Peacock has cancelled the Queer as Folk reboot after just one season. The second season will not happen, and the show’s creator Stephen Dunn shared the news on Instagram.

Devin Way, Fin Argus, Jesse James Keitel, CG, Johnny Sibilly, and Ryan O’Connell starred in this third version of Queer As Folk. This version first premiered in full on the streamer on June 9th.

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The series explored a diverse group of gay friends in New Orleans and explored the impact of a tragedy on their lives. It was an adaption of the original UK television show that was first shown way back in 1999.

That show was created by Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies and launched the careers of actors Charlie Hunnam and Aiden Gillen. At the time the show caused some controversy, mainly due to Charlie Hunnam’s character being aged 15, below the age of consent.

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The original UK cast

The response was mixed from gay commentators in relation to the portrayal of the characters and Queer As Folk was also criticised by the gay press for not addressing the issue of the AIDS epidemic. Of course, middle-aged middle England was also outraged by the subject matter and content.

The first four episodes of the original were sponsored by Beck’s Brewery but the company withdrew their sponsorship halfway through the series. Following a backlash from the gay community, Beck’s offered to sponsor the second series, a request which was refused by the producers.

The first American adaption was a five-season-long Showtime version which ran from 2000-2005.

There has been no statement from the cast yet, but we imagine they are feeling bummed.

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