Netflix Gay Series "Uncoupled" With Neil Patrick Harris Gets Mixed Reviews On IMDb, Ryan Field Books

 Netflix Gay Series “Uncoupled” With Neil Patrick Harris Gets Mixed Reviews On IMDb

I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the first two episodes of Uncoupled, with Neil Patrick Harris, and my first reaction was like many other gay men. It’s filled with gay stereotypes and cliches. One 60 year old gay man on IMDb referred to it as, “a typical Darren Starr fantasy fest.” Meaning that he didn’t think there was anything real about it with respect to gay culture. 

But here’s the thing. I know firsthand that most of the characters are a lot more realistic than some gay men realize. My own gay brother lives that kind of life in Manhattan and so do all of his friends. Is it cliche? Or course it is. Is it stereotyping? Of course, it is. But if it’s realistic, too, does that make it wrong? 

I don’t think so. And I fully understand how gay men who don’t live in New York and don’t live that kind of lifestyle could review Uncoupled poorly. And many gay men did review it poorly. One gay male reviewer who is actually from NYC said, “But I’m a post-middle-aged gay man in NYC, and I found this to be unwatchable after 20 minutes of cliches, stereotypes, and unrealistic scenes at every turn.” This was my husband, Tony’s, reaction, too. He wanted to stop watching in the first 15 minutes. 

Personally, I tend to agree with that reviewer and I’m not sure I’ll finish watching the series. I do, however, think that most straight people, especially straight women, will enjoy it. It has all the gay stereotypes straight people love to watch. They find it amusing. And then they will tell you they know everything about gay men. 

Here’s one other comment that seems to ring true with most of the gay men who left reviews. “There is nothing relatable about this show to most gay men.” 

With that said, here is a link to all the reviews. Some are good.  I might watch it and do a follow-up. As I said, the stereotypes aren’t wrong, but I can’t help but wonder if we need more gay stereotypes on TV. I was even a little surprised at Neil Patrick Harris. Maybe he’s caught in that world of gay men himself. 

I’d like to leave this post with one thought: not all gay men have a straight woman as their sidekick. There’s a word for this that I’ve never liked and I won’t repeat it now. But that stereotype about all gay men having a straight woman as their BFF just is not true. 

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