After what truly felt like a never ending wait, the third season of Queer Eye is finally almost here. Can we get a yas, queen? Slated to debut on Netflix on Friday, March 15, the third season of the hit revival of the early 2000s series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is projected to be better and bigger than ever.
Following the adventures of the Fab Five - Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, and Bobby Berk - as they travel around and improve the lives of individuals in need of a little love and care, Queer Eye took the internet by storm in the summer of 2018, proving to be one of the most beloved series of the entire year. And now, with season three finally right around the corner, let's take a look at everything we know so far, henny.
10 They've Relocated To Kansas City, Missouri
One of the biggest and earliest changes that was announced for the new season involves the location. While seasons one and two were filmed back to back in Atlanta, Georgia, season three finds the Fab Five settling down in Kansas City, Missouri instead.
The Netflix revival is still clearly dedicated to the mission of moving the series away from the affluent metropolitan setting of the original series, which staged all of its makeovers in New York City. It's going to be really exciting to see how things fare differently in KC, and how they compare to the group's time in ATL.
9 There Will Be More Diversity
As a show with an incredibly diverse cast of leads, it would be easy for Queer Eye to sort of rest on its laurels and continue the trend of making over straight men as its predecessor did. But according to Karamo Brown, season three is going to go a totally different direction, featuring more diversity in order to "show people who don't feel represented that they are seen."
Further touching on the importance of representation of all forms, Brown added that, "people should be very excited about [season three, because] if you didn't see yourself [in previous seasons], there's a strong possibility that as we go forward you'll see yourself."
8 The Split Of Male And Female Contestants Will Be 50/50
When the Queer Eye franchise first launched in the early 2000s, it was all about men helping men. For the most part, the Netflix series has continued to focus on that, although it has included one female contestant, Mama Tammye, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community among its heroes. But Bobby Berk, the series' resident design expert, has promised a real shift in the upcoming season.
Speaking with Variety in September 2018, Berk confirmed that the third season will feature near gender parity in its contestants. He also playfully noted that, "No offense to men, but we have so much more fun with women."
7 They're Making Over Their First Lesbian Contestant
So far, the Netflix revival of Queer Eye has included a few forays into the queer community among its contestants. Season one hero AJ was a gay man who, while open among his friends and in a committed relationship, was struggling with the reality of coming out to his family. Season two introduced audiences to Skyler Jay, the first transgender participant.
And according to Tan France, and as teased in the newly released season three trailer, the upcoming season will find the Fab Five making over their first lesbian hero. In October 2018, France revealed the exciting news: "We have our first lesbian on the show this year. Yep, and she’s formidable. What we do with her, I think you’re gonna love it."
6 A Pair Of Sisters Get A Makeover
The season three trailer also finds culinary expert Antoni Porowski revealing that the Fab Five are taking on their first duo story, involving two contestants who will be receiving the full makeover and TLC treatment from the boys. According to the Kansas City Star, this duo story will in fact feature a pair of sisters.
Deborah "Little" Jones and Mary "Shorty" Jones Mosley are local barbecuing icons and were chosen for the series after Deborah's daughter nominated them. The Kansas City Star has already previewed their time on the series, noting that the duo "underwent one of the most extreme transformations," and that "their wardrobe makeover alone should win an Emmy."
5 Some Early Details On Other Stories Have Been Revealed
The season three trailer offers a few glimpses of other incredibly emotional story. A woman recounts losing her brother when he was only 21 years old, and giving up on taking care of herself afterward. A man, living in a mobile home, explores his ongoing struggle with alcohol addiction.
The Kansas City Star also offers previews of other contestants, including "a penitentiary employee, a summer camp counselor, and an Army veteran." The woman who lost her brother is "taught to reclaim her femininity," and "A divorced father from La Cygne learn[s] how to let go of guilt over past mistakes."
4 Don't Expect Any Real Changes To The Formula
When a series is as widely successful as Queer Eye has been, it would be pretty easy for the people involved in the series to decide to experiment a little and try new things, whether in the format or the stories that are being told. However, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown are already assuring audiences that nothing of the sort will be happening here.
"We found something that really works, we found a way that we can really, truly, go in and help people and we want to keep doing the same. We don't want to change it," Berk explained. Karamo expanded on this point with a metaphor: "Season one and two we were like freshmen. ... And now we're going into sophomore year…so we are very confident of who we are and we are bringing our expertise out in a new way. So, what I would say has changed is us."
3 It's Going To Be 8 Episodes
Sometimes, moderation can be a good thing. While it's easy to want more and more of the Fab Five, and to have their seasons be as long as possible, it looks like Netflix is sticking with the familiar as it approaches season three. In their coverage of the upcoming stories based in Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reported that the new season would, once again, be eight episodes.
This would be the same as the previous two seasons, and so may or may not be enough for all viewers. But the good thing about Queer Eye is that the Fab Five are never sitting idle. New digital shorts, Instagram stories, and events are happening all the time, in case you're in need of a desperate positivity fix.
2 You're Going To Cry Just As Much As You Did Before
One of the many things that made Queer Eye so beloved was the fact that it's just plain, simple feel good television. And sometimes, feel good television makes you let out a good cathartic cry every once and a while. Even the Fab Five themselves are guilty of shedding their fair share of tears, and Antoni is perhaps guiltier than the rest of them all when it comes to wearing his heart on his sleeve.
Going into the filming of season three, Porowski revealed that he was even hoping to cry a little less...only to fail miserably. "But what I ended up telling myself was like, just continue to be vulnerable, let it happen when it happens organically, just be yourself because that’s why you’re here," he explained. "So I cry a lot."
1 A Bonus Mini-Season Will Follow
Speaking of those additional specials, shorts, and more that we mentioned earlier, fans won't have to wait long at all for their next fix of the Fab Five. In January 2019, Netflix announced that a special, short, bonus season entitled Queer Eye: We're In Japan! will launch soon after the release of the third season.
This series of four specials follows the Fab Five as they bring their endless positivity and messages of self-love and improvement to Japan. The episodes will function in the traditional Queer Eye style, with local Japanese residents receiving the makeovers of their dreams thanks to the Fab Five and local Japanese experts and consultants.