Jul 23, 2016
And Joanna Lumley as her best friend Patsy, a boozing, promiscuous fashion photographer or editor ("He wanted to show me his..er...portfolio").
Episodes could go off the deep end, as when Patsy sold Saffron into slavery in Morocco or Edina adopted a child to make Saffron jealous, but mostly they involved relationship issues: Eddy's 40th birthday; a visit by Patsy's older, crueller sister Jackie; Patsy takes a job in New York, thus threatening to break up the duo.
In spite of the occasional mention of heterosexual exploits, Patsy and Edina were most obviously life partners. They may exploit others, but they never waivered in their commitment to each other.
But it was the over-the-top camp that made Ab Fab a gay classic. On Halloween in 1993, half of the drag queens in West Hollywood were dressed as Patsy.
And there were ample gay men and lesbians among the duo's friends and clients. In the 2003 special "Gay," we discover that Eddy's son Serge (Josh Hamilton, left) ran away to New York because Eddy couldn't accept him as gay-and-boring; he wasn't flamboyant enough to be a chic shopping accessory.
Not a lot of beefcake in this female-oriented show -- just an occasional male model or shirtless boyfriend. But who cares? Patsy and Edina were absolutely fabulous all by themselves.