Looking Back 2017

Best of entertainment 2017: Ryan Murphy’s ‘Feud’ killed it with Joan & Bette

Welcome to Queerty’s Looking Back 2017, an ongoing series featuring the best and brightest in queer entertainment that you may or may not have missed. Check back with us every day until New Years 2018 for a spotlight on all things entertaining magnificently queer.

Best Use of Gay Icons: Feud

Out television impresario Ryan Murphy scored another hit, this time with a show of unabashed queerness and bitchy fun. Feud debuted back in March to rave reviews, and starred two Oscar-winning actresses, Susan Sarandon & perennial Murphy fave Jessica Lange.

Related: WATCH: The ultimate ‘Feud’ supercut compares show to real-life footage

The real draw, though, came from the subject matter: gay icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and the making of their classic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. With wall-to-wall mid-century Hollywood scenery, the show dramatized some of the most outrageous anecdotes between the notorious feud between the two actresses. As with a number of Murphy’s shows, Feud also featured a litany of big name character actors, including Alfred Molina, Judy Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci and queer sister Sarah Paulson.


With Sarandon and Lange in top form and competing for accolades, Feud proved nothing but fun, in particular when the two get into the bitchiest of dialogue because, believe us, we know bitchy dialogue. Best of all though, it revived much-deserved interest in the films of Crawford and Davis, and in the intriguing lives of the showbiz icons. Network FX has already renewed the series for season two (debuting 2018), said to center on the relationship between Britain’s Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. Those two royals, no doubt, have a tough act to follow in the Hollywood Royalty of Bette & Joan.

Feud is available for purchase on Amazon and YouTube.

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