10/29/2013 11:53 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Exploring Homoerotic Gray Areas In Television


When Star Trek first appeared on screen in 1966, it set the model for all sorts of shows to follow—including boldly going into the galaxy of unrequited homoerotic relationships. The devotion of Kirk and Spock, full of longing glances and a sexless intimacy, sparked a whole new genre of queer fanfiction and, to this day, keeps fans rabid for every small moment between the two.

These days, TV is full of couples like Kirk and Spock. While these close same-sex relationships can be sweet portraits of loving friendships, they can also cross a line to be queerbating—shows create queer subtext but yank it away before getting to actual feelings, actions, or any clear understanding of the relationship.

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