RuPaul's Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race

  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 13 Seasons
  • 8.5  (15,643)

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.

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Seasons
Reunited
15. Reunited
April 16, 2021
The season 13 queens are back to dish on all the moments that made this season unforgettable. This gag-worthy reunion will feature up close and personal interviews, original music videos, and a special lip sync.
Gettin' Lucky
14. Gettin' Lucky
April 9, 2021
The queens write and record lyrics as they perform to the world premiere of RuPaul's new song "Lucky". Choreographer Jamal Sims (Disney's Aladdin) makes a guest appearance.
Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens!
13. Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens!
April 2, 2021
The queens flex their acting skills in a new sci-fi adventure, playing tiny shrunken drag queens. Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha) guest judges; Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) makes a virtual appearance in the workroom.
Nice Girls Roast
12. Nice Girls Roast
March 26, 2021
The queens take part in a comedy roast of former Drag Race "Miss Congeniality” winners - Heidi N Closet, Nina West and Valentina. Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) guest judges; Norvina (Instant Influencer) makes a guest appearance
Pop! Goes the Queens
11. Pop! Goes the Queens
March 19, 2021
The queens must create and brand their own versions of extravagant soft drinks. Current reigning America’s Next Drag Superstar Jaida Essence Hall makes a virtual appearance in the workroom.
Freaky Friday Queens
10. Freaky Friday Queens
March 12, 2021
It’s Freaky Friday! The queens are challenged to make over each other into their own drag doppelgangers. Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) guest judges; psychic Char Margolis makes an appearance.
Snatch Game
9. Snatch Game
March 5, 2021
The queens impersonate celebrities in the legendary Snatch Game. LGBT activist TS Madison guest judges.
Social Media: The Unverified Rusical
8. Social Media: The Unverified Rusical
February 19, 2021
It’s time for the Rusical! Queens must record lyrics and learn choreography as they perform in a tale on social media. Choreographer Jamal Sims guest judges; Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) makes a virtual appearance in the workroom.
Bossy Rossy After Dark
7. Bossy Rossy After Dark
February 12, 2021
The queens flex their improv skills in a reboot of the salacious talk show Bossy Rossy, hosted by Ross Mathews. LGBT activist TS Madison guest judges.
Disco-Mentary
6. Disco-Mentary
February 5, 2021
The queens funk it up in a disco-dancing documentary, complete with 70s fashions. Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) guest judges.
The Bag Ball
5. The Bag Ball
January 29, 2021
Tensions rise as queens put their design skills to the test in a pageant of bag-inspired couture and showcase three bag-themed looks. Comedian and host Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) guest judges.
RuPaulmark Channel
4. RuPaulmark Channel
January 22, 2021
The queens are challenged to overact in cheesy RuPaulmark holiday movies. Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) guest judges.
Phenomenon
3. Phenomenon
January 15, 2021
As the race for the crown continues, queens must write lyrics and perform choreography in a performance of RuPaul's song Phenomenon. Comedian and host Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) guest judges.
Condragulations
2. Condragulations
January 8, 2021
Queens form a pop group to write lyrics and perform choreography to a new version of RuPaul's song Condragulations. Choreographer Jamal Sims (Disney's Aladdin) guest judges.
The Pork Chop
1. The Pork Chop
January 1, 2021
In an epic twist, RuPaul makes all 13 contestants lip sync for their lives as soon as they enter the competition. Some will stay, while some will sashay away.
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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.RuPaul's Drag Race is a series that is currently running and has 13 seasons (196 episodes). The series first aired on February 2, 2009.

RuPaul's Drag Race is available for streaming on the VH1 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch RuPaul's Drag Race on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel, Google Play, Apple TV, VH1 and FandangoNow.

  • Premiere Date
    February 2, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (15,643)