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Sëan Moran in "Queen Dad." - COURTESY OF DON BLEDSOE
  • courtesy of Don Bledsoe
  • Sëan Moran in "Queen Dad."

Here's a post-Father's Day conundrum: Can a homophobic Texas teen grow to love the gay drag-queen dad he just met?

And one for all seasons: How would Burlington's FlynnSpace look if it hosted a gay bar complete with go-go dancers?

The first season of the Vermont-shot web series "Queen Dad" answers both those questions. The brainchild of Shelburne-based TV and film actor Sëan Moran and his midwestern writing partner, Don Bledsoe, the show is now available on DVD and streamable via queendad.com.

While "Queen Dad" is structured more or less like a sitcom, with five episodes ranging in length from eight to 15 minutes, it has as much serious drama as yuks. Cancer and gay bashing are among the topics broached by this serial, whose pilot ends with the first meeting between an unlikely father and son pair.

Monty Ellis (Moran) is a flannel-shirt-wearing plumber by day and a joke-telling drag diva by night. His 17-year-old son, Jack (Matt Parisi), who's been kicked out of school in Texas, just happens to meet Monty for the first time when the latter is in costume as "Flora" — or "Florified," as his boss at the Male Box (Ethel Goldstein) puts it. Their relationship is rocky until Monty gets Jack a job at the Male Box, where the kid starts to shed his prejudices and appreciate his dad. (He also appreciates a cameo appearance by the sexy ladies of Burlington's Green Mountain Cabaret; cofounder Jon van Luling plays the bar's bouncer.)

It all ends on a big cliffhanger, but fear not. Moran tells us in an email that "Queen Dad" will be back for a second season — once again, shot in spots that Burlingtonians will recognize.

"Queen Dad" is available on DVD for $14.95 at queendad.com.

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