On the heels of tonight’s #WOWWednesday premieres of both Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce and Transcendent on FUSE TV, three of our Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey produced shows landed in Entertainment Weekly’s ‘LGBT Reality Series That Changed Queer Life.’ We are seriously honored that Big Freedia, Transcendent, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and The Fabulous Beekman Boys are helping shape culture and building communities of fans across the world.
CHECK OUT WHAT EW had to say about each show and where they landed on the list:
2. Transcendent (2015-present)
It’s hard to imagine an all-trans show like Transcendent airing 10, even five, years ago. But Fuse’s unscripted series portraying a sisterhood of transgender women who work at a transgender-owned and operated cabaret called AsiaSF in San Francisco is exactly that. More specifically, “kooky, courageous, transgender women,” as cast member Nya puts it.
6. Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce (2013-present)
Booty booty booty. Sure, there’s a lot of that on Big Freedia’s Fuse show, and nobody minds, right? But the Bounce Queen, who cameoed on Beyonce’s “Formation,”isn’t just serving twerks — her show is an empowering testament of self-love and of total, as Bey would say, “slay.”
7. The Fabulous Beekman Boys (2010-present)
Here’s one way to shatter “gays are fashionista” stereotypes — put them on a farm. Husbands Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, the novice farmers spotlighted in the 2010-launched reality series, normalized gay life simply by being themselves: Kilmer-Purcell is a New York Times bestselling author, while Ridge is a physician and former employee of Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Together, they have goats and a llama named Polka Spot because it’s 2016 and the pursuit of happiness (and llamas) should be a reality for everyone.
11. RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-present)
You know RuPaul’s Drag Race has sashayed its way into mainstream culture when even Josh Groban wants to be a judge. Men dress as women on the Logo hit, sure. But moreover, every gloriously gay week brings gays, straights and your mom together (because who doesn’t love the Snatch Game?!) to witness the campy marvel of aspiring queens lip syncing for their lives.
CHECK OUT the rest of the list here.