Dan Feuerriegel and Pana Hema Taylor, "Spartacus" (Photo: Starz)

This Pride, rediscover the passion & the power of ‘Spartacus’

Pride is canceled across the nation because of COVID-19, so that gives you plenty of time to fire up the DVD player for a classic.

Across four seasons, Starz’s “Spartacus” captured a slave gladiator (first Andy Whitfield, then Liam McIntyre) becoming the leader of a rebellion that threatened the heart of Rome.

Amid this sprawling, violent, even gory epic that ran from 2010-2013 appeared one of the most passionate same-sex couples ever to hit the small or big screen.

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Ed O'Neill.

‘Married … with Children’ star Ed O’Neill made life hell for his lesbian co-star

Before there was Ellen, there was Amanda Bearse.

The actress, then co-starring on Fox’s “Married … with Children,” became the first working TV actress on network television to come out. She was a trailblazer on the politically incorrect sitcom that launched the Fox network and ran for 11 seasons, from 1987-1997.

It starred Ed O’Neill as sad-sack shoe salesman Al Bundy, Katey Sagal as his lazy wife Peg, Christina Applegate as his dumb blonde daughter Kelly, and David Faustino as horndog son Bud. Bearse played next-door neighbor Marcy, a bank manager who clashed with Al about everything.

That, apparently, extended off-screen.

O’Neill and Bearse did not get along.

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‘4 Moons’ Shines a Light on the Search for Love

"4 Moons" DVD coverIn the bonus interview on the DVD for his 2014 film “4 Moons,” director Sergio Tovar Velarde revealed he was inspired by the concept of the four stages of a man’s life. In this film, he crafts the story of men of various ages struggling with coming out, accepting themselves and forging lives with love.

A schoolboy acts on his attraction to an older pal, forcing his parents to come to terms with his sexuality. Two college friends fall in love, but the stress of the closet might be too much for both of them. A thirtysomething couple, together for years, find their relationship threatened by an outsider. An older man faced with the end of his career and perhaps the finality of his life becomes obsessed with a hustler.

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