Where Does the ‘Queer Eye’ Squad Name, the ‘Fab Five’ Come From?

We love this series more than Antoni loves avocados. Netflix’s original series is nominated for a few Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program. In the meantime, we have a few questions about the Fab Five. How did the Queer Eye guys meet? Where does their squad name come from? Here’s what we know about Netflix’s uplifting series.

Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ is based on a television series ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’

It’s been over ten years since the premiere of the series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. That series, where gay men advised straight men, sparked the cultural phenomenon that is Netflix’s original series, Queer Eye. For Netflix’s series, five members of the LGBTQ+ community give advice to local heroes, inspiring them to improve their mental health, fashion, eating habits, grooming habits, and living space.

The cast of this series, nicknamed the Fab Five, consists of five experts on different topics. Together, they help transform communities, one person at a time. As a result, some fans are inspired to improve their lives, whether that be adding avocado to their lunch or finishing off an outfit with the “french tuck.”

Queer Eye cast
Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The ‘Queer Eye’ Fab Five created a group chat before they were even cast on the show

It’s hard to imagine a time when these celebrities weren’t best friends. During his book, Naturally Tan: A Memoir, cast member Tan France discussed the audition process for the reality show. Through auditioning activities, the five current experts on Netflix’s Queer Eye met, became friends, and gave themselves the squad name, “Fab 5.”

“At this point, however, I had gotten what I’d set out for, which was gay friends,” Tan France wrote. “Bobby, Karamo, Jonathan, and I had created a group text called ‘Fab 5.’ Mind you, we hadn’t been chosen at this point, but we really liked each other and wanted to stay in touch. I knew that even if I didn’t get it, I wanted to stay in touch with these boys and hang out again. They were wicked.”

According to CNN, the producers then formally gave this nickname to the five experts on Netflix’s Queer Eye. The “Fab Five” consists of Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown. The sixth member of the Fab Five, a lovable french bulldog, named Bruley, often makes a cameo on the series.

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness | Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ earned multiple Emmy Awards and nominations, including ‘Outstanding Structured Reality Program’

Since its creation, Netflix’s original series became a hit, earning praise from fans and critics. Some commend the show for being uplifting, the members of the Fab Five inspiring some to step out of their comfort zone and live happier and healthier lives.

Queer Eye earned a handful of nominations for this year’s Emmy Award ceremony. Last year, the series won three awards. That includes the awards for Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program. A special episode of the series, entitled Queer Eye: We’re in Japan is set to debut on Netflix later this year.

Episodes of Queer Eye are available for streaming on Netflix. Tan France’s book, Naturally Tan: A Memoir, is available for purchase on Amazon and at most major bookstores.