RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Drag Race variants, are a television drag queen competition franchise created by American drag icon RuPaul, and the production company World of Wonder. It originated in the United States in 2009, where it was devised as a replacement for Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (2007–2009), and has been adapted in various countries. The show's aim to find the next "Drag Superstar", with the winners occupying the traits of "charisma", "uniqueness", "nerve" and "talent". RuPaul stated that the show looks for an entertainer who can stand out from the rest.[1] RuPaul’s Drag Race is credited for making drag "mainstream".[2]

RuPaul's Drag Race has produced thirteen seasons to date (as of 2021) and has inspired several spin-off series, including RuPaul's Drag U, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, and RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race. In addition three DragCons have been created: RuPaul's DragCon LA, RuPaul's DragCon NYC, and RuPaul's DragCon UK. A RuPaul's Drag Race Live! variety show in Las Vegas was established in 2020 with a corresponding television special.

Drag Race around the world

There have been a total of 26 winners of Drag Race worldwide.

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Country/Region Name Network Premiere Judges Winner(s)
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Australia
RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Stan May 1, 2021
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New Zealand
TVNZ OnDemand
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Canada
Canada's Drag Race Crave July 2, 2020
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Chile
The Switch Drag Race[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] Mega October 8, 2015
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The Netherlands
Drag Race Holland Videoland September 18, 2020
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Spain
Drag Race España ATRESplayer Premium[12] TBA
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Thailand
Drag Race Thailand[13] LINE TV February 15, 2018
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United
Kingdom
RuPaul's Drag Race UK BBC Three October 3, 2019
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United
States
RuPaul's Drag Race Logo TV (S1-8)

VH1 (S9-)
March 23, 2009
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!
(Under the Hood)
Logo TV (S1‑6)
WOWPresents (S7‑9)
VH1 (S10-)
February 02, 2009
(Under the Hood)
February 01, 2010
N/A
RuPaul's Drag U Logo TV July 19, 2010
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Logo TV (S1-2)

VH1 (S3-S5)

Paramount+ (S6-)
October 22, 2012

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Former

RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular VH1 December 7, 2018
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race VH1 April 24, 2020

Jordan Connor
Vanessa Williams
Alex Newell
Matt Iseman
Dustin Milligan
Hayley Kiyoko

RuPaul's Drag Race Vegas Revue VH1 Friday, August 21, 2020 N/A

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