These days, with so many different streaming services and television channels, it can be difficult for new shows to stand out. Competing for your watch time, there are plenty of weird and wonderful titles coming out all the time. Unfortunately, many of them do not stand the test of time and end up being canceled before they get a chance to flourish. One show which has stuck around is the wildly entertaining reality makeover show Queer Eye.

In this show, a team of eccentric style experts connect with people who often have different beliefs and lifestyles to redefine their look, diet, homes or relationships. Although the original series aired back in 2003, it was rebooted by Netflix in 2018 with a whole new fab five and location. Focusing on the current six seasons of this newer version of the show, we will be breaking down the 7 best Queer Eye episodes. 

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7. Black Girl Magic – Season 3, Episode 5

Best Queer Eye Episodes: Black Girl Magic
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“Black Girl Magic” was the first episode of Queer Eye to feature a lesbian hero, making it particularly special. Jess has a sad story, since she was thrown out by her adoptive parents due to her sexual orientation. Picking her up from her lows with some fresh style, a new haircut, and even a reunion with her biological sister, “Black Girl Magic” will tug at your heartstrings. What is even more amazing is that fans of the show raised over $70,000 in a Gofundme for Jess so that she could go back to college. 

IMDb Rating: 9.1

6. God Bless Gay – Season 2, Episode 1

Heading back to Season 2, we have another episode that becomes very emotional. Despite what you’re thinking from the title, it is actually called that because the fab five travel to a town called Gay in Georgia. Interestingly, this is the first time that a woman was the star of the show. Tammye helps out at a church that her mother founded and the gang decide to remodel the church in addition to giving her a makeover. The main reason they do this is that Tammye’s son is coming home as a gay man to a church that turned their back on him when they learned of his sexuality. Powerful and also funny, “God Bless Gay” goes down as one of the best Queer Eye episodes. 

IMDb Rating: 9.1

5. Snow White of Central Texas – Season 6, Episode 7

Best Queer Eye Episodes: Snow White Of Central Texas
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Down in Texas, the gang meet Wallace-Gringer at her animal rescue sanctuary called “Safe In Austin.” On top of this, she is a mother of three and runs a program where special needs children can meet her rescued animals. Because her operation runs off of donations, the fab five help her to refresh while they revamp her rescue center. Seeing such a generous person receive some much needed help is incredibly inspiring and make this one of the best Queer Eye episodes of all time. 

IMDb Rating: 9.1

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4. To Gay or Not Too Gay – Season 1, Episode 4

Here we see a man named AJ who is most certainly living in fear of expressing who he truly is. From the way he dresses to the decor of his apartment, we can see that he is not quite the version of himself that he wants to be. In a complete makeover of his fashion, interior design and lifestyle, we see a man transformed and finally given the confidence to be himself after years of suppression. Highlighting the challenges that come with being a racial minority as well as homosexual, this is certainly an eye opening episode. 

IMDb Rating: 9.2

3. On Golden Kenny – Season 4, Episode 5

Best Queer Eye Episodes: On Golden Kenny
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In one of the sweetest episodes of the show ever, we meet a man named Kenny who is a retired bachelor in Kansas City who is a part time bartender. One of the main things that Kenny wanted was a makeover for his home, so that he could be proud of having his massive Croatian family visit. In some incredibly heartwarming scenes, Kenny accepts that he is not a failure like he once thought and forms an incredible relationship with the fab five. 

IMDb Rating: 9.2

2. Disabled but Not Really – Season 4, Episode 2

In this uplifting episode, the Queer Eye gang visit a man named Wesley Hamilton who is paralyzed after being shot a few years ago. Today, he runs an organization called “Disabled But Not Really,” with the intent to instill confidence in people with disabilities by improving their diet and physical fitness. Extraordinarily, Wesley meets with his attacker during this episode and their conversation is very empowering. With specific challenges like clothing getting stuck in his wheelchair and the accessibility of his home, the solutions outlined are helpful for many people in similar situations around the world. 

IMDb Rating: 9.3

1. Jones Bar-B-Q – Season 3, Episode 3

Best Queer Eye Episodes: Jones Bar B-B-Q
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As our best Queer Eye episodes list comes to an end, this final episode centers around a pair of sisters running a restaurant in Kansas City called “Jones Bar-B-Q.” The sisters, Mary and Deborah display a strong work ethic despite having to work in poor conditions. One thing that makes this episode interesting is that most of the work of the fab five is focused on improvements to the restaurant, which benefits both the sisters and the local community. This even extends to their secret sauce recipe being mass produced to be sold using exposure from the show. In terms of the makeovers, Mary has a missing tooth she has had for many years replaced and seeing her smile is a truly heartwarming experience. 

IMDb Rating: 9.4

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The “fab five” as the Queer Eye stars have been named never disappoint their guests or the audience. You can always count on this show to restore your faith in humanity because it is all about kindness, forgiveness, and getting a fresh start. You’ll learn a lot in the process since they always have the best tips. These 7 best Queer Eye episodes will make you laugh, cry, and feel good inside. All 6 seasons are available on Netflix, so you can start binging right away.