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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
11 Seasons, 142 Episodes
February 2, 2009
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RuPaul's Drag Race Full Episode Guide

  • Lisa Kudrow from Friends stops by, and the queens are challenged to 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 invent "Empire"-inspired scenes.

  • 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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RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 8) | Condragulations!! Top 3 React to the Finale | Logo Clip (04:08) RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 8 Finale) | Bob the Drag Queen's 'I Don't Like To Show Off' Performance Clip (02:05)