peacock’s Queer as Folk reimagining will not return for more episodes after the first season on the streamer.
Creator Stephen Dunn took to social media on Friday night to announce the news that the series would be canceled.
“It’s a rare gift in this day and age, and in this country, to be able to create a show as fearless and insolent as ‘Queer as Folk’,” Dunn wrote on Instagram. “This experience has changed our lives forever and we are so grateful to have found this incredible new family. But today we got the disappointing news that we won’t get a second season.”
He continued: “We know how much it means to the fans and while we are devastated that we can’t make more episodes, we want to thank everyone for watching and falling in love with Brodie, Mingus, Ruthie, Noah, Shar, Julian, Daddius, Bussey, Marvin, Judy and Brenda. We are so grateful for the opportunity to honor our community and are so proud of this show. #QueerAsFamily✨.”
The Peacock series was the third installment of what has become the Queer as Folk Franchise. Russell T Davies created the original British series that ran for two seasons in the early 1990s, marking a rare drama that focused solely on a group of LGBTQ+ friends. Inspired by Davies’ own group of friends, the series was remade by Ron Cowan and Daniel Lipman for Showtime in the late 1990s and brought the same groundbreaking LGBTQ+ stories to American television. The series ran for several seasons and helped pave the way for more inclusive programming featuring queer characters across the spectrum and featuring shows like Transparent and Attitude.
Dunn, who like many members of the LGBTQ+ community secretly grew up watching the Showtime version, approached Davies for rights to the series with a pitch to modernize the series for today’s generation. Davies, who had turned down such offers for years, immediately signed on as an executive producer. The show was sold to Bravo in a bidding war, eventually landing on Peacock as part of NBCU’s streaming push.
Peacock’s remake followed a group of friends in New Orleans and used a Pulse-esque nightclub blasting into a gay bar as a way to explore how the city’s LGBTQ+ community is rebuilding itself. Dunn worked with several Pulse survivors on crafting Queer as Folkseveral of whom also served as advisors on the series.
Prior to the show’s premiere, Dunn previously shared: News Kidda that he wasn’t trying to redo the previous stories that had already been done as good as they were, which is why they didn’t want to use the word “reboot.”
“If you squint your eyes, you can see the character archetypes out there that are a little reference [to the original] but I’m not heading for the same trajectory as all the other versions of the show,” Dunn said.
peacock’s Queer as Folk starring Devin Way, Fin Argus, Jesse James Keitel, CG, Johnny Sibilly and Ryan O’Connell, with guest stars such as Kim Cattrall and Juliette Lewis.