Paramount+ welcomes the long-awaited arrival of the gay romantic drama series, ‘Fellow Travelers,’ starring Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer as two gay political staffers. This eight-part historical drama, described as an “epic love story and political thriller,” chronicles the hidden romance of these two distinct men, spanning from 1950s McCarthy-era Washington to the 1980s. The tale unfolds against the backdrop of US Senator Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn’s aggressive campaign against “subversives and sexual deviants.”
Hawkins Fuller and Tim Laughlin venture into their relationship during the turbulent times of the “Lavender Scare” in the 1950s. Their story transcends three decades, witnessing the Vietnam War protests in the 60s, the “drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 70s,” and ultimately, the heart-wrenching AIDS crisis in the 80s.
‘Fellow Travelers’ has garnered praise from critics, boasting a remarkable 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety described the series as “a complex, intimate, captivating, and visually stunning portrait of anguish and desire.” The electric chemistry between Bomer and Bailey breathes life into the show, alleviating its inherent heaviness.
TIME hailed the series as “excellent,” noting that it doesn’t preach liberation but rather embodies it in its most romantic moments. The Daily Beast referred to the show as “astonishing” and a “stunning reminder that television can – and should – be art.” The Hollywood Reporter also recognized its boldness, with plentiful and graphic sex scenes that push the boundaries of TV norms.
‘Fellow Travelers’ has not only captured hearts but also rekindled the spirit of the golden age of TV, proving that meaningful storytelling and authentic representation can flourish in today’s media landscape.