Kristin Chenoweth can’t save Drag Race’s humdrum All Stars Snatch Game

It’s a bad sign when a guest judge is the best thing about an episode of Drag Race, but Kristin Chenoweth does get much more than the usual guest in “All Stars Snatch Game.” Peeved that no drag queen has ever impersonated her in the seasonal Snatch Game challenge, Chenoweth decides that she’ll just join the panel…

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Drag Race’s The Bachelor parody is so good it should be its own show

Drag Race comedy challenges rarely leave me begging for more, but “The Bitchelor” deserves to be a Burning Love-style series on WOW Presents Plus. This parody of The Bachelor assigns each drag queen a different dating show archetype and pairs them up to improvise scenes with Unreal’s Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and I…

A Drag Race All Star learns that you don’t question reality TV fairness

It’s not a new idea that reality-show competitions are rigged by the producers, but Thorgy Thor is the rare contestant who speaks out when she sees that the odds are stacked in favor of some queens more than others. It’s an easy way to get eliminated, but in the case of this week’s RuPaul Drag Race All Stars, I can…

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars returns when we need it most

What’s the point of all star drag queens when the world is on fire? People’s rights are being trampled, the government is barely functioning, and we’re living in fear of a nuclear war ignited by social media. The big TV success story of last year was Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and with each passing day, reality takes…

Go behind the scenes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, one of the most radical shows on TV

RuPaul’s Drag Race might be the hardest show to get a skeptical viewer to watch, but it’s absolutely the easiest one to keep them watching. Sure, the concept of drag might seem impenetrable to the casual viewer, or maybe they’re just not all that interested in the pageantry of it all. But what tends to keep people…

Looking for the performance of the year? Watch 2 minutes of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Here is a very partial roster of people who were wonderful on TV in 2017: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Coon, Elisabeth Moss, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Sarah Gadon, Aubrey Plaza, Issa Rae, Rachel Bloom, Viola Davis, Pamela Adlon, Ted Danson, Alexis Bledel, Allison Janney,…

A Drag Race duo, a video game tournament, and a stand-up on vinyl

I’m already on the record as loving The Comeback Kid, the stand-up special John Mulaney taped in Chicago in 2015. And while my praise for the set had a lot to do with Mulaney’s physical presence onstage, I’m eager for the audio version of The Comeback Kid, because I deserve to hear the comedian’s endlessly quotable…

RuPaul’s Drag Race is an oasis for gay viewers in a fraught political climate

For decades, drag shows have provided gay men a place where they can congregate and celebrate the things that they are ridiculed for by a society with rigid views of masculinity. Drag is all about the performance of gender, and it’s an art form that compels the artist and the audience to reconsider gender norms and…

Drag Race’s reunion delivers the exciting drama that season 9 lacked

The reunion episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race should be overflowing with drama, and that’s exactly what we get in tonight’s episode. I was not a fan of the new reunion format when it debuted during last year’s All Stars 2, but it works much better for a fresh group of queens that hasn’t fully adjusted to post-Drag Race…

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RuPaul’s Drag Race throws the “Gayest Ball Ever” with mixed results

The ball episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race are consistently some of the strongest because they put a lot of pressure on the queens at a late stage in the season, so it’s a small group that is already tense, exhausted, and fiercely competitive. The queens have to have a distinct look for three different themes, one of…

Drag Race season 9 finally reaches excellence when the queens make TV pilots

It finally happened. RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 had its first great episode. I’ve been tough on this season, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the moment when it would kick into high gear and give me the heightened drama and spectacle that I crave from this series. “Your Pilot’s On Fire” is that moment, a game-changer…