Queer As Folk premiered on SHO on December 3, 2000. Based on Britain's controversial series of the same name, Queer As Folk is about the lives of a group of gay men and women living in Pittsburgh. Focusing on their relationships, their careers, their loves and ambitions, the series is a brave, realistic, funny and sometimes graphic portrayal of society that has never been seen before on U.S. television. Brian Kinney, is an animal, always on the prowl for his next conquest. Michael Novotny is his best friend. Justin Taylor is an18-year-old boy whose life is changed one night when he thinks he falls in love, for the first time. Emmett Honeycutt is the most flamboyant of his friends and wears it with pride. Ted Schmidt is an accountant whose fatal flaw is 20-somethings who don't return his interest. Debbie Novotny is Michael's eccentric mother - vehemently proud of her son. Lindsay Peterson, an art teacher and Melanie Marcus, a lawyer, are a loving couple who decide to have a child sired by Brian, not realizing exactly how complicated and entwined their lives will become.