Netflix has confirmed Queer Eye will be returning to the streaming service for season 2 sometime in 2018, although an official date has not yet been set. The revival, which premiered February 7, has become a surprise hit for Netflix, earning praise from critics and audiences alike. (It currently boasts a 96 percent Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) The show's original creator, David Collins of Scout Productions, returned to produce the Netflix series in association with ITV Entertainment Company.
The original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy aired on Bravo from 2003 and 2007 and became the first mainstream reality show to truly celebrate the LGBTQ community. Groundbreaking in concept and execution, the program became a monster hit to boot and turned "Fashion Savant" Carson Kressley, "Design Doctor" Thom Filicia, "Food and Wine Connoisseur" Ted Allen, "Grooming Guru" Kyan Douglas, and "Culture Vulture" Jai Rodriquez into household names. (At the peak of their popularity, the team was commonly referred to as The Fab Five.
THR reported Netflix renewed Queer Eye for season 2, while the show's official Instagram and cast celebrated the news on social media. Take a look at their posts:
Fifteen years later, the show - now rebranded as the abbreviated Queer Eye - returned to the small screen by way of Netflix. The season featured a whole new cast of gay men swooping into unsuspecting lives to save the world from massive faux pas and certifiably unfortunate beards. Although the cast - Tan France (fashion), Karamo Brown (culture), Bobby Berk (design), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), and Jonathan van Ness (grooming) - certainly had formidable designer shoes to fill, the general consensus among critics is that they've risen to the challenge fabulously.
The revival gently tweaks the original's thesis by transporting the cast to various points across the United States (particularly those that straddle the red-blue divide) rather than keeping them cooped up in the generally progressive playground of Manhattan. The first season of the new Queer Eye found the cast traveling through Georgia and visiting small towns like Marietta and Winder.
Queer Eye isn't the only unscripted Netflix series to be granted a second season. In the same announcement, the streaming service revealed it's ordered new episodes of documentary series The Toys That Made Us, which delves into the history of some of the world's most popular toy franchises; Dope, a sobering look at the war on drugs through the eyes of addicts, dealers, and police; Nailed It, a reality competition in which barely competent cooks attempt to recreate "edible masterpieces"; and Drug Lords, a docuseries that profiles a number of increasingly intimidating drug kingpins.