Best New Show of 2003:
Queer Eye for The Straight Guy...
Think your man is a hopeless slob? Does he sacrifice style for comfort? Looks like he needs to enlist the help of the guys from "Queer Eye for The Straight Guy," a.k.a. The Fab 5 (Carson, Thom, Kyan, Jai and Ted).
This is not your average makeover show. The Fab 5, which consists of experts in fashion, food, interior design, and culture and personal grooming, aid the clueless straight man and turn him into a prettier, more contemporary guy (read: the metrosexual man).
Each expert takes a turn at schooling their victim on the do's and don'ts of becoming a new man.
Carson, the fashion maven, is by far, the coolest. I love it when he makes nasty remarks about the guys' lackluster wardrobe and then makes catty remarks about their girlfriends. Very funny. (I guess I'm a little catty, too!)
I also enjoy the good-natured attitude of the willing participants, because they start off not knowing what moisturizer is, and by the end of the show they are using more products than any girl that I know.
But what makes this the best makeover show out there is the fact that after the guy is told what he needs to do to improve his life - with regards to his clothing, grooming, his confidence level and, of course, food preparation, he is left alone while the Fab 5 go back to their office and watch him (via a monitor) prepare to unveil his new image to the world (usually his girlfriend).
It's hilarious to watch them as they observe their protégé get ready. Kyan, the personal grooming professional, always gets angry. For some unknown reason, the men never shave to his liking and dab a little too much product in their hair. But by the time the guy is ready, he always looks good and the Fab 5 are happy again.
Even though there are plenty of makeover shows on television right now - i.e. "What Not To Wear" (excellent), "Date Patrol" (good) - "Queer Eye" is definitely worth a peek. ¤ Michelle
Psst: "Queer Eye for The Straight Guy" is no longer producing original episodes, but you can catch the Fab 5 online or on Amazon.