Showtime has announced that it will air every episode of every season of the groundbreaking LGBT shows Queer as Folk and The L Word beginning this June in celebration of gay pride month. The network announced the news via Tumblr.
From June 2-30, both series will air back-to-back episodes each weeknight beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Starting July 3, episodes will air every Thursday night through November 13.
Based on the UK series of the same name, Queer as Folk debuted on American TV on December 3, 2000 and ran for five seasons. The series revolved around the lives of five gay men and a lesbian couple living in Pittsburgh and featured controversial material that, until that point, had been largely unexplored on TV. In its prime, the show won GLAAD’s 2001 Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series and was nominated each subsequent year.
Following the success of Queer as Folk, The L Word premiered in January 2004 and ran for six seasons. It centered on a group of lesbians in Los Angeles and, like its predecessor, took home the GLAAD Media Award in 2006 and was again recognized in 2009. The series also inspired the reality spin-off The Real L Word.
Both series have been praised (and, at times, criticized) for their portrayal of LGBT characters, but their importance in the gay community cannot be underestimated; both played a large hand in ushering gay, bisexual and transgender characters and stories into American television. Re-watch the original trailers for the premieres below: