Noah's Arc - The Complete First Season
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Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Christian Vincent, Doug Spearman, Jensen Atwood
Navigating life and love in L.A. isn't easy, and no one knows that better than Noah and his friends - Alex, Ricky & Chance. LOGO's ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind series Noah's Arc follows all four as they chart an uncertain course through the City of Angels, where laughter and drama are never in short supply.
What if Sex and the City
met Queer as Folk
and The L Word
--with an all-male, all-black, all-gay cast? Noah's Arc
, the winsome Logo Channel series about the dating and sexual adventures of sweet, naive Noah, a would-be screenwriter, and his pals in pumped-up L.A., is just as sweetly addictive as those shows. And it's all the more ground-breaking because nearly the entire cast is African American--stellar actors all. At the center of the circle is Noah (Darryl Stephens), the soft-spoken Carrie/Charlotte character; surrounding him are Chance, Alex, and Ricky, who are pretty much all Samanthas, which can up the sex patter to a fever pitch. Noah struggles as a screenwriter, and struggles in his dating life, at one point becoming wildly attracted to a successful film writer named Wade ("What kind of name is that?!" screeches one pal; Noah replies, "His momma was in the choir and her favorite song was 'Wade in the Water!'"). Turns out even gay guys can have rusty gaydar; Noah--and we--can't tell if Wade's attracted to him or not. The cast rallies 'round one another for adventures like this, and others, great and small, and that's what begins to make it compulsively watchable, whether you're single, gay, or of color or not. Seeing L.A. through Noah's friends' prisms is just as fun; it's a pretty and sculpted eye-candyland. The boxed set includes nine episodes and a fantastic disc of extras, including deleted scenes, auditions, the pilot and commentary featuring the cast and creator, showing the camaraderie we see on the screen was shared on the set too. Let's hear it for the boys! --A.T. Hurley