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AJ and the Queen is a Netflix original series created by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King starring RuPaul herself. It premiered on Netflix internationally on January 10, 2020, and consists of 10 episodes.

Synopsis

AJ and the Queen follows "Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, an ostensibly orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy, 11-year-old stowaway. As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better." [1]

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

Spoilers/Notes

  • On May 11, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series is set to be written and executive produced by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King both of whom also created the show. Production companies involved with the series include MPK Productions and Warner Bros. Television. [4] [5][6]
    • Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that RuPaul would star in the series.
  • On July 17, 2018, a casting breakdown released to talent agencies was published online. It revealed the names of four new characters, Louis, Hector/Damian Sanchez, Lady Danger, and Brianna, and included character descriptions as well.[7]
  • On September 20, 2018, it was announced that Josh Segarra, Michael-Leon Wooley, Katerina Tannenbaum, and Tia Carrere had been cast in starring roles.[8]
  • On October 16, 2018, it was reported that Izzy G. had been cast in the lead role of the titular AJ.[9]
  • On January 18, 2019, it was announced that Matthew Wilkas had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[10]
  • On August 14, 2019 it was confirmed on Rupaul and Michelle Visage's podcast that Adrienne Barbeau would be making an appearance. [11]
  • On December 3, 2019, it was also revealed that 22 queens from past seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race would be appearing alongside Ru.[12]
  • On December 4, 2019, it was also revealed through one of the trailers for the show that 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Jane Krakowski will appear on the show. [13]
  • On January 21, 2020 Latrice Royale gave an interview in which she revealed that RuPaul personally asked her to join the drag icon’s new Netflix series, AJ and the Queen, as a creative consultant.
    • She mentions how she,“ was in the writer's room with six writers, RuPaul, and the rest of the team conceptualizing and forming these stories.”[14]
  • On March 6, 2020, RuPaul broke the news in a tweet, where he confirmed that Netflix had canceled the series after one season. [15]

 Season 1 (2020)

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"New York City" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Michael Patrick King - Written by: RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King
The story begins at the end of an era as Robert (AKA Ruby Red) prepares for a new adventure. Elsewhere, young AJ endures the mean streets of Manhattan.
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"Pittsburgh" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Michael Patrick King - Written by: RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King
Robert treats AJ to breakfast... and a long list of questions. Later, Ruby steps back into the spotlight and encounters bad blood, on and offstage.
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"Columbus" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait - Written by: Jhoni Marchinko
A fender bender leads to a frantic game of cat and mouse. AJ receives a message from back home, and Ruby prepares for an impromptu competition.
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"Louisville" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Adam Davidson - Written by: RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King
AJ and Robert encounter a new cast of queens as Ruby gets ready for a daring performance. Meanwhile, Damien's cruel cruel game claims another victim.
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"Mt. Juliet" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Michael Patrick King - Written by: Eric Reyes Loo
As the tour heads to Nashville, a peculiar pit stop catches Roberts eye, and AJ makes a crafty plan for extra cash.
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"Little Rock" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Adam Shankman - Written by: Stephen Soroka
A late-night rest stop leads to a last minute musical as Robert makes friends in a rural RV park. Meanwhile, his history with "Hector" comes to light.
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"Jackson" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Anne Fletcher - Written by: Drew Droege
Robert and AJ make their way to Mississippi for an action-packed reunion. Back in New York, Louis opens the door to an unexpected visitor.
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"Baton Rouge" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Michael Spiller - Written by: Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
A medical emergency triggers a string of painful memories for AJ and Robert. Lady Danger and Damien cross paths with a fellow traveler.
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"Fort Worth" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Dennie Gordon - Written by: Michael Patrick King & Jhoni Marchinko
As the RV rolls into Texas, the tour hits an unforeseen snag. Robert reconnects with an old friend, and AJ eagerly awaits life with Pop Pop.
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"Dallas" January 10, 2020
Directed by: Michael Patrick King - Written by: RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King
The end of the tour arrives as Ruby competes in Miss Drag USA, AJ prepares for Pop Pop's farm, and Brianna attempts one last desperate leap of faith.

Multimedia

Promotional Videos

BTS & Interviews

Musical Scenes

Images

Promotional

BTS

Trivia

  • The names of the episodes are after American cities that AJ and Robert Lincoln Lee/Ruby Red find themselves in each given episode.

References

  1. https://deadline.com/2018/05/rupaul-comedy-series-aj-and-the-queen-netflix-series-order-michael-patrick-king-1202388420/
  2. Kaysedia in AJ and the Queen - Instagram
  3. Dahlia Sin on AJ and the Queen- "Twitter"
  4. RuPaul Lands Starring Role in New Netflix Original Series 'AJ and the Queen' - Bilboard
  5. RuPaul to star in Netflix comedy AJ and the Queen - EW
  6. RuPaul Comedy Series From Michael Patrick King Set at Netflix - THR
  7. Here’s a Casting Breakdown for RuPaul’s Netflix Show - Vulture
  8. Netflix Rounds Out Cast for RuPaul Comedy 'AJ and the Queen' - THR
  9. ‘AJ And The Queen’: Izzy G To Star As AJ In RuPaul’s Netflix Comedy Series - Deadline
  10. ‘AJ And The Queen’ Casts Matthew Wilkas - Deadline
  11. Episode 218: Adrienne Barbeau - RuPaul: What's the Tea Podcast
  12. RuPaul brings 22 Drag Race queens to costar on AJ and the Queen - EW
  13. Jane Krakowski, Drag Race royalty join RuPaul in first AJ and the Queen trailer - EW
  14. Latrice Royale's One-Woman Show Is a Celebratory Homecoming for a Beloved South Florida Icon - Miami New Times
  15. AJ and the Queen Cancelled - RuPaul's Twitter

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