I just finished watching Season 1 on DVD (I didn’t watch it first-run) and in my best Justin voice “I. Love. This. Show.” Being neither Hispanic nor from Queens I’d still move in with the Suarez’s in a heartbeat as they’re probably my favorite family on television. I think every gay guy who watches this show will love the inclusion of Justin as the pre-teen pre-gay “swishy” (their word) kid- I wasn’t that nellie and I sure as hell knew nothing about fashion at his age, but when I heard show-tunes (Annie and West Side Story specifically) blasting from his bedroom, ah, such memories… And the way his family accepts him— ferklempt.
Marc is the cutest gay-guy-you-love-to-like-and-hate (infinitely better than Jack or anyone else on Will & Grace. Having B’way diva Patty Lupone as his homophobic mother was absolutely inspired, and I loved that episode (especially the ending). I love his bitch battles with Vanessa Williams, and his deleted line on the revelation his real surnames is Weiner: “A gay kid named Weiner? Please! Even I wanted to beat me up.”
Constance as the unbalanced immigration worker (from my own ‘more-or-less hometown’ of Montgomery in real life) is such a gifted comedienne that she steals scenes she’s not even in (the ones where her character calls- just imagining how she’s acting is funny) but at the same time she plays the pathos of the character (this tragically lonely and barely-hanging-on woman) so well that you’re not only glad Ignacio did what he did but I hope they bring her back on the show in some capacity.
About the only parts of the show I don’t care for are the Dynasty plotlines (even with the name Alexis) and the Meades in general (except of course for Judith Light, who’s great).
What’s your take on this show? Any favorite characters or quotes or moments?