Season Four Eastsiders Streaming Gay TV Series
We started watching the 4th season of Netflix’s streaming gay TV series, Eastsiders, and I just had some thoughts. It’s not a review. I’ve watched all the episodes from previous seasons and I’ve seen a few from this new season, and I’ll continue to watch the rest. I like the show. And that’s not because I like or identify with any of the characters. In fact, I’ve been openly gay for most of my life and I can’t relate to a single character in this show, and I’m not even sure if I like them.
I live in New Hope, PA, which is a gay destination point and has been for many years. We’ve been spending a great deal of time in Palm Springs, CA in the last few years, which is another gay destination. My gay brother lives in Manhattan, and I’m familiar with many gay men there. More than half my gay friends live in Wilton Manors, FL. However, I don’t think there’s one single gay person in my own life that I can say reminds me of the gay people on Eastsiders. And that’s partly why I like watching it. I like seeing that kind of diversity with gay men…even when I can’t relate to anything about the characters or the lives they live.
At times Eastsiders can be a little self-indulgent, and at other times a little amateur. For example, one character is a writer and they use the typical old author cliche where he gets a great book deal in New York, gets a fantastic advance from a big publisher, and he’s on his way to becoming the next James Patterson. Huzzah!! Instant success!! But then again, all TV shows do this sort of thing with characters who are writers. It’s a standard cheap cliche and I guess most people don’t know any better. I just don’t like the fact that they portray the publishing industry in such an unrealistic way. But I certainly won’t stop watching Eastsiders because of that.
Even though the story lines are moving in all kinds of directions this season, it’s definitely not too complicated to follow. The only thing that bothers me is that the characters aren’t that memorable, and I mean that in the most literal way. I’m finding it difficult to remember the story lines and the characters from previous seasons. I don’t usually have that problem. I’ve watched every season of Grace and Frankie and I never forgot the most important characters there. I watched all seasons of Transparent and I never forgot those characters. But even that’s not going to stop me from watching Eastsiders. And I think that’s because it’s so different from anything else that’s on TV with gay content. And I recommend it to anyone who does like gay content. If for no other reason, it’s interesting to see just how some gay men live nowadays.
You can read more about it, here. There are also a few reviews. They seem to be split.
Ru Paul’s New Netflix Series AJ and the Queen
They just dropped the trailer for Ru Paul’s new TV series, AJ and the Queen, on Netflix.
It’s about a drag queen who has a sudden reversal of fortune so they are forced to do a cross country tour to make money. While on the road, they meet an 11 year old runaway. It’s a trope that’s been done time and again, but it’s a good trope, too.
It’s difficult to tell from the trailer about this one, but I’ll definitely check it out. It will begin on Netflix on January 10th. You can check it out here.