15 years after it began its history-making and yet-to-be matched run on scripted television, Noah's Arc is getting the gang back together. Announced today, the characters from Patrik-Ian Polk's groundbreaking series are teaming up for an hour-long special and virtual reunion.
Originally airing on Logo, Noah's Arc made history as the first scripted series to center a group of Black gay men -- it actually still stands alone in this aspect. The characters Noah, Alex, Ricky, and Chance, gave an alternate version of Sex and the City, depicting a myriad of narratives and perspectives. Through its work, the show looked into conversations about relationships, intimacy, STIs, and more. It was complex, funny, and just downright good television.
The special episode comes 12 years after the show ended (and the release of the affiliated film Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom) and is titled Noah's Arc: The Rona Chronicles. It will air on July 5 at 8 p.m. EST and be followed by a live Q&A moderated by Queer Eye's Karamo Brown. Cast members Darryl Stephens, Jensen Atwood, Rodney Chester, Doug Spearmen, Christian Vincent, and Gregory Kieth, will all be a part of that Q&A.
Gilead is a title sponsor of the episode's premiere and it will stream on Patrick-Ian Polk Entertainment's YouTube and Facebook pages. The event will also support charity.
Polk has built for himself a full collection of work that was formative for a generation of Black gay men. In addition to Noah's Arc, he was the brains behind The Skinny and Punks. Through these works, as well as the work he still does, he allowed Black gay men to not only see versions of themselves but also provided them digestible venues for the pragmatic sex education that few others would provide. Since, he's gone on to be the co-executive producer of Being Mary Jane and the upcoming P-Valley.
For those who haven't seen Noah's Arc, all nine episodes are currently available online. The feature filmJumping the Broom is available to stream as well.
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