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The Best Episodes of Queer As Folk

Every episode of Queer As Folk ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Queer As Folk!

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. The show offers an unapologetic look at modern, urban gay and lesbian lives while addressing the most critical health and political issues affecting the community. Sometimes racy, sometimes sensitive and always straight to the heart.


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The best episode of "Queer As Folk" is "I Love You", rated 9.5/10 from 363 user votes. It was directed by Kelly Makin and written by Del Shores. "I Love You" aired on 7/17/2005 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Full Circle".

  • I Love You
    9.5/10 363 votes

    #1 - I Love You

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-07-17

    Cyndi Lauper makes a guest appearance as Babylon plays host to the Stop Prop14 Benefit – an event that changes everyone's lives.

    Director: Kelly Makin

    Writer: Del Shores

  • Full Circle
    9.3/10 474 votes

    #2 - Full Circle

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2001-06-24

    Brian turns 30; Michael and David prepare for their move to Portland; Ted faces the truth about Blake; Justin and Daphne attend their prom where unexpected events take place.

    Director: Alex Chapple

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • The Election
    9.0/10 272 votes

    #3 - The Election

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2003-06-22

    Brian risks everything to bring down Stockwell on the eve of the election. Ted finally hits rock bottom. Hunter's mother arrives to take him away from Ben and Michael. Lindsay learns of Melanie's superstitions about getting through her first trimester.

    Director: Kelly Makin

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • Pride
    8.9/10 281 votes

    #4 - Pride

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2002-01-27

    Brian, Michael, Justin, Emmett, Ted, Lindsay, Melanie and Debbie all overcome various obstacles to show their PRIDE in Pittsburgh's annual parade.

    Director: Kevin Inch

    Writer: Michael MacLennan

  • Fuckin' Revenge
    8.9/10 262 votes

    #5 - Fuckin' Revenge

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2005-07-24

    Brian re-evaluates his priorities after the bombing of Babylon. Michael continues to recover in the hospital, and a Liberty Avenue vigil for the victims ends in chaos.

    Director: David Wellington

    Writer: Brad Fraser

  • We Will Survive!
    8.9/10 327 votes

    #6 - We Will Survive!

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2005-08-07

    Brian and Justin prepare to marry, but realize they are both denying themselves who they are and call the wedding off. Lindsay and Melanie move to Canada with Michael's blessing. Michael's asked to represent the Committee for Human Rights. Ted sees his relationship with Tad for what it really is. The beat of Babylon continues...

    Director: Kelly Makin

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • Surprise!
    8.8/10 299 votes

    #7 - Surprise!

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2001-02-25

    Michael ends the relationship with Dr. David; Ted and Emmett get tested for HIV; Brian throws Michael a surprise 30th birthday party and outs Michael to his co-worker; Emmett makes a pact with God.

    Director: Michael DeCarlo

    Writer: Jason Schafer, Jonathan Tolins

  • Babylon Boomerang
    8.7/10 311 votes

    #8 - Babylon Boomerang

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2001-02-04

    Justin's father attacks Brian outside Babylon; Michael gets a promotion at work; Justin moves in with Brian.

    Director: Steve DiMarco

    Writer: Richard Kramer

  • The King of Babylon
    8.7/10 311 votes

    #9 - The King of Babylon

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2001-06-10

    Who will be crowned King of Babylon? An innocent trip to the mall lands Vic in jail; Brian is beaten at his own game.

    Director: Russell Mulcahy

    Writer: Jason Schafer, Jonathan Tolins

  • Home Is Where the Ass Is
    8.7/10 296 votes

    #10 - Home Is Where the Ass Is

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2002-01-06

    Suffering post-trauma after the bashing, Justin can't remember the fateful night and Brian can't forget it. Lindsay pops the question to Melanie at her sister's wedding. Michael returns to Pittsburgh just as Chris Hobbs is sentenced.

    Director: Alex Chapple

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • Mixed Blessings
    8.7/10 249 votes

    #11 - Mixed Blessings

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2002-02-10

    Justin and Brian negotiate their relationship – it's not like your parents! Ted's new business flourishes thanks to Emmett. Could one of Michael's first customers turn out to be the love of his life? Lindsay can't stand Ted's dirty little business. Melanie shares a dirty little secret of her own!

    Director: Bruce McDonald

    Writer: Michael Berns, Matt Pyken

  • Mr. Right (Never Broke a Promise)
    8.7/10 241 votes

    #12 - Mr. Right (Never Broke a Promise)

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2005-07-31

    Brian and Justin are getting married! Melanie and Lindsay plan on moving the family to Canada – to raise Gus and Jenny Rebecca in a country where they won't be humiliated because of their parents' sexual orientation. Ted may have finally found his Mr. Right. Emmett catches Drew with another man.

    Director: John Fawcett

    Writer: Michael MacLennan

  • Premiere
    8.6/10 570 votes

    #13 - Premiere

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2000-12-03

    After a night out at the club Babylon with Michael, Emmett and Ted; Brian picks up a cute guy named Justin for a night of fun, but afterwards coldly rebuffs Justin's attempts to see him again. Michael also gets lucky taking home a hunk only to be happily interrupted for a trip to the hospital after Brian learns that Lindsay and Melanie have had a baby boy, Gus.

    Director: Russell Mulcahy

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • Smells Like Codependence
    8.6/10 309 votes

    #14 - Smells Like Codependence

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2001-01-28

    Debbie meets Dr. David; Michael and Dr. David spend a weekend in the country; Justin's father learns the truth and decides to send Justin away to school; Brian's emotional hold on Michael and dislike for Dr. David intensifies.

    Director: David Wellington

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • Daddy Dearest (Sonny Boy)
    8.6/10 303 votes

    #15 - Daddy Dearest (Sonny Boy)

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2001-02-11

    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.

    Director: John Greyson

    Writer: Jason Schafer, Jonathan Tolins

  • Just a Little Help
    8.6/10 245 votes

    #16 - Just a Little Help

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-04-18

    After spending all his money getting Stockwell defeated, Brian is at a crossroads about his future; Michael and Hunter return home to face the custody hearing.

    Director: Kelly Makin

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • Anything in Common
    8.6/10 229 votes

    #17 - Anything in Common

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-07-10

    The gang fights against Proposition 14. Michael and Brian still aren't speaking to each other while Lindsay and Melanie's in-house separation heats up. Drew finally comes out. Ted begins his quest for his Mr. Right.

    Director: David Wellington

    Writer: Brad Fraser

  • Now Approaching... the Line
    8.5/10 318 votes

    #18 - Now Approaching... the Line

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2001-01-07

    Michael fends off the romantic interest of a female coworker who doesn't know he's gay and instead dates a handsome chiropractor, while Brian is propositioned by a potentially lucrative client of his firm. Meanwhile, Justin struggles to repair his fractured relationship with his mother Jennifer.

    Director: Kari Skogland

    Writer: Jason Schafer

  • The Art of Desperation
    8.5/10 306 votes

    #19 - The Art of Desperation

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2001-01-21

    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.

    Director: Kari Skogland

    Writer: Jonathan Tolins

  • A Change of Heart
    8.5/10 278 votes

    #20 - A Change of Heart

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2001-03-18

    Brian is named in the sexual harassment suit and turns to Melanie for legal advice; Emmett starts dating a woman in his continuing attempt to go straight; Michael lies to David about seeing Brian.

    Director: Michael DeCarlo

    Writer: Doug Guinan

  • Surprise Kill
    8.5/10 258 votes

    #21 - Surprise Kill

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2001-04-22

    Brian discovers David at the baths; Justin finds out his parents are getting a divorce; Ted reconnects with Blake; a hunk from Babylon hits on Michael.

    Director: Russell Mulcahy

    Writer: Jason Schafer, Jonathan Tolins

  • Good Grief!
    8.5/10 273 votes

    #22 - Good Grief!

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2001-04-29

    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.

    Director: David Wellington

    Writer: Garth Wingfield

  • All Better Now
    8.5/10 272 votes

    #23 - All Better Now

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2002-01-13

    Justin is unable to process Chris Hobbs' attack, or to accept physical contact, despite Brian's best efforts. Ted is fired for surfing porn at work. Michael and Emmett take jobs as naked waiters. This time, it's Melanie who proposes to Lindsay.

    Director: John Greyson

    Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

  • ...Wherever That Dream May Lead You
    8.5/10 236 votes

    #24 - ...Wherever That Dream May Lead You

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2002-02-03

    As a result of his gay bashing, Justin loses the motor skills necessary to succeed in art school, and is forced to drop out, while Michael decides to quit his job at the Big Q and risk everything to buy a comic-book store. Meanwhile, Ted becomes an entrepreneur as well, ditching his new accounting job to start his own porno website.

    Director: David Wellington

    Writer: Efrem Seeger

  • Proposal of Two Kinds
    8.5/10 205 votes

    #25 - Proposal of Two Kinds

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2004-07-18

    Preparations for the Liberty Ride get underway; Mel is confined to bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy; Justin is invited to Hollywood to pitch 'Rage'.

    Director: Michael DeCarlo

    Writer: Shawn Postoff