Boy Love, known as BL, is a popular TV genre in several Asian nations, particularly Thailand. These shows focus on love relationships between guys who appear to exist in a world devoid of the hurdles that many LGBTQ+ people face.
They have also given rise to a large number of online fan groups in which viewers claim they feel safe to be themselves. BL programs are some of the most popular on TV in several Asian nations. Thailand has emerged as one of the leading producers of these shows, with around 20 BL episodes created in Thailand, alone last year.
Millions of viewers from all over the world have swarmed to watch these shows, regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender identity. I believe that the true beauty of these shows is that they bring a group of individuals across the nations, together and empower them in one way or another. The BoyBand is a show wherein a group of young people shares the desire to become a world-class boy band by undergoing intensive singing and dance training.
They compete fiercely to become performers under World Star, the firm of Khun Serena, the fearsome queen of the entertainment world. Her artists are not allowed to have intimate romantic connections with one another. Top and Juju, on the other hand, progress from enemies to friends and eventually more. What will they choose: their love over their dreams of becoming performers? Will they have their happy ending or will long for one?
It portrays their difficulties and how they reach where they desire to go. The drama aims to show viewers what it’s like to be an aspiring artist and to work in the entertainment industry in general. With its unusual narrative and Thai cultural setting, “Boyband” is guaranteed to fascinate viewers and provide them with an experience of a lifetime.
By including a homosexual male lead character and highlighting the issues that people in same-sex relationships experience in the entertainment industry, the series promotes inclusion and acceptance.
- Directed By: Dome Jade Bunyoprakarn
- Screenwriter: May Piangpaitoon Satrawaha
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
- Country: Thailand
- Language: Thai
- Content Rating: 13+
- Episodes: 6
- Duration: 45 minutes per episode
- Original Network: GMM 25
Zubom Phiphat Wichasu portrays Top. Zubom is a World Star Network signed actor. He was once a part of the Lao cover dance group X-Boy (together with X-Junior) and, later, the Thai cover dancers exxBoys. Theerachet Yanwantana, also known as “Jaymin,” is a Thai actor as well as a dancer.
Jaymin Theerachet Yanwantana portrays Juju. He previously taught dance and studied media and communication at Ramkhamhaeng University. Metinee Kingpayome is a Thai actress, model, and television personality. Metinee was born in Maryland (near Washington, D.C.) to Thai immigrants and raised in New York City.
She moved to Thailand as an adult and achieved the Miss Thailand World 1992 title. She went on to represent Thailand in the Miss World pageant in 1992, where she was named Continental Queen of Asia and Oceania. Lukkade Metinee Kingpayome portrays Serena in the series.
Nino Maethanee Buranasiri portrays the character Phanu. Anon Saisangcharn, called Pu, is a Thai singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and actor. He was a part of the Uranium Blue Planet band before becoming the lead singer of Blackhead.
Pu Anon Saisangcharn portrays Madame Pauly. Intouch Kooramasuwan portrays Ken. Intouch Kooramasuwan is a singer and actor. He attended Khonkaen University’s Fine and Applied Arts.
Boyband: Episode Release Schedule
The episodes air on Thursdays at 10:00 am CST on World Star Network YouTube and on GMM25 as well.
- Boyband Episode 1: February 16, 2023,
- Boyband Episode 2: February 23, 2023
- Boyband Episode 3: March 02, 2023
- Boyband Episode 4: March 09, 2023
- Boyband Episode 5: March 16, 2023
- Boyband Episode 6: March 23, 2023
Boyband: Streaming Guide
- The fans from Thailand can stream the Boyband series every Thursday at 23:00 (CST) on GMM25.
- Japan started streaming the series on February 27 on their video streaming platform, SPOOX.
- Worldstar YouTube channel featured the debut episode on YouTube and episode 2 onwards. The complete episodes of the series are not available on YouTube. But don’t be disappointed, the glimpse and trailers of all the episodes are available.
- The series will also be broadcasted on its Instagram handle @boybandtheseries later for its international fans around the world.
International fans had to wait weeks for translations of the Thai series that premiered last year. It’s rather prevalent in Thai series. Sometimes it’s a case of not anticipating much profit from international distribution, or you may have to wait since, among other things, it was launched as a paid series for Thai audiences initially but now it is free to fans based in Thailand.
It was essentially, a premiere on YouTube for the international audience to announce indirectly that the series would no longer be streamed on YouTube. It appears to me that the production firm for this series did not anticipate attracting such a large number of foreign viewers. Hence they did not have a platform set up for a worldwide broadcast. Only English subtitles are available on YouTube as of now.
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