Break out the ponchos, cargo pants, and questionable head scarves because Logo’s groundbreaking series Noah’s Arc is now streaming on YouTube. Created by Patrick-Ian Polk, the dramedy followed aspiring screenwriter and noted fashion icon Noah Nicholson (Darryl Stephens) and his clique of fabulous besties living their best lives in Los Angeles. The show was the first to focus exclusively on the lives of queer people of color and paved the way for everyone from Titus Andromedon to Eric Effiong.
That a show about gay black men could be a thing.
Though today we can enjoy any number of positive and complex representations of black queer lives on television, back when Noah’s Arc premiered 14 years ago, the media landscape was far different. But Noah and the gang proved that not only was there an audience, but with its continued popularity, that there was also a need for a show like Noah’s Arc.
Alex, Ricky, and Chance built Noah’s “A-R-C.”
And here I thought with Noah being a screenwriter that the titular “arc” referred to his story arcs—or maybe the vessel needed to escape the flooded basements caused by all the shirtless eye candy—but turns out Noah’s gurls were really the ones keeping him afloat.
Noah’s style was on fleek—or on something.
Noah never met a colorful scarf, a detached sleeve, or a crop-top he didn’t like. Sure, sometimes he looked like he fell backwards into the bargain bin at Forever 21 and came up clutching whatever he could get his hands on, but at least he wasn’t afraid to experiment.
Alex was the real star of the show.
Rodney Chester’s finger-snapping, neck-rolling, sassy-mouthed AIDS educator Alex held it down for the queens while simultaneously holding down a mountain of a man—his stalwart boyfriend Trey (Gregory Keith).
Noah’s hair was laid like world peace.
Braided, straightened, curly, or in a soft wave, Noah’s hair stole more scenes than Alex’s eye rolls.
Wade could catch it.
Jensen Atwood was giving life as Wade, Noah’s on-again/off-again boyfriend-turned-husband (Come through Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom!). No wonder Noah kept going back….
Ricky was definitely the “Samantha.”
If Noah’s Arc was the black, gay Sex and the City, Ricky was the gang’s Samantha—sleeping his way around L.A. with the kind of sex-positive insouciance that Kim Cattrall would applaud.
Wilson Cruz grew up quite nicely.
My So-Called Life’s Rickie Vasquez was all growed up when he guest-starred as HIV-positive Junito, a doctor who diagnoses Ricky with a case of L-O-V-E.
Always “Remember the Love.”
The show’s theme song was serving you a little ’90s Living Single realness—and it’s basically begging for a Queen Latifah verse. But then again, what isn’t?
Noah and Wade were the cutest (and hottest) couple on TV.
Through their many break-ups and make-ups, Noah and Wade reminded us that two really, really, ridiculously good-looking people can and will eventually make it work.