RuPaul’s Drag Race

Start your engines, and may the best drag queen win.

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The OG Drag Race series has been going strong for 15 seasons and counting, spawning lots of spin-offs and international variants. The core remains the same, though. Each season, RuPaul invites a group of would-be drag superstars on and has them compete to see who has what it takes to be crowned the true queen.

  1. Episode 10 Grand Finale
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Finale Recap: Purse First Bob deserves the win, but there is no one in the world like Kim Chi.
  2. Episode 9 The Realness
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Fab Four It’ll be genuinely sad to see a finale without all four of these girls.
  3. Episode 8 Book Ball
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Drawing and Blanks Thank the sweet Baby Jesus. Our long, national nightmare is over.
  4. Episode 7 Shady Politics
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Darker the Barry Give Bob the crown and let the other queens duke it out for second place.
  5. Episode 6 Wizards of Drag
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Thank You for Being a Friend of Dorothy Bob Thedragqueen has this competition sewn up, huh?
  6. Episode 5 Supermodel Snatch Game
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Snatch Me If You Can This year’s Snatch Game is especially lousy.
  7. Episode 4 New Wave Queens
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Blondie Ambition Naysha is so damn trifling.
  8. Episode 3 RuCo’s Empire
  9. Episode 2 Bitch Perfect
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Double Indemnity If a drag queen cannot give a compelling performance to “I Will Survive,” she should be thrown into drag prison.
  10. Episode 1 Keeping It 100!
  1. Episode 14 Grand Finale
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale Recap: And the Winner Is … RuPaul crowns America’s next drag superstar.
  2. Episode 13 Reunited
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunion Recap: Miss Congeniality Valentina is the one true villain of season nine.
  3. Episode 12 Category Is
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Final 4 I’m calling shenanigans on Ru’s twist decision.
  4. Episode 11 Gayest Ball Ever
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Puppet Show After a slow start to the season, we’re finally down to the final four.
  5. Episode 10 Makeovers: Crew Better Work
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Welcome to the Family The most compelling makeover episode of Drag Race yet.
  6. Episode 9 Your Pilot’s on Fire
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Take Off Your Mask Valentina’s lip sync is a truly unprecedented shocker.
  7. Episode 8 RuPaul Roast
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Roast of Michelle Visage I can’t believe Drag Race hasn’t done this sooner.
  8. Episode 7 9021-Ho
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Queens of 90210 Shea Couleé is a next-level drag queen.
  9. Episode 6 Snatch Game
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Blame Game What’s the deal with Farrah Moan?
  10. Episode 5 Reality Stars: The Musical
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Kiss Today Good-bye I want to see these girls as messy as possible as many times as possible.
  11. Episode 4 Good Morning Bitches
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: That’s the News What is Charlie even doing here?
  12. Episode 3 Draggily Ever After
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pretty Pretty Princesses Season nine has been a bit slow to start, but this episode gives us hope that the mojo is still there.
  13. Episode 2 She Done Already Done Brought It On
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Miss Congeniality Returns We don’t need Drag Race to reinvent the wheel for it to be the most entertaining thing on television.
  14. Episode 1 Oh. My. Gaga!
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Premiere Recap: Spring Queening Hallelu, ladies! The best reality-based competition show is back.
  1. Episode 13 Queens Reunited
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale Recap: The Butterfly Effect, or Lack Thereof An up-and-down season comes to a satisfying conclusion (except for some butterflies).
  2. Episode 13 ’ReUnited’
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunion Recap: No Tears Left to Cry This season’s reunion show takes a surprisingly emotional turn.
  3. Episode 12 American
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Four on the Floor We size up the finalists ahead of the big finale, trying to figure out who’s likely to prevail.
  4. Episode 11 Evil Twins
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Gemini Season The competition is whittled down to just four queens.
  5. Episode 10 Social Media Kings Into Queens
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Swipe Up for Glamour We’re down to a remarkably great top five.
  6. Episode 9 Breastworld
  7. Episode 8 The Unauthorized Rusical
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves — and Billy Eichner In a Cher-themed episode, the girls make the leap from lip-syncing to singing live.
  8. Episode 7 Snatch Game
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: You Can Take My Snatch We’ve got ourselves a tough episode to swim through, mermaid-style.
  9. Episode 6 Drag Con Panel Extravaganza
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pros and Drag Cons All hail these merch-peddling artistic geniuses.
  10. Episode 5 The Bossy Rossy Show
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Zip Zap Death Drop Miz Cracker is surely the front-runner now, no?
  11. Episode 4 The Last Ball on Earth
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pale Blue Ball To infinity and beyond, queens!
  12. Episode 3 Tap That App
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Fun, Friends, Maybe More You really need to watch Untucked this week, too.
  13. Episode 2 PharmaRusical
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: We Need to Talk About the Vixen The Vixen is here to mix it up with dramatics, honey.
  14. Episode 1 10s Across the Board
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Premiere Recap: Dime-store Girls Let’s meet our fresh-faced queens, shall we?
  1. Episode 14 Grand Finale
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale Recap: Odds in Her Favor A long, difficult season draws to a close the only way it really could. But where does Drag Race go from here?
  2. Episode 12 Queens Everywhere
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Closing Arguments The remaining five queens get the full Top Four treatment as they make a final case for themselves to be in the finale.
  3. Episode 11 Bring Back My Queens!
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Return of the Cyst-ers A couple of go-to challenges, but with a new twist, frame what is definitely the most dramatic episode of the season thus far.
  4. Episode 10 Dragracadabra
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Practically Magic The queens are serving charisma, uniqueness, nerve, talent, and magic tricks, hunny!
  5. Episode 9 L.A.D.P.!
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: You Have the Right to an A-Turnt-Ey The strong get stronger, and one queen takes a giant leap forward by embracing her inner fool.
  6. Episode 8 Snatch Game at Sea
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Deadliest Snatch Season 11 finally kicks into high gear thanks to one of the best Snatch Games this series has seen, a killer runway, and a lip-sync for the ages.
  7. Episode 7 From Farm to Runway
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Raw and Unfiltered We’ve reached the point where Ru is demanding more personality from these queens, in the form of an unconventional-materials design challenge.
  8. Episode 6 The Draglympics
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Last Dance It’s Team Glamazonia vs. Team Tuckpantistan in an Olympic choreography showdown that’s the season’s best maxi challenge thus far.
  9. Episode 5 Monster Ball
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Beauties and Beasts What this season needed was a good old-fashioned Ball challenge!
  10. Episode 4 Trump: The Rusical
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Make Season 11 Great Again Drag Race gives its standard lip-sync musical challenge the Trump treatment, and it is truly bizarre.
  11. Episode 3 Diva Worship
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Glitter Bomb What has occurred here in this episode is straight up dis-re-spect-ful to Mariah Carey.
  12. Episode 2 Good God Girl, Get Out
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Dragkanda Forever! A blockbuster-inspired acting challenge reveals which queens have what it takes to command the screen, and sets the season back on track.
  13. Episode 1 Whatcha Unpackin?
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Premiere Recap: Let’s Get Elevengendary! Season 11 is off to the races. Let the best woman … win!
  1. Episode 14 Grand Finale
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale Recap: Long May She Reign Even when you take away the pageantry and production value, you’re still left with a show with a hell of a lot of talent, creativity, and heart.
  2. Episode 13 Alone Together
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunion Recap: Bedroom Queens Drag Race embraces the circumstances and turns out a tasty, socially distant snack that leaves us hungry for the finale.
  3. Episode 12 Viva Drag Vegas
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Luck Be a Lady A long-form advertisement for Drag Race’s Vegas residency (womp womp) gives us our final three queens, and a multitude of reasons to stan each one.
  4. Episode 11 One-Queen Show
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: #Methmentum Given the overall strength of this top six, it’s surprising how messy these one-queen shows turn out to be.
  5. Episode 10 Superfan Makeover
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Drag Brings Joy We’re given a top-tier makeover challenge thanks to a group of delightful, endearing guest stars who help our queens become loving drag moms.
  6. Episode 9 Choices 2020
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Patriot Games Drag Race has every right to make an episode that speaks to the current moment, but whether it can do so successfully is another matter entirely.
  7. Episode 8 Droop
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: This Is Heidi’s Night This season’s brand challenge provides a much-needed shakeup, and shows this race is ultimately just getting started.
  8. Episode 7 Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Get Into the GRuve Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical is the best musical challenge in Drag Race herstory. That’s right, no qualifiers.
  9. Episode 6 Snatch Game
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Gigi’s Drag Race In an episode full of RuPaul trying to produce queens into botching the Snatch Game, one in particular refuses to break pace.
  10. Episode 5 Gay’s Anatomy
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Girls Are Fighting! This year’s acting challenge proves to be one of the better installments in the Drag Race adapted screenplay canon, but the real drama is in Untucked.
  11. Episode 4 The Ball Ball
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: It DO Take Balls! A classic ball challenge brings with it some classic ball-challenge tropes, plus a guest judge who belongs in the Drag Race hall of fame.
  12. Episode 3 World’s Worst
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Improv Everywhere All 13 queens assemble for the season’s first acting challenge, social distancing be damned! But one in particular gets a curious lack of screen time.
  13. Episode 2 You Don’t Know Me
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Fosse/Burden Season 12’s six remaining queens enter the competition amid a distinct feeling of déjà Ru.
  14. Episode 1 I’m That Bitch
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Premiere Recap: The Bitch Is Back A jam-packed season premiere trots out some familiar twists from seasons past, along with an impressive (half) crop of new queens.
  1. Episode 16 Grand Finale
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale Recap: And the Winner Is… Condragulations to our newly crowned queen, long may she reign.
  2. Episode 14 Gettin’ Lucky
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Battle of the Front-runners It’s the final competitive episode, so let’s lay out the case for and against each of our finalists.
  3. Episode 13 Henny, I Shrunk the Drag Queens!
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Growers and Showers A lengthy but entertaining acting challenge cements the narratives our final four will ride into the finale.
  4. Episode 12 Nice Girls Roast
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Let’s Get This Roast A’Cookin’ This season’s “Nice Girls Roast” will go down as one of the most perfectly average stand-up challenges in Drag Race herstory.
  5. Episode 11 Pop! Goes the Queens
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: LLC Queens A branding challenge finds the queens starring in commercials heavy on the “no jokes, just vibes” school of comedy.
  6. Episode 10 Freaky Friday Queens
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Trading Faces Season 13 has found its footing again with a satisfying spin on a dependable challenge and some high-stakes shake-ups.
  7. Episode 9 Snatch Game
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: To Freedom!! We’re only at mile 13 in the marathon that is this season, but thankfully Snatch Game has arrived to sustain us.
  8. Episode 8 Social Media: The Unverified Rusical
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Social Werk The dark side of Olivia? Auditions in the werkroom? Annie Hathaway spilling Devil Wears Prada tea? This episode truly has it all.
  9. Episode 7 Bossy Rossy Ruboot
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: RUCB 101 The baffling choices are beginning to pile up this season.
  10. Episode 6 Disco-mentary
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Herstory Lessons Come for the dancing and pageantry, stay for a valuable history lesson on a pioneering form of artistic queer expression.
  11. Episode 5 The Bag Ball
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Bag Ladies Our latest ball episode gives us some necessary rankings shake-ups and the beginnings of what could be a season-long conflict.
  12. Episode 4 RuPaulmark Channel
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Happy RuPaulidays! It’s finally time for the first elimination of the season, but first we must endure the first acting challenge of the season.
  13. Episode 3 Phenomenon
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Tamisha Said I Had Potential Episode one’s “losing” team mount an impressive production number that surpasses last Friday’s installment from the “winners.”
  14. Episode 2 Condragulations
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Spy Who Dragged Me The highly anticipated epilogue of RuPaul’s Psychological Warfare Race gives way to a far more normie season premiere/RuPaul infomercial.
  15. Episode 1 The Pork Chop
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pair of Queens As Drag Race format shakeups go, this year’s lip sync battle falls somewhere in the middle, but a great cast of queens help give it a boost.
  1. Episode 16 Grand Finale!
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: And the Winner Is … While the winner will probably come as no surprise, it’s nonetheless quite satisfying.
  2. Episode 14 Catwalk
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Final Five A first in Drag Race finals history.
  3. Episode 13 The Ross Matthews Roast
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Bossy Roasty As we catapult toward the end of the season, let’s rank the queens on their chances of winning.
  4. Episode 12 Moulin Ru: The Rusical
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Villain Eras Before the queens make their Rusical debuts, they must settle on a cast list — and therein lies the drama.
  5. Episode 11 An Extra Special Episode
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: LollapaRuza The (mostly one-sided) feud brewing between Jasmine Kennedie and Daya Betty gets its day in the lip-sync arena.
  6. Episode 10 Snatch Game
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Snatch Game of Flops Let’s talk about what makes a good Snatch Game. Or, rather, what makes a bad one.
  7. Episode 9 Menzses
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: DragCon Artists The annual DragCon challenge results in a lip sync to remember.
  8. Episode 8 ‘60s Girl Groups
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Up the Ladder to the Ru The ’60s-girl-group challenge is a rock-solid concept, but it isn’t quite enough to pull up a tough midseason episode.
  9. Episode 7 The Daytona Wind
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: One Hand, One Fart A delightfully surprising episode reminds us that Drag Race can still make remarkable TV magic.
  10. Episode 6 Glamazon Prime
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: No Time to Daya One of the queen’s glaringly obvious insecurities proves positively ripe for excessive prodding.
  11. Episode 5 Save a Queen
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: RuPaul’s Worker’s Comp Race A shake-up nobody wanted opens up a fourth front-runner spot for the queen quick enough to grab it.
  12. Episode 4 She’s A Super Tease
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: All Tease, All Shade A couple of meltdowns and a great reveal leaves us wanting more from the season.
  13. Episode 3 A Pair of Balls
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Willow-Pilled Drawn-out, early-season shenanigans and a new way for RuPaul to emotionally torment the girls? Drag Race is back, baby!
  14. Episode 2 Big Opening No. 2
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Jorgeous Jorgeous Girls Love Drag Another premiere, another talent show, another front-runner.
  15. Episode 1 Big Opening No. 1
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Premiere Recap: The Season 14 Variant Can the keystone of this franchise remain fresh and innovative despite the global proliferation of the Drag Race IP?
  1. Episode 16 Grand Finale
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale Recap: Goddess After the best final two lip sync we’ve had in seasons, we have a newly crowned queen.
  2. Episode 14 Blame It On the Edit
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Blame It on the Malaise Oh, you thought the last episode before the finale would have some actual competitive stakes? Well, get ready for a twist!
  3. Episode 13 Teacher Makeovers
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Teacher’s Pet The makeover challenge gives the subjects what they came for, but the viewers less so.
  4. Episode 12 Wigloose: The Rusical!
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: This Is Not a Talent Show An excellent Rusical in which nobody really flops forces the judges to decide based on vibes.
  5. Episode 11 Two Queens, One Joke
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Size Matters The glorious return to 90-minute episodes delivers a mini-challenge, an actual judges’ deliberation, and a season-defining lipsync.
  6. Episode 10 50/50’s Most Gagworthy Stars
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: I Love Loosey Oh, Loosey! You’ve got some Janning to do!
  7. Episode 9 The Crystal Ball
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: What I See in My Crystal Ball Some stars rise as the season gains momentum, but can anyone catch Sasha?
  8. Episode 8 LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Ya Like Lip Syncs? This week’s ultra-compressed Lalaparuza is an info dump of pure talent without any stakes.
  9. Episode 7 The Daytona Wind 2
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Mistress and Malaysia Okay Show, Meh Job! I would like an oral history of who thought that Drag Race and Tim and Eric make a good match.
  10. Episode 6 Old Friends Gold
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Golden Girl Groups The filler is gone, the competition is heating up, and the queens are fighting.
  11. Episode 5 House of Fashion
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Unconventional-Material Girls A much-needed filler episode sets the stakes for the rest of the season.
  12. Episode 4 Supersized Snatch Game
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Seeing Double The queens who manage to stand out in this supersize Snatch Game are doubly impressive, and the ones who end up in the bottom are impressively bad.
  13. Episode 3 All Queens Go to Heaven
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Gimme More The hourlong Drag Race episode has returned, and the rhythms are all off.
  14. Episodes 1 and 2 One Night Only
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Premiere Recap: Supersize Me A 16-queen double premiere is a lot to take in, but it’s invigorating to have this much drag thrown at us.

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