The 10 Most Important Things “Noah’s Arc” Taught Us

Celebrate the much-missed show's tenth anniversary with a little "Noah's Arc" primer

Ten years ago today, Noah, Alex, Ricky and Chance did a choreographed dance into our lives on Logo’s Noah’s Arc, the groundbreaking dramedy from Patrick-Ian Polk that focused on a group of successful gay black men living in Los Angeles.

In celebration of Noah’s Arc’s 10th anniversary, Logo is airing all 17 episodes of the show, starting at midnight on October 20.

To get you ready, here are 10 important life lessons we learned from Noah’s Arc.

  1. That a show about gay black men could be a thing.

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    The success of Noah’s Arc, at the time Logo’s top-rated show, paved the way for shows like Empire and Cucumber and Banana, each featuring prominent queer characters of color.

  2. Alex, Ricky and Chance built Noah’s “A-R-C.”

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    And here I thought the arc was only referring to Noah’s story arcs—or the vessel needed to protect us from the basement flooding caused by all the gratuitous eye candy.

  3. Noah’s style was on fleek—or on something.

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    Noah (Darryl Stephens) never met a colorful scarf, detached sleeve or a belly shirt 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.

  4. Alex was the real star of the show.

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    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).

  5. Noah’s hair was laid like world peace.

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    Braided, straightened, curly or in a soft wave—Noah’s hair stole more scenes than Alex’s eye rolls.

  6. Wade can catch it.

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    Jensen Atwood was giving life as Wade, Noah’s on-again/off-again boyfriend-turned-husband (Come through Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom!).

  7. Ricky is solo the Samantha.

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    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.

  8. Wilson Cruz grew up quite nicely.

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    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.

  9. 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?

  10. Noah and Wade were the cutest (and hottest) couple on TV.

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    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.

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