Showtime's new series Fellow Travelers will take viewers on a trip they won't soon forget. The show explores the journey that two male lovers embark on for decades of their lives. It's based on the book by Thomas Mallon and begins during the 1950s, but covers later decades that the novel does not.
Fordham graduate Tim Laughlin is portrayed by Jonathan Bailey and state department official Hawkins Fuller is played by Matt Bomer. The two meet by chance in Washington D.C. and an affair ensues with long-term ramifications.
The couple are not based on specific people but the historical events they face are real. The storyline has a great deal to say about the anguish felt by gay men who wrestle with their sexuality during different time periods. Challenges arise from the political climate, societal expectations and religious beliefs.