What To Know Before Watching RuPaul’s Drag Race

Every time someone watches RuPaul’s Drag Race for the very first time, a bigot’s hairline recedes by a millimeter. Just kidding. But I like to think it’s true.

Here’s what you need to know before starting your engines and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Today, RPDR has grown from a scrappy little show to an international cultural force to be reckoned with.

Once you’ve watched enough regular seasons, it’s time to enjoy All-Stars, where contestants from previous seasons battle to make it to the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

The top prize at RuPaul’s Drag Race, usually announced during the opening credits, can vary. 

The Stakes

In the US, for instance, it’s a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics and a cash prize of 100,000 dollahs.

Most RPDR episodes contain a mini-challenge and a maxi (or main) challenge. Mini challenges are quick contests held in the first half of an episode.

The Challenges

Main challenges, meanwhile, are each episode’s central event. These challenges run the gamut of talents drag queens are praised for.

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