If you missed last summer's gay farming sensation The Fabulous Beekman Boys (and you likely did, as it's on Discovery property Planet Green, which no one has heard of), I highly recommend jumping into the show's second season premiere tonight. The show, about a gay couple from NYC trying to maintain a farm in the country, is some of the most enjoyable light entertainment on television, and whether you're into gay shows or goat shows, it's got a little something for everyone.
5. Fun with Farm Animals
Polka Spot, their rambunctious-yet-glamorous llama, we'll get to in a minute (she warrants her own spot on the list), but since Josh and Brent are supporting the farm by making soap and cheese out of goat milk, they spend a lot of their time tending to their goats. Well, Farmer John does all the actual "tending" to the goats, but Josh and Brent brush them and put pretty bows on them when they have company over. Also, they plan dream dates for the goats when it's mating season, and those dream dates are more romantic than anything that's ever been on The Bachelor.
Josh and Brent have what you'd call an "opposites attract" type of relationship. Josh is kind of an easygoing slacker and Brent is a controlling, type-A personality, and though they clearly love each other very much, they spend almost all their time together bickering. Sometimes this bickering is light and funny and over something silly like scooping pig poop; sometimes it's sad and over how clearly incompatible they are as business partners. That is some high stakes, people.
Josh used to be a celebrated drag queen in NYC (stage name "Aquadisiac," for reference) and Brent used to be under the regime of Martha Stewart at Omnimedia. Because of their respective backgrounds, both are quite crafty, and often express themselves sartorially, with Brent fashioning himself a "Thanksgiving costume" (a Ben Franklin costume with an elastic waistband, basically), and forcing Josh to put on tights and a George Washington wig to sell cheese on the side of the road. This is the height of entertainment, believe me.
2. Polka Spot
Polka Spot is the Beekman Boys' resident llama. She's supposed to herd their goats, but she'd much rather spend her days prancing around like a supermodel on a grassy catwalk, dramatically faking her own death and spitting on Brent. She's a more legendary diva than anyone who's ever been on Divas Live, and if she were biologically male she could easily win Rupaul's Drag Race without ever having to lip synch for her life.
1. Farmer John
Farmer John is the "real" farmer who oversees the Beekman's animals, because if he left it up to Brent and Josh all the goats would have beautiful bows all over their bodies but no food to eat, and Polka Spot alone would be delivering all their babies. (Not a good scene!) Farmer John is also known for his weak tear ducts, as he tends to be overcome with emotion every time he thinks about his love for his goats. He doesn't tend to cry over Polka Spot too much, but as we know, loving a diva is complicated.
The season premieres on Planet Green tonight at 10 PM with two back-to-back episodes. Your reasons for watching? Leave 'em in the comments.
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