True to the tradition of erasing black beefcake, no one disrobed on camera. But there were nearly as many bulges as on The Jeffersons, and you could easily find shirtless and nude shots elsewhere.
The word "gay" was never spoken, though once they used "androgynous" as a euphemism. And, at least in the first season, Chris featured one of the strongest teenage homoromantic subtexts in contemporary tv.
Phineas and Ferb). Soon they become inseparable -- and exclusive; when one courts another boy, the other seethes with jealousy. They break up, realize how much they care for each other, and reconcile again.
They have a Romeo-and-Juliet moment in “Everybody Hates Greg” (November 24, 2005): Greg’s father forbids him from seeing Chris, and the two go through absurd machinations to be together, behaving according to media conventions for heterosexual participants in a “forbidden romance.” Finally Greg’s father relents, saying “You’re big buddies, huh?”, apparently recognizing that the emotional importance of their bond transcends that of ordinary “buddies.”
The adult Chris Rock, who narrates each episode, seems somewhat discomfited by the intensity of the pairing. Some of his asides, such as “Hey, this ain’t Brokeback!” (referring to the gay-themed movie Brokeback Mountain) deny that the pairing is romantic while explicitly linking it with gay romance.
However, it is temporary; after the first season, the two become ordinary best friends, both are wild about girls.