Foreign Affairs: Worldwide Sapphic Soaps

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You guys, we traveled far and wide, but the inevitable day has come. It is time we discuss the soap. Just remember: Soap isn’t necessarily about the length of run, or frequency—it’s about a vibe. The soapy vibe. And those unmistakable camera angles. You know what I’m talking about.

I hope you brought tissues and careful around the wild spoilers!

Hungary’s Társas Játék (Social Games) is based on the Israeli series When Shall We Kiss? and produced by HBO East Europe. Both the original show and its Hungarian counterpart have queer characters. In Hungary, we have Judit (lead) and Doroka (recurring).

In the first season, Judit, who’s going through marital problems with her husband, Ivan, embarks on an affair with Doroka, a masseuse. The affair ends by the end of the season. Doroka wasn’t seen during Season 2, but if the show returns, who knows what might happen?

Two seasons aired in Hungary starting in 2012. Status of a third season is TBD, but, you can watch Judit and Doroka’s entire story, with English subtitles, right here. Thanks frenisback! Don’t forget to turn the captions on!

Thanks to you guys, we know that there was a Czech adaptation for the show as well. It was called Až po uši, and it only ended recently.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 9.44.36 AMDifferent countries. Same characters. Až po uši, Társas Játék and When Shall we Kiss

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