Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Fellow Travelers, a decades-long gay story with American historical events

Showtime’s adaptation of Thomas Mallon’s 2007 novel Fellow Travelers is an epic voyage across LGBTQ U.S. history spanning four decades, from the 1950s to 1980s. 

Considered one of the darkest periods to exist as a queer person in the U.S., the story traces the LGBTQ rights movement from McCarthy-era persecution of homosexuals through to the assassination of Harvey Milk and the AIDS epidemic.

However, the beating heart of this eight-episode political thriller is the tension-filled forbidden love between Catholic college graduate Tim Laughlin (Jonathan Bailey) and State Department political upstart Hawkins Fuller (Matt Bomer).

They are joined by a standout ensemble cast, including Black political journalist Marcus Hooks (Jelani Alladin), his lover and dazzling drag queen Frankie Hines (Noah Ricketts), sharp-minded lesbian secretary Mary Johnson (Noah Heufer) and Hawkins’ wife Lucy Smith (Allison Williams).

Hiding and staying hidden may be the most present theme, but every thread remains intentional and essential. Through each decade we witness, this is a story about the complications of guilt and love and how each manifests differently for different people. The love between Tim and Hawk is never confused or abandoned for another plotline but woven into the show's other themes expertly. 

This is one of the best miniseries of the year!

Watch the trailer below:

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