The WORST Episodes of Queer As Folk (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: Showtime

Brash humor and genuine emotion make up this original series revolving around the lives, loves, ambitions, careers and friendships of a group of gay men and women living on Liberty Avenue in contemporary Pittsburgh, PA.

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Queens of the Road

#1 - Queens of the Road

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 18, 2001

Dr. David pressures Michael to move in with him; Brian's loft is burglarized; Justin runs away to New York City; Lindsay and Melanie begin to drift apart.

star 7.44
140 votes
Daddy Dearest (Sonny Boy)

#2 - Daddy Dearest (Sonny Boy)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 11, 2001

Michael decides to break up with Dr. David, who surprises Michael by asking him to move in with him; Lindsay and Melanie ask Brian to relinquish his parental rights to Gus; Emmett becomes addicted to cyber-sex.

star 7.65
143 votes
The Art of Desperation

#3 - The Art of Desperation

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 21, 2001

Michael's new chiropractor boyfriend gets into a tug of war with Brian over Michael, as Ted recovers from his O.D. by dating Roger, a stable but overweight chorus director. Also, Justin meets Lindsay, who is impressed with his artwork.

star 7.73
163 votes
Escalating Violence

#4 - Escalating Violence

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 9, 2004

Justin finds Cody becoming too violent; Brian hires Ted at his new agency; Mel struggles with an important case; Hunter's social worker arrives unannounced.

star 7.85
114 votes
Mad Dog Kinney

#5 - Mad Dog Kinney

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 2, 2003

Brian and Justin move on after breaking up; Michael and Ben discuss living together; Mel and Lindsay talk about having another child.

star 7.89
124 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
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Two Kinds of Lies

#6 - Two Kinds of Lies

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 6, 2004

Brian returns from the hospital but leads everyone to believe he'd been in Ibiza. Justin discovers the truth when he overhears a message for Brian from the hospital's oncology department. He asks Michael if he knows anything about it, but Michael is just as shocked as Justin. Knowing that if Brian wanted anyone to know he would've told them, they decide to keep Brian's secret to themselves. Michael, however, later admits to Brian that he knows about his testicular cancer and that Justin is the one who told him. Michael and Justin meet with Brett Keller, a Hollywood producer who wants to make Rage into a feature film. Michael and Justin are pleased to learn that Brett has no intention of compromising Rage's sexuality. Later at Babylon, Ben meets Brett, who he tells he's not a fan of the ""mindless entertainment"" Brett produces. Michael is furious at Ben for insulting Brett. When Ben tells Michael he thinks Brett is a sell-out, Michael accuses him of being jealous.

star 7.89
139 votes
Stop Hurting Us

#7 - Stop Hurting Us

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 6, 2003

Emmett pleads with Brian to get Stockwell to drop the charges against Ted; Justin suspects Ethan of infidelity; Ben's steroid use gets out of hand; Mel is pregnant.

star 7.91
116 votes
Directors: Kevin Inch
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Doctors of Dickology

#8 - Doctors of Dickology

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 16, 2003

Brian tells Lindsay that he will help with the Gay and Lesbian Center's "Carnivale" fund-raiser—for 20 percent of the take. After the center's board members learn that Brian has lined up corporate sponsors to match the proceeds up to $100,000, they agree to his price. For $500, Brian hires Justin to create a poster, and Ethan expresses concern about Brian's motive to Justin. Brian's "Carnivale," an exotic, erotic assortment of outrageous sideshow performances and games, scandalizes Melanie and Lindsay, as well as the rest of the board, but is a huge financial success. Brian buys a Corvette with his earnings. Meanwhile, Debbie joins the boys' gym, much to Michael's consternation, and starts to diet in order to make herself desirable to her beau, Detective Carl Horvath. She confides to Ted and Emmett that, being out of practice, she fears she will disappoint him in bed. To guarantee Horvath's satisfaction, Ted and Emmett proceed to teach her how to perform oral sex. Debbie succeeds so well that Horvath makes an offhand comment about how much practice she must have had in the past to be so accomplished, making Debbie feel like a whore. She angrily tells him to leave. Ted and Emmett try to repair the damage by telling Horvath the truth. He is so touched that Debbie has made such an effort to please him that he goes to Debbie to apologize—but not before getting some pointers on pleasing a woman from two lesbian cops. Her endometriosis cured with a simple outpatient procedure, Melanie can now bear a child. She and Lindsay ask Brian to donate sperm again so that Gus and their second child will be related by blood. After first refusing, Brian later relents, but Melanie changes her mind about having Brian father her child. Ben's ex-lover Paul, who infected him with HIV, dies in an AIDS hospice. A panicked Ben becomes obsessed with his gym workouts, finally turning to steroids to pack on muscle as a hedge against the potential wasting effects of the disease.

star 7.93
117 votes
Directors: Laurie Lynd
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Good Grief!

#9 - Good Grief!

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 29, 2001

In the throes of a hot session Brian gets upsetting news; Daphne asks Justin to be her first time; Ted wants Blake, despite his crystal meth addiction.

star 7.93
140 votes
Uncle Ben

#10 - Uncle Ben

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired May 18, 2003

Stockwell's crackdown on Liberty Avenue's sex-related businesses continues with the closing of all bathhouses and the back room at Babylon. Justin responds by defacing Stockwell campaign posters, painting a Hitler moustache on the mayoral candidate's face and adding the slogan "Heil to the Chief." As Justin prepares his own poster with Stockwell sporting a clown nose and labeled "Laughing Stock," Brian tells him to stop, but Justin refuses. Later Brian capitulates and helps Justin paste the posters up on Liberty Avenue. Ben receives a call from Allegheny General Hospital regarding Hunter, the teenage hustler whom Ben previously tried to help and who has named Ben as his legal guardian on the hospital's admissions form. Hunter had been admitted for a kidney infection, but tests reveal that he also has HIV. Having ordered Ben to avoid further involvement with the youth, Michael softens his hard-line stance with the revelation of Hunter's HIV status. Exhausted from work, Melanie collapses and is taken to the hospital by Michael, who has been keeping a watchful eye on her wherever she goes. Although Melanie is fine, the incident scares her into making her pregnancy her highest priority. And Ted takes a dangerous detour on his way to a weekend getaway at a country inn and instead rents a room at the sleazy Paradise Motel, where he snorts cocaine and participates in an orgy.

star 7.95
117 votes
Directors: Kevin Inch
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Priorities, Please! (Beat the Time)

#11 - Priorities, Please! (Beat the Time)

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 17, 2002

Michael mourns the death of his comic book hero, Captain Astro, while Debbie finds a real life murder victim behind the diner. Emmett helps George to enjoy himself. Melanie & Lindsay are inspired by the contents of Lindsay's Granny Faye's secret letters.

star 7.95
126 votes
One Ring to Rule Them All

#12 - One Ring to Rule Them All

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 30, 2003

Michael sees Ben injecting steroids again and finally confronts him. Citing his HIV-positive status, Ben defends his drug use, telling Michael that, as an HIV-negative man, he simply cannot understand the constant anxiety about remaining healthy. Brian witnesses Ben purchasing drugs at the gym and tells him that he's harming not only himself but also his relationship with Michael. Ben slams Brian against a row of lockers, leaving Brian with a nasty gash. In choosing the décor for their new house, Ted and Emmett weigh the pros and cons of remaining true to their gay selves versus fitting in with their straight suburban neighbors. Ted and Emmett attend a "welcome to the neighborhood" dinner hosted by the couple next door, but during the event, Ted is arrested for employing an underage person at his pornographic Web site. Ted's arrest is part of Police Chief Jim Stockwell's crackdown on gay businesses that pander to prurient interests. The chief, a candidate for mayor, vows to clean up Liberty Avenue and make it family-friendly. Brian creates a sexy television commercial for Stockwell's mayoral campaign, boosting the chief's rating in the polls. Justin brings Daphne to the apartment he shares with Ethan, who is being interviewed there by a journalist. Ethan introduces Justin as his cousin and Daphne as Justin's girlfriend. After an awkward moment, Justin and Daphne leave. Daphne tells Justin that, despite his problems with Brian, he never denied his relationship with Justin. When Ethan substitutes for an ill soloist with the Harrisburg Symphony, Justin secretly attends the concert. After the performance, Justin is about to surprise Ethan with his presence when he spies Ethan talking to and leaving with a pretty young man.

star 7.95
119 votes
Directors: Bruce McDonald
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The Ties That Bind

#13 - The Ties That Bind

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 1, 2001

Lindsay leaves Gus in Brian's care on the weekend of the Leather Ball. Michael is nervous about meeting David's son. Ted takes a walk on the wild side. Brian comes out to his father after he learns that Jack has cancer.

star 7.95
149 votes
Have Some Balls

#14 - Have Some Balls

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 13, 2004

Emmett gets mixed messages from a pro-football player; Jealous over Michael's success, Ben finds sympathy from a former student; Justin discovers Brian's illness.

star 7.97
139 votes
House Full of Children

#15 - House Full of Children

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 9, 2003

Without Brian, Justin has no way of paying his college tuition and faces dropping out of school. Justin's mother recommends he ask his father for the money, but his dad refuses. After imploring a financial aid officer to defer tuition until after he graduates, Justin learns that it has already been paid. Ethan thinks Justin's dad changed his mind, but Justin knows the truth. He stops by the loft to thank Brian, who again urges him to work with Michael on the comic book. Meanwhile, Brian interrupts a quiet evening at home for Ben and Michael, who end up accompanying him to Babylon. Brian's continuing need for Michael's companionship since Justin left puts a strain on Michael's relationship with Ben, who suggests that he find his own apartment. Ted and Emmett's first sexual experience proves extremely satisfying for both. But Emmett's sexual rendezvous with a flight attendant, with whom he had made a date prior to becoming involved with Ted, severely tests Ted and Emmett's newfound romance. Meanwhile, Melanie and Lindsay argue about having a second child. Lindsay does not want to be pregnant again and tells Melanie to bear the child herself, if she wants it so desperately. Melanie confides her fears about motherhood to Debbie, who offers reassurance.

star 7.98
123 votes
Directors: Bruce McDonald
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Big Fucking Mouth

#16 - Big Fucking Mouth

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 11, 2003

At Woody's bar, Debbie emcees a charity strip contest during which one of the contestants goes too far and exposes himself to the crowd. A plainclothes policeman in the audience orders the patrons to leave, and the bar is closed. Debbie organizes a protest and publicly condemns Stockwell as a homophobe, putting her beau, Detective Horvath, in an awkward situation. Stockwell maintains that illegal activity at Woody's caused its closing and mentions Brian as proof that he is not a homophobe. Michael arranges a job interview for Ted with Tracy, now the manager of the Q Mart. Overqualified for the position of assistant bookkeeper, Ted is stunned and angry when the regional manager hires another "more qualified" applicant. Later, bartending for party planner boyfriend Emmett, Ted experiences further humiliation after overhearing Garth Racine refer to him as "nobody." Out shopping for wine for a get-together with all their friends at his and Emmett's apartment, Ted returns extremely drunk and ruins the evening when he inadvertently shoves Emmett in the kitchen. Melanie wants to work on the appeal of a woman who lost child custody rights to her abusive, drunken spouse due to her lesbianism. Knowing a career-making, landmark decision will be rendered in the case, Melanie tries to renege on an earlier promise to Lindsay to lighten her workload in preparation for motherhood.

star 8.02
118 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
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Drugs, Sex and Lies

#17 - Drugs, Sex and Lies

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 8, 2003

Michael tries to adapt to the fact they have a third person living with them and he and Ben are arguing whether or not they should give him a key to the apartment. Meanwhile Emmet is worried sick about Ted. Mel and Lindsay visit him and tell him that every penny of Gus' money has re-appeared in his account, not knowing that Emmet was the one that replaced it. He tells Mel and Lindsay that Ted disappeared two days ago. While reading RAGE in Michael's store, Hunter's tells him that a hero like Rage would never exist. That very moment Brian walks in telling he is throwing a party. Ted comes home and Emmet confronts him with the fact that he abandoned him for a white party and that he stole money from a baby. Ted says he changed and it's all in the past, but Emmet does not believe and trust him. Hunter tells Debbie that he knew dumpster-boy and saw him leave with a cop on the night he got killed. Debbie tells this to the police but they say the case is closed by Stockwell.

star 8.07
113 votes
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Preponderance of Death

#18 - Preponderance of Death

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired May 30, 2004

Brian is diagnosed with testicular cancer. The prognosis, however, is good; once the afflicted testicle is removed he'll have a 99% chance of survival. Brian is also warned that if he opts not to have surgery, the cancer will spread. Brian decides to keep the news to himself and begins to push everybody away-including Justin. Knowing Ted needs to focus on himself right now, Blake decides not to continue a physical relationship with him. Feeling dejected, Ted visits Babylon where his old crystal buddies tempt him. He discreetly purchases a vial from Dr. C, but rushes out of the club when he spots Emmett and Justin at the bar. Michael and Ben catch Hunter smoking a joint. Later, he gets into a fight with a fellow student at school. They begin to understand Hunter's self-destructive behavior after he indicates that Vic's death has confirmed his own mortality. Ben helps him understand that HIV is not a death sentence-he's going to be around for a long time.

star 8.07
111 votes
Tweaked-Out, Fucked-Out Crystal Queen

#19 - Tweaked-Out, Fucked-Out Crystal Queen

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 15, 2003

While Justin and Brian try to figure out a better way to get hard evidence from dumpster-boy's killer, Hunter presents them with a condom filled with sperm. Emmet and Ted drift further apart when Ted wants to keep using drugs when having sex. Brian brings the hard evidence to the police, but Horvach tells it's still not enough. Justin gets word he has to apologize to the board for his actions during his internship. Brian tells him he should apologize, but Justin doesn't really want to. After a big fight about Hunter going after the killer, he overhears Ben saying to Michael that he wants to give up trying to help him, since he obviously doesn't listen. The next day, hunter changes his behaviour and makes an appointment with a new school.They then find out Hunter's birthday was only a week ago and throw him a surprise party. During that party Emmet walks in, upset, telling Michael that Ted kicked him out. Mel and Lindsay offer him to stay with them.

star 8.07
87 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
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Gay or Straight? That's the Question

#20 - Gay or Straight? That's the Question

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 27, 2004

The Center has hired top fund-raiser, Jeffrey Pendergrass, to help them raise money for the 2004 Liberty Ride. The proceeds will benefit Liberty House Hospice, which is currently in danger of shutting down. After seeing money being spent frivolously at the lavish kick-off party, Brian grows skeptical of Pendergass' motives. Realizing Pendergass seems to be the only one benefiting from the proceeds, Brian does some investigative work. When Brian reveals to Pendergass that he's discovered his questionable history with other fund-raising organizations, the top fund-raiser leaves town-claiming the money raised thus far in Pittsburgh will cover his expenses--barely, leaving nothing for the hospice.

star 8.08
110 votes
Brat-Sitting

#21 - Brat-Sitting

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 30, 2003

While reluctantly taking care of his obnoxious nephew John as a favor to his sister, Brian finds the boy stealing money from his wallet. Not only is John unrepentant, he berates Brian with a barrage of antigay slurs. Brian takes John to the bathroom, sticks the boy's head in the toilet and flushes. Infuriated, John vows revenge. He accuses Brian of molesting him, and the police take Brian to the station for questioning. Justin tracks down John at an arcade and notices that he's wearing Brian's trademark seashell bracelet. Detective Horvath, Debbie, and Justin go to see Brian's sister to confront her son about the bracelet. John finally admits the truth, and the charges against Brian are dropped. Justin returns the bracelet to Brian and tenderly ties it around Brian's wrist. Melanie and Lindsay ask Michael to be the father of their second child, and he agrees. But when they ask him to sign a document whereby he surrenders all parental rights, Michael refuses. Later, Melanie tears up the document, and Michael, Melanie, and Lindsay begin planning for the baby's conception together. Meanwhile, obsessively neat Ted asks messy Emmett to move in with him, and disaster results. They decide to look for a house so that they will have plenty of space to be themselves. And Ben boosts his workouts ... and his steroid use.

star 8.08
120 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
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One Degree of Brian Kinney

#22 - One Degree of Brian Kinney

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 7, 2002

Michael has trouble dealing with the news that his new boyfriend Ben once slept with his best friend Brian. Debbie needs to do something about the dead boy found behind her diner. She impresses Detective Horvath with her sleuthing. Ted gets a shot at being accepted by the elite A-Gays of Pittsburgh.

star 8.09
125 votes
Poster May Lead to the Truth

#23 - Poster May Lead to the Truth

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired May 25, 2003

While the gang becomes continually frustrated with Stockwell's enforcements of anti-drug and public sex laws on Liberty Avenue, Ben and Micheal are becoming more concerned than ever with the behavior of Hunter, the hussler who, thanks to his HIV positive status, Ben now feels partially responsible for. Meanwhile, Emmett's attempts to cheer Ted up have been failing rather miserably...especially one night when Ted doesn't come home.....

star 8.12
112 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
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Very Stupid People

#24 - Very Stupid People

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 11, 2001

Brian sleeps with a co-worker who then files a complaint against him; Emmett continues to try to go straight; Melanie finds solace from Lindsay in the arms of another woman.

star 8.12
143 votes
Stand Up for Ourselves

#25 - Stand Up for Ourselves

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 25, 2004

Brian struggles to obtain a new list of clientelle, but discovers he can win back one of the accounts his old firm has by re-inventing their ad campaign. Justin struggles to deal with the gay-bashing of his friend, and decides to join the group of gay rebels, ""The Pink Posse"", in order to protect the citizens of libery avenue from gay bashing. Ted leaves rehab, but doesn't manage to leave Blake behind, when Blake willingly hands over his phone number, urging Ted to ""call anytime"". Blake comes over to help Ted throw out his ""triggers""- things that might cause Ted to have painful memories or things that might tempt him to use again. Blake offers to crash at Ted's place for the night to make sure Ted will be okay, and he sleeps on the couch, leaving the lingering tension between them at a standstill.

star 8.14
86 votes