Streaming Queer: June 2022

by Andrea Marks Joseph

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 8, 2022

Adria Arjona, left, and Alicia Vikander, right, in a scene from "Irma Vep."
Adria Arjona, left, and Alicia Vikander, right, in a scene from "Irma Vep."  (Source:Photograph by Courtesy of HBO)

This month's queer streaming offerings include sci-fi Black excellence, Canadian lake cottage feuds, and wholesome home renovations. Queer creatives are giving us thrillers, comedies, workplace shenanigans, and family drama — and with many queer actors of color in the spotlight, TV and film has never felt more like real life.

Happy Pride and happy watching!

A scene from "Fire Island."
A scene from "Fire Island."  (Source: Photo by Jeong Park/Searchlight)

"Fire Island"

This joyous modern queer take on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" (written by and starring comedian Joel Kim Booster) centers on a group of young gay men visiting the titular gay vacation spot. A love letter to found family and romantic comedies, "Fire Island" is a loving and authentic portrayal of friendships between queer people of color — with a cast as hot as they are hilarious, including "Saturday Night Live" star Bowen Yang, the iconic Margaret Cho, and "How to Get Away with Murder" actor Conrad Ricamora.

"Fire Island" is now streaming on Hulu.


"The Book of Queer"

Using a fusion of original music, entertaining re-enactments, and narration by queer icons like Leslie Jordan and Dominique Jackson, "The Book of Queer" is "setting the historical record straight" to claim the history of queer politicians, sportspeople, inventors, and rulers; telling the stories of queer people going back generations. "The world's first queer variety show" combines fact and fun to introduce us to the past from a queer perspective — complete with "a big, gay musical number" performed by queer artists like Betty Who at the end of every episode.

"The Book of Queer" is streaming every Thursday of June on Discovery+.


"Loot"

In workplace comedy "Loot," billionaire Molly Novak (Maya Rudolph) is "the most famous cheated-on woman on the planet." When she learns that she has her own charitable foundation, it bolsters her commitment to a fresh start and proving she's a woman of "substance" post-divorce. She's supported by her devoted assistant (Joel Kim Booster) and the staff she didn't know she had, including Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, who leads the pack as her foundation's executive director Sofia.

"Loot" premieres June 24 on AppleTV+.

A scene from Peacock's "Queer as Folk."
A scene from Peacock's "Queer as Folk."  (Source: Alyssa Moran/Peacock)

"Queer As Folk"

The original "Queer as Folk" series was ground-breaking when it first aired in the U.K. in 1999. Rebooted a year later for U.S. audiences, the show is now getting another American remake, now set in New Orleans. Producer Russell T Davies ("It's A Sin," and creator of the original "Queer as Folk") says this new story is "more diverse, more wild, more free, more angry — everything a queer show should be." With Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"), Nyle DiMarco ("America's Next Top Model"), Johnny Sibilly ("Hacks") and Ryan O'Connell ("Special") among the cast, it's sure to be nothing less than queer magic.

"Queer As Folk" premieres June 9 on Peacock.


"Tom Swift"

A "Nancy Drew" spinoff, "Tom Swift" is a new sci-fi show about a Black billionaire family and their brilliant son, Tom Swift (Tian Richards). Richards is the first Black gay male actor to lead a network show, and he is killing it as Swift Enterprises' genius — and openly, confidently gay — inventor. With a writing room that is gloriously queer and diverse, the title character's cocky but emotional brilliance shines through in every scene. Bonus: Tom's AI assistant is voiced by LeVar Burton!

"Tom Swift" airs on Tuesdays on The CW, then streams on The CW app.

Colin Firth, left, and Toni Collette, right
Colin Firth, left, and Toni Collette, right  (Source: Courtesy of HBO Max)

"The Staircase"

If you haven't been watching "The Staircase," HBO Max's reimagining of the true crime case of bisexual novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth is charming, creepy, and captivating as the perplexing murder suspect) whose wife, played stunningly by Toni Collette, suffered a bloody death on the staircase of their home — now's the time to catch up. You won't want to miss all the twists and turns of the case, the chilling insights the show provides, and the finale which airs on Thursday.

"The Staircase" is currently streaming on HBO Max.


"Bargain Block"

Keith and Evan of the HGTV series "Bargain Block" do fantastic work uplifting Detroit communities. The couple who are "partners in business and in life" buy rundown houses on the same block, renovating them one-by-one to increase property value in the area. It's heart-warming to see how they are welcomed by the local people, who bring them cake and compliment their progress. The design work is, above all, spectacular. Evan creates one-of-a-kind artwork to compliment his out-of-the-box visions for the vibrant, friendly homes they revive — often selling back to the community, or people who grew up in the area.

"Bargain Block" Season 1 is available to stream on Discovery+ and Prime Video, with Season 2 premiering June 8 on HGTV.

Alicia Vikander in a scene from "Irma Vep"
Alicia Vikander in a scene from "Irma Vep"  (Source: Carole Bethuel/HBO)

"Irma Vep"

In this twisty, action-packed, meta remake of his 1996 French film (and of silent film classic "Les Vampires"), French director Olivier Assayas has lots to say about the current state of Hollywood. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") plays Mira, disillusioned star of a highly successful film franchise who's also dealing with the fallout of her ex-girlfriend (Adria Arjona) getting married.

"Irma Vep" premieres June 6 on HBO.


"The Lake"

Julia Stiles is back on our screens for a fun summer of feuding siblings. "The Lake" is about Justin ("Orphan Black" star Jordan Gavaris), a recently divorced gay man trying to reconnect with the teenage daughter who he gave up for adoption. But things do not go according to plan; family drama ensues as he battles his stepsister (Stiles) for rights to the family cottage.

"The Lake" premieres June 17 on Prime Video.

(Source: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

"Only Murders in the Building"

Three quirky comedic amateur detectives and true crime podcasters — played by Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short — still hold many secrets, and they've dug themselves even deeper into trouble this time! Cara Delevingne joins this season as Mabel's (Gomez) love interest.

"Only Murders in the Building" Season 1 is available to stream now on Hulu. Season 2 begins streaming weekly on June 28.