RuPaul's Drag Race

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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 14 Seasons
  • 8.5  (20,248)

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
Grand Finale
16. Grand Finale
April 22, 2022
RuPaul crowns America's Next Drag Superstar in an epic Las Vegas drag revue show.
Reunited
15. Reunited
April 15, 2022
One week away from the Grand Finale, the contestants return to discuss the season’s gaggiest moments.
Catwalk
14. Catwalk
April 8, 2022
The top queens must play catty supermodels battling for the spotlight in the music video for RuPaul's new song, "Catwalk."
The Ross Mathews Roast
13. The Ross Mathews Roast
April 1, 2022
The queens take part in a good old fashioned comedic roast of Drag Race judge Ross Matthews. Dulcé Sloan guest judges.
Moulin Ru: The Rusical
12. Moulin Ru: The Rusical
March 25, 2022
The queens go to Gay Paree, in the romantic musical, Moulin Ru; singer Andra Day ("The United States vs. Billie Holiday") guest judges; actor Leslie Jordan ("Will & Grace") guest stars.
An Extra Special Episode
11. An Extra Special Episode
March 18, 2022
RuPaul introduces a twist that leaves the dolls gagging.
Snatch Game
10. Snatch Game
March 11, 2022
The queens impersonate celebrities in Snatch Game; Drag Race royalty Raven and actress Dove Cameron ("Descendants") play the game.
Menzeses
9. Menzeses
March 4, 2022
The queens must lead Drag Con panel discussions about the multi-faceted world of menz: dating, fatherhood, and toxic masculinity; comedian Nicole Byer guest judges.
60s Girl Groups
8. 60s Girl Groups
February 25, 2022
The queens sing and dance in 60s girls groups The Rupremes, The Runettes and The Shangrulas. Comedian Alec Mapa guest judges.
The Daytona Wild
7. The Daytona Wild
February 18, 2022
RuPaul puts America's fiercest drag queens to the test as they battle it out in fashion and performance challenges for a crown and cash prize.
Glamazon Prime
6. Glamazon Prime
February 11, 2022
Michelle Visage's online shopping has gotten out of hand; in this design challenge, the queens are tasked with making outfits from all the junk she has ordered; Taraji P. Henson (Empire) guest judges.
Save a Queen
5. Save a Queen
February 4, 2022
The queens must make parody PSAs, for a new charity supporting first-eliminated Drag Race queens. With queens Tempest DuJour, Jaymes Mansfield and Kahmora Hall; pop star Ava Max guest judges.
She’s A Super Tease
4. She’s A Super Tease
January 28, 2022
In their first acting challenge, the queens must create iconic moments for a Drag Race Supertease extended trailer. Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) guest judges.
A Pair Of Balls
3. A Pair Of Balls
January 21, 2022
The queens put their design skills to the test in a Double Ball challenge, stomping the runway in 42 fashion looks. Christine Chiu (Bling Empire) guest judges.
Big Opening (Part 2)
2. Big Opening (Part 2)
January 14, 2022
The remaining queens of the brand new cast bring their gifts to a talent show. Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys guest judges.
Big Opening (Part 1)
1. Big Opening (Part 1)
January 7, 2022
A new cast of queens, competing for $100,000, must show off their performance skills in a talent show. Superstar singer Lizzo guest judges.
The Pit Stop - Big Opening #1
101. The Pit Stop - Big Opening #1
January 8, 2022
Monet X Change and Trinity the Tuck kiki about the Season 14 premiere, which featured half the queens starring in a talent show, RuPaul performing a musical number, and Lizzo guest judging.
The Pit Stop - Big Opening #2
102. The Pit Stop - Big Opening #2
January 15, 2022
The oh-so-gorge Gottmik joins Monet X Change to break down the second group's big Drag Race debut, including their dance-heavy talent show performances and a memorable Alicia Keys lip sync.
The Pit Stop - A Pair of Balls
103. The Pit Stop - A Pair of Balls
January 22, 2022
Season 7 winner Violet Chachki graces the Pit Stop as she and Monet X Change sound off on a gaggle of gag-worthy ball looks and a new chocolate-coated twist to the race.
The Pit Stop - She's a Super Tease
104. The Pit Stop - She's a Super Tease
January 29, 2022
Dancing queen and RuPaul's Drag Race legend Laganja Estranja joins Monet X Change to give plenty of opinions on the Super Tease team acting challenge and J-Lo inspired runway.
The Pit Stop - Save a Queen
105. The Pit Stop - Save a Queen
February 5, 2022
All Stars 2 winner Alaska joins Monet X Change to discuss a devastating surprise exit in the competition, the return of some beloved early-eliminated queens and a spring-themed runway.
The Pit Stop - Glamazon Prime
106. The Pit Stop - Glamazon Prime
February 12, 2022
Season 12 finalist Gigi Goode sits down with Monet X Change to talk in draggy detail about a Glamazon Prime sewing challenge with unconventional materials and a Beyonce lip sync.
The Pit Stop - The Daytona Wind
107. The Pit Stop - The Daytona Wind
February 19, 2022
Punk rock party queen Adore Delano joins Monet X Change to talk about a unique twist on a soapy acting challenge, Lady Camden's epic ruveal, and some chap-tastic runway looks.
The Pit Stop - 60s Girl Groups
108. The Pit Stop - 60s Girl Groups
February 26, 2022
Katya joins Monet X Change to discuss Jasmine Kennedie's coming out, dive into the vintage take on the classic girl group challenge, and share some fond memories of All Stars 2.
The Pit Stop - Menzeses
109. The Pit Stop - Menzeses
March 5, 2022
Canada's queen, Brooke Lynn Hytes, sits with Monet X Change to discuss the return of the DragCon panel challenge, plenty of shoulder pads, and a highly anticipated Etta James lip sync.
The Pit Stop - Snatch Game
110. The Pit Stop - Snatch Game
March 12, 2022
Season 6 winner and comedy queen Bianca Del Rio joins Monet X Change to investigate a Snatch Game to remember, religious runway looks and a twist that changed the course of the competition.
The Pit Stop - An Extra Special Episode
111. The Pit Stop - An Extra Special Episode
March 19, 2022
Drag Race All Star and lip sync expert Silky Nutmeg Ganache joins Monet X Change to give a detailed analysis of the Lalaparuza Smackdown and which performances they thought deserved to win.
The Pit Stop - Moulin Ru: The Rusical
112. The Pit Stop - Moulin Ru: The Rusical
March 26, 2022
Pangina Heals of Drag Race Thailand talks to Monet X Change about Jasmine Kennedie's record-breaking lip syncs, casting the "Moulin Rouge!"-inspired musical and reflective runway lewks.
The Pit Stop - The Ross Mathews Roast
113. The Pit Stop - The Ross Mathews Roast
April 2, 2022
Season 11 finalist and All Star A'keria C. Davenport makes her Pit Stop debut to chat with Monet X Change about the hits and misses in the roast of Ross Mathews and a tutu-inspired runway.
The Pit Stop - Catwalk
114. The Pit Stop - Catwalk
April 9, 2022
Monet X Change and Bob The Drag Queen share the rap verses they would've performed if they starred in RuPaul's "Catwalk," recap the queens' final runways and speak to their younger selves.
The Pit Stop - Grand Finale!
115. The Pit Stop - Grand Finale!
April 23, 2022
Two-time finalist Naomi Smalls joins Monet X Change for the big Season 14 finale to give hot takes on the top five and the winning queen, and reminisce about Naomi's own iconic runs.
Whatcha Packin' - A Pair of Balls
201. Whatcha Packin' - A Pair of Balls
January 22, 2022
June Jambalaya tells fellow American Musical and Dramatic Academy alum Michelle Visage about going from dance to drag, getting eliminated first and creating stunning ensembles for the show.
Whatcha Packin' - She's a Super Tease
202. Whatcha Packin' - She's a Super Tease
January 29, 2022
Alyssa Hunter chats with Michelle Visage about her unique upbringing in Puerto Rico, dealing with prop problems during the Night of a Thousand JLos and her go-to Snatch Game impressions.
Whatcha Packin' #1 - Save a Queen
203. Whatcha Packin' #1 - Save a Queen
February 5, 2022
After her second elimination, Orion Story discusses her love for her late mother, a puppet show talent performance that got nixed and some of the looks that didn't get to hit the runway.
Whatcha Packin' - Glamazon Prime
205. Whatcha Packin' - Glamazon Prime
February 12, 2022
Maddy Morphosis joins Michelle Visage to discuss growing up in small-town Arkansas, being the first straight cisgender queen in Drag Race herstory and looks that viewers didn't get to see.
Whatcha Packin' - 60s Girl Groups
206. Whatcha Packin' - 60s Girl Groups
February 26, 2022
Kerri Colby tells Michelle Visage about her background as a Texas showgirl, her journey after coming out as trans and the design process behind some of her most drop-dead-gorgeous outfits.
Whatcha Packin' - An Extra Special Episode
207. Whatcha Packin' - An Extra Special Episode
March 19, 2022
Dancing diva Jasmine Kennedie sits down with Michelle Visage to discuss her talkative nature, coming out as trans on the air and her leftover looks that didn't make it to the Main Stage.
Whatcha Packin' #1 - The Ross Mathews Roast
208. Whatcha Packin' #1 - The Ross Mathews Roast
April 2, 2022
San Antonio's lip sync superstar Jorgeous sits down with Michelle Visage to talk about competing as a young queen, how her family supports her drag and what went into her runway looks.
Whatcha Packin' #1 - Grand Finale!
210. Whatcha Packin' #1 - Grand Finale!
April 23, 2022
Denver's very own Willow Pill joins Michelle Visage as they discuss how her disability impacted the competition, the creative strategies she used and what's behind her quirky sense of style.
Description

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 14 seasons (256 episodes). The series first aired on February 2, 2009.

Where to Watch RuPaul's Drag Race

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+, Philo, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, VH1, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and FandangoNow.

  • Premiere Date
    February 2, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (20,248)