TV: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys

I  joined a reality TV show with my best friend Joel Derfner:  GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS which debuted on Sundance Channel, December 7, 2010.

My hope was that it would sell a lot of copies of FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA. (Perhaps you have heard of this book? It’s brilliant!)

Alas, nobody who watches reality TV reads books.

You can see the highlights such as they are here:


“Here are real friends, coping, helping and leaning on each other” – NY Post

“Everyone’s point of view is aired, their issues brought out, their good moments celebrated, their less good ones drawn with sympathy.” – Los Angeles Times

And if that wasn’t a rave, we made it to the Editorial Board’s  “2010 Missions Accomplished” List:  “Though we didn’t get “The Biggest Reader,” we were lucky to get a reality show with substance thanks to the Sundance Channel’s “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys”  about the very real friendships shared between straight women and gay men.” – Los Angeles Times

Entertainment Weekly gives us a B grade – qualifying us for honors degrees from some of the finest universities in the world.

Us Weekly likes *US*!

“There is something seductive and surprisingly fresh about the situations we are privvy to: There’s Joel, a whip-smart composer about to marry the man he loves, and Sarah, his perpetually single gal-pal.” – Time Out New York

“Letting America know that the man literally can’t marry where he lives allows us to realize the impact of second-class citizenship.” – Politics Daily

The NYTimes was totally snarky.  But it is a serious and important newspaper. Every time a Times reader watches reality tv, an angel gets waterboarded.

Ok, so Rolling Stone didn’t like the show either but had this to say: “Sarah and Joel are definitely the cutest couple.” – Rolling Stone

“Sarah Rose and Joel Derfner are the most likeable of the pairs.”   – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“We met in the dining hall at Harvard where we both shared a love for fried things and chocolate things. They supplied us amply with both and we’ve been the best of friends for the past 18 or 19 years,”  – Dallas Voice

“[GWLBWLB] helps define what makes the chemistry between straight women and gay men so darn potent (think: Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift or Rock Hudson and Doris Day)” – Philly Magazine

Read a Q&A with Sarah and Joel in Tablet Magazine.

We were also featured on Jane Pratt’s Jane Radio Show, the Michelangelo Signorile show, and the Derek and Romane show.


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