Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the show eventually rebranded as Queer Eye, begins its last season tonight at 10 p.m. ET. It will round out its 100 episodes and five seasons with 10 final episodes, starting with a Susan Lucci-hosted pageant for some of the straight men that the Fab Five have remade over the past four years.
The series debuted in July of 2003 and quickly became a ratings success for Bravo, never mind a cultural phenomenon. Besides helping the network define its identity, the show also impacted other makeover series and gave the world a TV show with a cast of five openly gay men (although one later came out as bisexual). That cast–Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez, collectively known as the Fab Five–have gone on to other gigs, some on television.
Over four years, the show won an Emmy; found itself accused of being scripted, though the script was later found to be for editing purposes; spawned several products; made over the Boston Red Sox; and also spun off a female-focused series. Despite that–or perhaps because of it–the series still dropped off the radar almost as fast as it ascended.