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There are a lot of self-deprecating and trashy reality shows out there. There are also a fair few that feel manufactured and fake from the off. When Queer Eye dropped back in 2018, it felt like a breath of fresh air. Uplifting, well written and with a solid premise to genuinely help people, the Fab Five ignited the reality world and brought with it some amazing episodes.
Fast forward to 2022 and a second generation of Fab Fives are ready to take over, switching the setting to the sunny tropics of Brazil. As the old adage goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” And that is precisely what Queer Eye does here. Essentially, Queer Eye: Brazil takes the same format that worked so well on the American version and adds a distinct South American flavour to the 6 episodes on offer in this first season.
We’re immediately introduced to our Fab Five as the series starts, with Fred, Rica, Luca, Yohan and Guto all taking up different roles in changing the lives of men and women who have fallen off the wagon and needing a helping hand. Whether it be shopping for new furniture, honoring the past in a poignant and thoughtful way or just shopping for new threads, each 45 minute episode breaks this journey down across 5 days.
Each episode starts with a letter read out for the Fab Five before they learn more about that individual and their background. Episode 2, which centers on Rafael and his poignant story involving his deceased wife Micaela, is easily the stand-out of the whole show, although there is a consistent effort to switch things up and show as many diverse people from different walks of life as possible.
For those unfamiliar with the show, Queer Eye: Brazil then dives into enhancing and improving their lives, with each host getting their chance to spin their magic. What’s particularly pleasing here is the consistent effort to add life lessons we can all learn from. Whether it be putting our own happiness first, living in the present or just embracing those small moments of beauty in our everyday lives, Queer Eye: Brazil tries to showcase that across each chapter.
The obligatory “big reveal” then ends each episode, seeing the transformation across each apartment or house, along with the reactions too. It’s a nice way to round things out and gives each chapter a consistent structure and balance.
Ultimately, Queer Eye: Brazil is everything you’d want from a Queer Eye spin-off but with a distinct South American flavour to it. There’s lots to like here and the great chemistry between the Fab Five helps to elevate this one and make it a really enjoyable watch.
Verdict - 7.5/10