Picks and Pans Review: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

updated 08/04/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/2003 01:00AM

Bravo (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)

If you tolerate the blatant stereotyping—gays stylish, straights sloppy—you'll get some laughs out of this reality series. Each week five gay men of taste and discrimination sweep into the life of an amiable but shockingly slovenly straight guy and spiff up his look and his pad in time for some special occasion. The best stuff is generally packed into the opening scenes, when the self-dubbed Fab Five enter the hopeless hetero's domicile and voice horror at his lax housekeeping and wretched wardrobe. Mocking one fellow's lame claim that his clothes were organized, fashion expert Carson Kressley asked, "Are they alphabetized by Ugly, Ugly, Uglier?" Kressley, the makeover crew's leading exponent of sexual innuendo, is clearly the comedy star here.

Unfortunately, the hour-long show's formula grows old after a few viewings, and the Fab Five's frequent product plugs start to seem like a worse crime than household clutter.

BOTTOM LINE: Eye it once or twice

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