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Must See Classic Queer TV: ‘The Gay Bar’ Episode of ‘Maude’ (1977)

Must See Classic Queer TV: 'The Gay Bar' Episode of 'Maude' (1977)

Kicking off a new series here on /bent where we highlight some of the best LGBT-themed episodes in television history is an absolute classic 1977 episode of “Maude” in which Bea Arthur and company make their way to a gay bar, offering some killer one liners and remarkably progressive social commentary on Anita Bryant-era gay rights movement in the process. It honestly — with a revamp in costume and production design — could air today and basically ring true with the exact same script. Which is both a frightening suggestion of how far things haven’t come in certain ways, and a huge compliment to the folks behind a series that was clearly well ahead of its time.

The episode is still not available on DVD, but someone posted it on YouTube and we thank them very much:


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