Focuses on a year in the life of a diverse group of friends in New York's East Village. The "bohemians" live carefree lives of art, music, sex, and drugs. At least, it is carefree until they find out that they owe a year's worth of rent to a former friend who had promised them free rent when he married the landlord's daughter. Meanwhile, Roger has attracted the attention of his downstairs neighbor, Mimi, Mark's former girlfriend, Maureen, has found a new romance with a lawyer named Joanne, and philosophy professor Tom finds his soul mate in drag queen Angel. With this being the late 1980s, the threat of AIDS is always present.