Trixie Mattel on Kacey Musgraves and why she’s “still scared of RuPaul”

A country music-loving drag queen who’s been a perennial favorite of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Trixie Mattel finally got her just deserts earlier this spring when she (spoiler alert!) won All Stars season three. Though the win has been controversial among Shangela stans, it was well-deserved, as Mattel has not only risen…

A messy, predictable Drag Race All Stars fails to build on the season’s big twist

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BenDeLaCreme dropped the mic on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars by leaving the competition at the end of the last episode, and while that was a fantastic twist, the show doesn’t do anything with the momentum created by her shocking departure. I applaud BenDeLa’s strategy of bringing back Morgan McMichaels…

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

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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…

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

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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

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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

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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…

An awkward, hollow reunion doesn’t do justice to the excellent All Stars 2

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RuPaul’s Drag Race has never had a reunion this awkward and stilted. In mimicking the format of Bravo’s Real Housewives reunion shows, Drag Race sacrifices its own character with a strangely under-produced episode that feels like a rush job put together to capitalize on the huge ratings of All Stars season 2. This…

Drag Race All Stars closes out a fantastic season with a satisfying crowning

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No matter your feelings on the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2, there’s no denying that this season has been a massive improvement on the show’s first All Stars attempt. No more pairs, new elimination rules, and a steady stream of drama have made this not just a great All Stars season, but one of the best …

Family reunions bring heavy emotions to All Stars 2’s makeover challenge

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“Family That Drags Together” is an emotional roller coaster. The makeover episodes are usually a lot of fun, but an influx of family drama gives this episode significantly more weight than past makeover challenges. Bringing in the remaining all stars’ female family members for makeovers is an inspired decision by…

All Stars delivers a lighter episode as the queens get in the merch game

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars has felt like a genuine Drag Race event this entire season, so it’s a strange sensation to watch an episode that feels more like a regular installment of the series. I can’t imagine what the show would have to do to top last week’s Ru-venge, and instead of trying to reach higher, the show…

All Stars goes bigger and bolder as eliminated queens get their Ru-venge

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Before the Ru-venge, an apology: Caught up in the whirlwind of Lil’ Poundcake’s return, I forgot to congratulate RuPaul on her much-deserved Emmy win last week, so this review is also going to function as an appreciation of RuPaul’s genius. “Revenge Of The Queens” shows why RuPaul won that Emmy. Drag is all about…

A middling Drag Race All Stars is elevated by the return of a fan-favorite

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is all about spotlighting familiar faces from this series, and tonight’s episode features the most exciting return of them all. Yes, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: LIL’ POUNDCAKE IS BACK! Alaska introduced her and Lineysha Sparx’s puppet daughter to the world in…

Drag Race All Stars reaches its full potential when the queens get personal

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All hail Alyssa Edwards, bringer of drama and delight! Alyssa was entertaining in the first two episodes of this season (shame on me for not mentioning her face mask moment last week), but she significantly ups her game in “HERstory Of The World,” an episode that spotlights her overwhelming personality, deep talent,…

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