has been cancelled by the streaming service after just one season.
The story, which is a reimagining of Russell T Davies’ groundbreaking 1999 drama of the same name, follows a group of friends whose lives are transformed after a tragic shooting occurs at New Orleans’ popular gay nightclub Babylon.
Ryan O’Connell, Jesse James Keitel, Candace Grace, Johnny Sibilly, Devin Way, Fin Argus, Kim Cattrall, Benito Skinner, Ed Bedgley Jr., Nyle DiMarco and Juliette Lewis all starred in the series.
At the time of its release, the inclusive show earned rave reviews from viewers and critics, with many fans celebrating the series for its diverse LGBTQ+ cast.
However despite receiving heaps of praise, the beloved series will not be returning to Peacock for a second season.
“It’s a rare gift in these times, and in this country, to be able to make a show as fearless and unapologetic as Queer As Folk. This experience changed our lives forever, and we’re so grateful to have found this incredible new family,” he wrote.
“We know how much it’s meant to the fans, and while we’re heartbroken we won’t get to make more episodes, we wanna thank everyone for watching and falling in love with Brodie, Mingus, Ruthie, Noah, Shar, Julian, Daddius, Bussey, Marvin, Judy and Brenda. We’re so grateful for the chance to honor our community and are so proud of this show.”
“Thank you to the cast & crew of #QueerAsFolk for showing up to tell stories that celebrated queerness. Thank you to Stephen & Jaclyn for trusting me & showing me I could fly with this character,” he said.
“Thank you to every person who watched, wrote messages, and stopped me irl to say the show meant something to them. I’ll have this family forever & while it hurts now, I will always be so proud of what we accomplished. Keep supporting queer content y’all. It’s not promised.”
Queer as Folk’s cancellation comes just a few months after all eight episodes were released on Peacock in June.
Here’s how fans reacted to the news:
Queer As Folk reboot got canceled. I am so proud that I got to work on a show that highlighted disabled queer people as sexy, valid and real.
— A. A. Gurza (@aagurza) September 24, 2022
They canceled the Queef As Folk reboot and while I had a few issues with it, I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that I get invested in things, only to have them canceled and that queer media is not given as many chances as the shows with straight leads.
— Jamie 🏳️🌈♿️ (@havetosayyes) September 24, 2022
I can’t believe they canceled the new version of ‘Queer As Folk’ series on Peacock. It was so good and it had the perfect formula for POC queer representation. It’s always the good shows that get canceled.
— VON CHILDS 🧵🎨🎭 (@VonMarkies) September 24, 2022
I like how I started watching Peacock because of the new (quite better than I expected) QUEER AS FOLK and by doing so discovered the delightful RUTHERFORD FALLS. And now both are canceled and Peacock is damn stupid.
— Ryan (@sortathatguy) September 24, 2022
i’m so fuckin pissed that peacock canceled queer as folk.. like wtf
— dj dio (@dejayduh) September 24, 2022
I hope this show finds a new home, particularly at a streaming platform that knows what to do with it. Queer as Folk’s problems can be summed up in one word: Peacock.
My thoughts are with the cast and crew today.https://t.co/nEiR2QyAac
— Official UPS Hate Account (@Nico_Lang) September 24, 2022
Wanna know what performative allyship is? It’s @peacock cancelling Queer as Folk after one season despite record breaking numbers across the world, all because they fulfilled their queer representation quota for the decade.
— emilly b (@emillylovescats) September 24, 2022
I’m truly so heartbroken to see Queer as Folk cancelled by peacock. I hadn’t seen a show with that kind of rich character growth in a long, long time. Fucking bummed to be losing this queerness on tv
— Elisabeth Joffe (@elisabethjoffe) September 24, 2022
I’m so mad that Queer as Folk got cancelled. It managed to be so legit queer and yet never corny, sentimental or didactic and it was witty & had great sex scenes. I can tell when pitching shows now that the brief network interest in queer/trans stories is fading.
— Zoe Whittall (@zoewhittall) September 24, 2022