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RuPaul's Drag Race is a reality show that pits drag queens against each other in a race to become "America's Next Drag Superstar." It is hosted by perhaps America's only drag superstar RuPaul. It airs on three networks -- Logo and VH1 in the United States and MuchMore in Canada. The show went on air in 2009 and is still running as of 2012.

Each episode consists of a series of challenges presented to the contestants. The contestants consist only of biologically male drag queens. Their sexuality is not a consideration when they are chosen and contestants of all sexualities are welcome, but the show does have a historic predominance of gay contestants. RuPaul himself is allegedly bisexual and appears on the show both as a man and as a drag queen, while helping the contestants through challenges and judging them based on their performances.

The challenges on RuPaul's Drag Race pertain to drag queen culture. They involve personality builders, drag dress competitions, modeling competitions, impersonations and more. The judging occurs before a panel and the judges decide who the winners of the challenges were and who did not meet the challenges well enough. From there, RuPaul has the lowest ranking competitors lip-sync to a song by a female vocal artist. She then decides who did the best job of it. The contestant with the worst lip-sync performance goes home.

Memorable moments in the show's history include the finales in which winners are announced, but also some eliminations. They can stir up controversy among fans as to what constitutes a good drag queen. One socially and emotionally charged moment was when contestant Ongina told the world she was HIV positive. However, not all of the memorable moments are so serious. There is a lot of comedy surrounding the contestants when they show they are not only drag queens, but also mega drama queens.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on Logo
10 Seasons, 145 Episodes
February 2, 2009
Reality
8.1/10
Cast: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
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RuPaul's Drag Race Full Episode Guide

  • In the Season 9 finale, RuPaul crowns America's Next Drag Superstar.

  • The queens reunite to dish about the most shocking, glamorous and sickening moments of the season.

  • The queens must write and perform a rap on RuPaul's new hit single, and guest RuPaul's podcast with Michelle Visage. Style superstar Carson Kressley and the hilarious Ross Matthews guest judge.

  • The queens compete in a queer culture pageant, and design outfits inspired by the Village People.

  • The queens make over members of the "Drag Race" crew; singer Kesha and gown designer Zaldy guest judge.

  • The queens create, write and star in their own TV pilots. Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) and QVC queen Lisa Robertson guest judge.

  • The queens perform a comedy roast of RuPaul in front of a live audience; guest judges Tamar Braxton and Fortune Feimster.

  • The queens act in a '90s high school drama, directed by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth.

  • The Queens impersonate celebrities in a TV game show. Candis Cayne and Denis O'Hare guest judge.

  • Todrick Hall directs the queens in Broadway's newest attraction, a Reality Stars musical. Singer Meghan Trainor guest judges.

  • The queens participate in the ruthless Morning Talk Show wars. Naya Rivera (Glee) and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnREAL) guest judge.

  • The queens are challenged to create fairytale drag princesses, and transform themselves into sassy sidekicks. Guest judges include: Todrick Hall and Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story).

  • This week the queens perform in an epic cheer battle. With guest judges The B-52s.

  • In the tenth season premiere, Lady Gaga meets the 13 new queens in the competition.

  • Wigs fly as the queens discuss the drama of the season. Plus, both "America's Next Drag Superstar" and "Miss Congeniality" are crowned.

  • In one last challenge, the queens play a major part in the music video for RuPaul's "The Realness."

  • The queens participate in a pageant of book-inspired high fashion; and perform a musical honoring Jerri Blank from "Strangers With Candy."

  • The queens make presidential campaign advertisements and announce their candidacies for drag president of the USA.

  • The queens provide "Wizard of Oz"-themed makeovers to the cast of "Little Women: L.A."

  • The queens act as stars for a quick-witted game show; and fashion iconic Madonna looks.

  • The queens sing in '80s-type New Wave female bands. Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein guest judge with RuPaul's music producer, Lucian Piane.

  • The queens get their Cookie on in two Empire-inspired scenes; guest judges Tasha Smith and singer-songwriter Faith Evans.

  • The queens participate in an a cappella singing competition.

  • Season 8 begins with the queens making a costume using past season's design challenge.

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The Reign of Sasha Velour | RuPaul's NYC DragCon 2017 Clip (05:23) Drag Makeup Tutorial: Shea Coule's Melanin Goddess | RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 | Now on VH1 Clip (15:32) Whatcha Packin w/ Michelle Visage & Trinity Taylor | RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 9 Finale) Clip (05:36)