Watch RuPaul's Drag Race

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 VH1
1 Season, 150 Episodes
February 2, 2009
Reality
8.5/10
Cast: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
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RuPaul's Drag Race Full Episode Guide

  • RuPaul crowns America’s Next Drag Superstar in an epic lip-sync smack-down for the crown.

  • The contestants' tasks include being a newscaster, product spokesperson and talk-show host to RuPaul and guest judge Debra Wilson.

  • Twelve drag queens compete against each other to win the title of America's Next Drag Superstar and $100,000.

  • The queens makeover returning queens, transforming them into a member of their own drag family.

  • Fourteen drag queens compete against each other through several challenges to become the next drag superstar.

  • The queens clash with the law in the hit TV series “Los Angeles Drag Patrol”. Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story) and Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project) guest judge.

  • The queens compete in a nautical-themed version of the legendary Snatch Game. Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Clea DuVall guest judge. Drag queen Jinkx Monsoon makes a guest appearance.

  • The queens use organic ingredients to create sickening but sustainable high fashion looks.

  • The queens get physical in the 69th International Draglympics. Choreographer Travis Wall and Olympian figure skaters Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon guest judge. Camp aerobicise queen Love Connie makes a guest appearance.

  • The queens compete in a spooky pageant of monster inspired couture and showcase three Halloween inspired looks. Supermodel Cara Delevingne and pop culture icon Elvira guest judge.

  • The queens get political in a “Grease" inspired musical set in the “Trump School For Girls”. Rachel Maddow makes a guest appearance, while Tiffany “New York” Pollard and Joel McHale guest judge.

  • The queens perform in diva worship talk shows.

  • The queens are challenged to act in drag queen versions of blockbuster movies. Actors Sydelle Noel (Black Panther) and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) guest judge.

  • Miley Cyrus goes undercover in the workroom to spy on the new cast of queens competing for $100,000. The first test is to create signature looks from materials belonging to former Drag Race legends.

  • In the Season 10 finale, RuPaul crowns America's Next Drag Superstar.

  • One week from the Grand Finale, all Season 10 queens return to discuss the season's gaggiest moments. Includes never-before-seen footage, jaw-dropping revelations, and a recap of the seasons' most amazing looks.

  • The top four queens must write and perform a verse in a performance of RuPaul’s hit single, American, and guest on Rupaul’s podcast with Michelle Visage. Choreographer Todrick Hall, style superstar Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews guest judge.

  • The queens must present two characters on the runway: their best selves and their evil twins. Lena Dunham ("Girls") and singer Ashanti guest judge. Cheyenne Jackson ("American Horror Story") is a special guest.

  • The queens give drag makeovers to social media superstars.

  • The queens are assigned parts and must act in the new hit series, "Breastworld."

  • The queens pay tribute to one of the greatest stars of all time in "Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical."

  • The queens must impersonate their favorite celebrities for the legendary Snatch Game. Audra McDonald and Kate Upton guest judge; Bianca Del Rio and Alex Trebek are special guests.

  • The queens have to produce and host their very own Drag Con panels on Makeup, Hair and Body. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, the husband-and-wife duo behind the Oscar-nominated film "The Big Sick," guest judge.

  • The queens' improv skills are put to the test for a new talk show, "Bossy Rossy," hosted by Ross Mathews.

  • The queens cook up global warming friendly looks for the last ball ever.

  • The queens create and star in commercials for new Drag-themed dating apps. Rock goddess Courtney Love and actor Nico Tortorella guest judge.

  • The queens must wow the judges in a lip-sync, dance number inspired by pharmaceutical TV ads. Halsey and Padma Lakshmi guest judge; Andy Cohen and Alyssa Edwards are special guests.

  • Christina Aguilera stunts on the mainstage. Plus, fan favorite queens from the past decade of Drag Race return as 14 new queens compete to become America's Next Drag Superstar and win $100,000.

  • Drag race alumni compete for the title of America's first, "Drag Race Christmas Queen."

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