The show might be over for Queer as Folk, with Peacock canceling out any hopes for another season, but you can still watch season one for yourself on the US streaming service from wherever you are in the world. And if you think it's a hit, then you might want to write them a strongly worded email or two.
It’s been 20 years since Russell T Davies delighted viewers with his taboo-busting portrayal of three gay friends living in Manchester. Now the Queer as Folk reboot is here – a New Orleans-based adaptation with a new tale that reflects the modern diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. Poignant, fierce, and full of heart, all episodes are available to stream now. We’ll explain below how to watch Queer as Folk (2022) online from anywhere.
Taking Davies’ 1999 original as his starting point, creator Stephen Dunn has catered the show for “a global audience”, with the action now taking place in what he calls “one of the most unique queer communities in North America”, New Orleans.
The 8-episode series follows a tight-knit group of queer friends and lovers, who reconnect when Brodie (Devin Way), a med-school dropout described as “hot, smart, and afraid of commitment” returns home after a two-year absence. A raucous night out at local club Babylon sees Brodie hook up with Mingus (Fin Argus), an aspiring drag performer. But their lives are altered forever when a tragic event devastates their community.
The almost entirely LGBTQ-identifying cast includes, Johnny Sibilly (Pose, Hacks) as Brodie's ex-boyfriend Noah, and non-binary actor Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky) as best friend Ruthie. Candace Grace stars as her partner Shar, who’s making “the rocky transition from punk to parenthood”, while the excellent Ryan O'Connell (the star of Netflix’s Special) plays Devin’s brother Julian.
Also starring SATC legend Kim Cattrall, this new iteration of Davies’ original looks like a fresh, jubilant celebration of the modern queer experience. Just read on for our guide below, which explains how to watch Queer as Folk online, and from anywhere in the world.
How to watch Queer as Folk online in the US
All eight episodes of Peacock’s highly anticipated reboot arrived on Thursday, June 9, and are ready to binge-watch.
You’ll want a Peacock Premium subscription to access all episodes. Premium is ad-supported and will cost $4.99 a month.
Alternatively, you can upgrade to Peacock Premium Plus for $9.99 a month, which removes any ad-related interruptions and allows you to download select content to watch offline. Plus, you could save an extra 10% on Premium Plus by purchasing an annual plan at $99 per year.
Peacock is available on a wide range of devices. As web-based service on PCs and laptops, it's also compatible with: iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Vizio Smartcast, select LG smart TVs, and Xfinity Flex 4K.
Not in the US? Anyone from the US who wants to sign up to Peacock from abroad can do so by using a VPN.
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How to watch Queer as Folk online outside your country
Out of the country for either work or pleasure? If so, you’ll likely encounter geo-blocking restrictions when trying to access your local streaming service. That means you won’t be able to stream any of the eight episodes of Queer as Folk online.
Luckily, the best VPN – otherwise known as a virtual private network – provides a simple solution. It alters your IP address to make it appear like you’re somewhere else. While this can be used for privacy, it can also be used to access your preferred streaming platform back home, even when you're out of the country.
Use a VPN to watch Queer as Folk online from anywhere
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How to watch Queer as Folk online FREE in Canada
Allies and queer brethren in Canada had to wait a few weeks longer until Sunday, June 26, when Queer as Folk aired at 9pm ET weekly via the Showcase channel. Alternatively, stream it live online or on-demand through the Global TV app. You will need, however, to enter your cable provider login details.
If your household has ditched cable for OTT solutions, we’ve got you covered too. A subscription to Amazon Prime (CAD$9.99 a month after the free month-long trial) means you can also purchase Amazon Channels, and therefore purchase a subscription to StackTV which offer great programming including Showcase content.
f you haven’t used it before, you’re entitled to a 30-day free trial before paying a thing. And, if you decide to keep your subscription active after that, it’ll cost you CAD$12.99 per month in addition to your basic Prime membership.
Out of the country when Queer as Folk gets broadcast? Just download a VPN to avoid geo-blocking restrictions and watch your favorite shows from anywhere.
How to watch Queer as Folk reboot online in the UK for FREE
Russell T Davies’ original Channel 4 drama is getting a modern overhaul, and two episodes of Queer as Folk will be available to stream per week from Friday, July 1, to be added around 5am GMT, StarzPlay UK.
Thanks to a current offer, you can subscribe to StarzPlay now via Amazon Channels and get membership for £1.99 a month for the following 3 months. The offer expires on June 30.
After that it’s £5.99 per month, and you’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription (£7.99) to purchase any Amazon Channels.
Note that new subscribers can get a 30-day Amazon FREE trial though and enjoy perks such as free delivery, ad-free music streaming, and loads of films and TV shows.
Currently out of the country? Download a good VPN to connect to your usual streaming services and avoid paying for any more while abroad.
The StarzPlay UK platform is also available for download on iOS, ROKU, and a wide range of Android-supported devices, in addition to the Apple TV app and on selected Smart TVs.
How to watch Queer as Folk online for FREE in Australia
Stan is the exclusive home of Queer as Folk in Australia, where all episodes can be streamed as of Friday, June 10 – released at around the same as in the US.
Following the free 30-day trial for newbies, Stan is available in three paid tiers: Stan Basic gives you one SD stream for AU$10 per month, Stan Standard grants you three HD streams for AU$14 per month, and Stan Premium gets you four 4K streams for AU$19 per month.
If you're an Aussie currently away from home, you can also use a good VPN to regain access to all the same services and content you'd normally watch (and pay for) in your country of residence.
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Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.