Just think how much gayer we’d be if we’d grown up British. The accent, the tiny cars, the little sandwiches with afternoon tea, the Queeeeeen (hello?). And after watching Beautiful People, we’re convinced even further.
Simon is a window designer for Barney’s in New York and in each episode, we flash back to 1997 and a significant moment in his overly flamboyant childhood. Surrounding him are his high-kicking best friend Kyle (who prefers to be called Kylie), his fiercely loyal alcoholic mom, a father obsessed with making wine out of anything he can get his hands on (including KY Jelly), a blind aunt, a potty-mouthed granny and a slutty older sister.
Flights of fancy fantasy are frequent for young Simon, who steals neighbors’ dresses and opens the refrigerator just to bathe in its glowing light, dreaming of a life on a West End stage. Though some portions of the show can be unnecessarily brash and predictable, there are so many moments of laugh-out-loud genius that any minor missteps are not just forgivable, they’re quickly forgotten because something more outrageous has hit the screen.
And if you’re not hooked by the Annie-Les Miz–Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical number mash-up in the second episode, then we may have to come revoke your license to practice same-sexery in the U.S. But that’ll never happen because it’s impossible not to fall in love with Simon and his crazy family.
After all, it makes ours look almost normal.
“Beautiful People” premieres tonight on Logo.
10:30 p.m. Eastern, with multiple repeats throughout the week.