Adult cartoons are not new – Fox’s “The Simpsons,” MTV’s “Beavis & Butthead,” Comedy Central’s “South Park” and Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” have been around for years (even decades).
And who can forget “Queer Duck,” which aired after episodes of “Queer as Folk” on Showtime?
Now, Netflix is going far beyond gay with its latest offering, “Q-Force,” premiering Sept. 2 on the streaming service.
Steve Maryweather (Sean Hayes), AKA Agent Mary, was once the golden boy of the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), until he came screaming out of the closet. Unable to fire him, the agency sent him off to West Hollywood to disappear into obscurity.
Instead, he assembled a misfit squad of LGBT geniuses, all yearning for the opportunity to prove themselves in the fight against evil. Joining forces with the lesbian expert mechanic Deb (Wanda Sykes), master of drag and disguise Twink (Matthew Rogers), and hacker Stat (Patti Harrison), together they’re Q-Force.
After a decade of waiting for their first official mission from the AIA, Mary becomes hell-bent on proving himself to the Agency that turned its back on him, and decides to go rogue with Q-Force. After finding their own case, and solving it on their own terms, they get the reluctant approval of the AIA, and are officially upgraded to active secret agents in the field.
But, that approval comes with one major caveat – they must put up with a new member of the squad, straight-guy Agent Buck (David Harbour), and remain under the watchful eye of homophobic Director Dirk Chunley (Gary Cole) and Deputy Director “V” (Laurie Metcalf).
In addition to the star power of Hayes, Sykes, Cole and Metcalf, many viewers will see themselves reflected in the characters and their backstories. This fun series may have been drawn in 2-D, but it offers 3-D portrayals of LGBT lives.
After you’ve binged all 10 22-minute episodes of “Q-Force,” check out these other entertaining queer-friendly series from last year again on Netflix:
This Spanish telenovela – set in an elite private high school – is already in its fourth season. The clashes between the working-class scholarship students and their resentful spoiled classmates predictably end in murder, but not before they all go for a romp in the sheets. Like most of Gen Z, whether they’re straight, gay or bi, there are few labels or inhibitions. Don’t forget to check out the backstories in the “Elite Short Stories” featurettes that just came out.
Another soapy Spanish murder mystery – this time set in a male strip club on the Costa del Sol. Think “Magic Mike,” but in tall, dark and handsome. This series came out during the early months of the pandemic, but it’s not too late to pass a few evenings while you sit out the Delta variant. The dance numbers are steamier than “Magic Mike” and word has it that filming on a second season started earlier this year.
Ryan Murphy’s nostalgic – if revisionist – love letter to Tinseltown features an amazing all-star cast, including Darren Criss, Joe Mantello, Holland Taylor, Jim Parsons and Patti LuPone. In this version, which also debuted a year ago, Hollywood embraces a gay Rock Hudson and gives an approving nod to mixed-race relationships. Murphy takes the same carefree approach to the second season of his retro murder mystery “Why Women Kill,” but you’ll have to subscribe to Paramount+ to watch that one.
Watch at Netflix.com.