The American version of Queer as folk to me had a lot of down sides but some improvements of the UK series. My main dislike was that the drama between the characters was just pushed far too far. Brian in particular and most of the others were so mean and disrespectful of each other that I just didn't feel any compassion or affinity for them at all. While the series is all about being gay it does show gay people as sex addicted, drug abusing, cigarette smoking, empty characters who just want to have sex. I am a proud gay man, but by the end of this series I didn't like most of the characters at all, and I don't think that someone who didn't like gays would change their minds by watching this TV series.
There needed to be more love and compassion to the characters, so you could relate to them in a positive way, but the producers and writers just ended up pushing the series towards just being a "soap opera", with unnecessary drama between the gay characters rather than with the hostile straight world. Good to see gay life on the screen, but this series was disappointing because it could have been so much better. Defiantly not worth 5 Stars.