‘I Am Cait’ Gets The Axe Plus 8 Other Queer Reality Shows That Everyone Hated
Break out the fiddles. I Am Cait, the E! reality series that followed Caitlyn Jenner on her journey of self-discovery, has officially been canned due to shockingly low ratings.
The show’s first season, which premiered last summer, started out strong. Reviews and ratings were favorable, and the show even picked up the Outstanding Reality Program award at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards. But as time progressed, and as Jenner regularly started making gaffes about how Hillary Clinton “couldn’t care less about women” and Donald Trump “would be very good for women’s issues,” she quickly fell out of people’s good graces.
“It’s time for the next adventure,” the 66-year-old said this week, before thanking “the best girlfriends I could ask for!” Given Jenner’s vocal support of Trump and his anti-LGTBQ Republican friends, however, we can’t help but wonder if her girlfriends feel the same way.
Scroll down for eight more queer reality TV shows that everyone hated…
Boy Meets Boy
This 2003 reality series by Bravo centered around James, a gay man who got to go on dates with and choose from 15 potential male suitors. But, as is often the case in these sorts of things, there was a twist. The suitors were mix gay guys and straight guys, and James didn’t know which was which! The show lasted a whopping six episodes before being canceled.
This 2011 docu-series produced by OWN followed Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame as he traveled to various sad small towns across the America selecting “deserving individuals,” including a soldier’s daughter, a 45-year-old male virgin, and a woman dying of cancer, who he felt needed makeovers. It should come as no surprise the series only survived six episodes.
Playing It Straight
This 2004 FOX reality series, which ran for a total of eight excruciating episodes, involved a heterosexual woman and a bunch of dudes all forced to live together on ranch. Her challenge? Guess which of the guys were gay and which were straight. The woman would watch them participate in group activities, observing their vocal inflections and mannerisms, then vote off the ones she believed were homosexuals. Nothing homophobic about that, right?
The Glee Project
We usually love everything Ryan Murphy does, but his 2011 foray into reality TV proved that sometimes even he makes mistakes. The talent show served as a sort of competition/audition for teeny boppers hoping to land a spot on Glee. Ryan and Glee‘s casting director, Robert Ulrich, would judge the contestants on their singing and dancing abilities. The show limped along for two seasons before being quietly yanked off the air.
Gay, Straight Or Taken?
This short-lived 2007 reality series by Lifetime involved a female contestant going on a poolside group date with three men. There was a catch, of course. One of the men was straight but in a relationship, another was gay and in a relationship, and the third was straight, single and ready to mingle. The woman had to guess which was which. If she picked correctly, she won a trip.
This 2009 reality series by the Style network starred former Queer Eye design guru Thom Filicia, who would go around and redo the homes of people who had gone overboard on a theme. He was supposed to turn their houses “from gaudy to glorious,” but he usually just succeeded in turning them from gaudy to slightly less gaudy. The show met its untimely death after just one season.
Queer Eye For The Straight Girl
In 2005, Bravo hoped to recapture the success of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy by switching up the formula. The makeover show involved three flamboyant gay guys and a bossy lesbian who called themselves the “Gal Pals” and would help clueless straight women improve their looks in hopes of finding their Prince Charming. Needless to say, the show bombed and was canceled after 13 unlucky episodes.
Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising
Who wouldn’t want to watch two douchey identical gay twins from Montana form a crappy pop duo called Nemesis then embark on a journey seeking fame and fortune? Turns out, a lot of people. The 2006 reality series by Logo bombed so bad that the network didn’t even air the final episode on TV. Instead it was made available online only… where still nobody watched it.