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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 Reality series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (176 episodes). The series first aired on February 2, 2009. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.5.

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 VH1, FandangoNow Apple TV+, CBS, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel, Sling, Google Play, iTunes, VH1, FandangoNow online.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on VH1
12 Seasons, 176 Episodes
February 2, 2009
Reality
8.5/10
Cast: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
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  • The top three queens compete in a revolutionary lip sync battle for the crown. The finale boasts special celeb appearances, the announcement of Miss Congeniality and show-stopping performances.

  • The 12 queens come together in a virtual slumber party to kiki about all things season 12. Ru checks in with all the girls during quarantine and chats about the shadiest moments, most shocking eliminations and takes fan questions.

  • The Top Five queens perform a medley of songs from the Las Vegas show RuPaul's Drag Race Live before walking an Eleganza Extravaganza runway, and Jamal Sims guest judges.

  • The queens work with RuPaul and guest judge Whoopi Goldberg to put together one-woman shows, and the category on the runway is The Color Purple.

  • The queens make over RuPaul's Drag Race superfans and walk the runway with their new drag daughters, and Daisy Ridley sits in with the judges.

  • The queens argue in a presidential debate. Jeff Goldblum and Rachel Bloom serve as guest judges.

  • The queens must create and market ridiculously extravagant products, for the new drag queen lifestyle brand “Droop." Chaka Khan guest judges. Personal trainer Bob Harper makes a guest appearance.

  • The queens get into the groove in a Queen of Pop inspired musical. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and supermodel Winnie Harlow guest judge.

  • The queens compete in the legendary Snatch Game. Mean Girls co-stars Jonathan Bennett and Daniel Franzese guest judge. Drag queen Miss Vanjie makes a guest appearance.

  • The queens are challenged to take part in "Gay's Anatomy." Pop superstar Normani guest judges.

  • The queens’ creativity comes to life when they compete in a pageant of sports-inspired couture, and strutting the runway in three “ball-themed” looks. Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) guest judges.

  • For the first time this season, someone will sashay away! The queens must flex their comedy improv skills for the new TV show “World’s Worst” - a talent show for people with little talent. Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) guest judges.

  • In the second season premiere, the queens must write and perform a Fosse-inspired jazz number. Thandie Newton (Westworld) and Swedish singer Robyn guest judge.

  • Nicki Minaj guest judges the new cast of queens competing for $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. The first step toward the crown is having to write and perform an original rap number.

  • 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.

  • Meet the fifteen queens ready to go WIG on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11.

  • Special guests join Manila Luzon to spill the tea and review the best lewks from the latest episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.

  • The latest queen to sashay away from RuPaul's Drag Race opens up to Michelle Visage about her experience in the competition.

  • The latest queen to sashay away from RuPaul's Drag Race opens up to Michelle Visage about her experience in the competition.

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