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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…

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…

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…

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…

RuPaul’s Drag Race delivers an undercooked roast of Michelle Visage

The first “RuPaul Roast” was one of the best episodes of season 5, so I had high hopes for the return of the roast. Alas, the second “RuPaul Roast” is a pale shadow of its predecessor. This season’s queens haven’t fared very well when given repeat challenges: Snatch Game and the second “Night Of 1000 Madonnas” were…

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Drag Race gets bit by the ’90s nostalgia bug with a “9021-HO” acting challenge

RuPaul’s Drag Race tends to heat up after “Snatch Game,” and the competition is starting to get more intense in “9021-HO,” which has the queens heading to high school with an acting challenge involving a drag version of Beverly Hills, 90210. The queens are directed by two of the original show’s stars, Jennie Garth and…

Drag Race’s fairy tale challenge brings out the queens’ creativity

There’s a lot to talk about in tonight’s delightful episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but I wanted to start by taking a moment to talk about the bravest struggle of all: not wearing hip pads. It’s, like, really hard to be out in the world without that posterior armor, and Kimora Blac is taking a huge risk showing…