The Gays – The Boys / Ellen

Join the Queeks (Cody & Ben) as they discuss Amazon’s new original series The Boys, a show that looks at a world where superheroes are everywhere and can do pretty much anything they want. Then, we take a look back at the famously controversial coming out episode of Ellen Degeneres’s ’90s sitcom and how it changed the way America talks about sexuality.


  1. [00:00] Content Warning/Intro to The Boys

  2. [08:03] Celebrity Superheroes, Inc.

  3. [10:05] The Deep: Abuser to Comic Relief

  4. [12:43] Drug Abuse, But With Superheroes

  5. [15:17] Evangelical Christianity, But With Superheroes

  6. [21:19] American Exceptionalism, But With Superheroes

  7. [23:32] Bioethics, But With Superheroes

  8. [25:15] Are We Supposed To Like Butcher?

  9. [28:45] Starlight, Queen Maeve, and Black Noir

  10. [33:46] Does The Boys Fill A Niche?

  11. [37:36] Intro to Ellen’s “Puppy Episode”

  12. [40:15] The Lead-Up to Coming Out

  13. [45:41] The Fallout & Ellen’s Resurgence

  14. [48:22] Queer in America in 1994 & 2019

  15. [50:17] The Media Landscape Around “The Puppy Episode”

  16. [53:17] Ignorant Opinions on the Gays

  17. [58:41] Oprah Winfrey & Ann Heche

  18. [62:08] The Act of Coming Out



Published by Queeks: The Queer Geek Podcast

We're two queer geeks who know a lot about nerd culture, but not enough about gay culture. Join us as we obsess over the fandoms we love, and expose ourselves (ooh la la) to the LGBTQ culture we've missed.

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