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- 1The Odd Couple: Felix and Oscar. 1970 to 1975 on ABC. It starred Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
Here are the facts: Felix and Oscar are two divorced men. Felix is a neat freak while Oscar is sloppy and casual. They share the same apartment. Their different lifestyles inevitably lead to some conflicts and canned laughs...and they are the gayest couple you will ever see on TV.
Frankly, it's shocking that by the 70s the notion of two men one prissy as hell, one with failed heterosexual relationships, living together in a Manhattan apartment didn't ring any queer bells at the network.
I mean really...it doesn't get any gayer than this folks.
BONUS: This clip features a young Betty White!
Bert and ErnieBert and Ernie: two roommates on the long-running children's show Sesame Street. They are the Muppets version of the Odd Couple, and the sweetest almost gay couple you'll ever meet.
Well, Ernie was anyway; Bert was kind of a moody queen most of the time. And yes, I know they show them sleeping in separate beds, but Lucy and Ricky slept in separate beds too, and somehow we ended up having a little Ricky over on that show.
I say there was an equal amount of lovin'. Was Sesame Street located in Greenwich Village maybe?
- 3My Two Dads: Michael and Joey. 1987 to 1990 on NBC. Staci Keanan, Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan.
The premise goes as follows: A single mother dies leaving her daughter parentless. She never knew who the real father of her child was, so the two guys move in together and raise the child together. Yeah...riiiiiight!
This one is so obvious it hurts. So obvious even that 12 year old version of me just assumed this was a show about gay parents when it premiered. But no, the producers had to concoct some bulls**t story about a dead mom that we never see.
Strangely enough, Right Wing Christians did not protest this show as being immoral or "bad for the child". So two men raising a child together is only bad for the kid if they're having sex behind closed doors?
- 4Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 to 1993 on NBC. Neil Patrick Harris is a teenage brilliant doctor who also faces the problems of being a normal teenager with his best friend Delpino (Max Casella).
Okay, maybe this one is only on this list because we all thought there was something about Doogie that pings...and we were right years later.
Plus, just look at the cute teenage puppy love in that pic. It was like the gay Wonder Years.
- 5Aired from 1977 to 1984 on ABC. Jack Tripper (John Ritter) pretended to be gay so he could room with two girls, but was secretly a p***y hound along with his equally girl obsessed friend Larry Dallas (Richard Kline).
Or were they?
It seems Larry was more often than not very concerned with Jack's penis and where he was sticking it that night.
Were Jack and Larry really gettin' it on? It was the 70s after all.
Besides, what straight bar would be called the Regal Beagle?
- 6Cagney & Lacey: 1982 to 1988 on CBS. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless star as the first lesbian detectives in the NYPD. The misadventures of the two lesbian cops as they... I'm sorry? What? What do you mean they weren't lesbians?
They made the ladies bathroom their office, so no man could come between them, for God's sake.
Just look at the opening credits when, at the 1:00 mark, they get flashed by a man and the ladies aren't phased a bit. They don't have a need for what he's offering.
- 7Bosom Buddies: Kip and Henry. 1980 to 1982 on ABC. Tom Hanks as Kip Wilson/Buffy and Peter Scolari as Henry Desmond/Hildegarde.
After their own apartment is demolished, two men disguise themselves as women in order to live in the dirt cheap women-only Susan B. Anthony Hotel. So two single guys in New York deciding to live as drag queens instead of, I don't know, finding cheaper accommodations elsewhere.
In any event, I think there was some serious Ki Ki going on at the Susan B. (for the uninformed: Ki Ki, pronounced K-eye K-eye, is when two drag queens have sex. I'm here to spread the knowledge.)
Of course, Tom Hanks went on to super stardom, and Peter Scolari went on to resentment. I like to think the character Hanks played in Philiadelphia was the older, more comfortable-with-himself version of his Bosom Buddies character Kip.
- 8Kate & Ally: 1984 to 1989 on CBS. Susan Saint James as the free-spirited Kate McArdle and Jane Curtin as her more traditional childhood friend, Allie Lowell.
The premise: the two decide to share a brownstone in New York City's Greenwich Village after their respective divorces, raising their families together.
See a pattern here? Divorce, Greenwich Village...this is way too easy.
It's what we refer to today as "Meridith Baxter Birney Syndrome" or "LLL" Late in Life Lesbian. You know the type: married to a man (usually at a young age), ugly divorce, realizing they like women at about age 40.
Sure they weren't formally known as lesbians on the show, but c'mon....look at those hairdos. You tell me.