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Drag Race (Franchise)


Drag Race is 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 fourteen seasons to date (as of 2022) 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

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Current expansion of the Drag Race franchise

Currently airing sub-franchise
Sub-franchise with an upcoming season
Sub-franchise in development
Sub-franchise with unknown status
Sub-franchise cancelled during development
Sub-franchise no longer in production
Sub-franchise with halted production: not cancelled, but still not developing a new season
Country Name Original
Network
Premiere Judges
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Global
Drag Race vs The World BBC Three (UKvsTW S1)
Crave (CAvsTW S1)
Febuary 1, 2022
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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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Belgium
Drag Race Belgique[3] TBA TBA
  • TBA
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Brazil
Drag Race Brazil[4][5] N/A
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Canada
Canada's Drag Race Crave July 2, 2020
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Chile
The Switch Drag Race[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] Mega October 8, 2015
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France
Drag Race France France.tv Slash[15] June 25, 2022
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Germany
Drag Race Germany[16] N/A
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Italy
Drag Race Italia[17][18][19] Discovery+[19] November 19, 2021[20]
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Netherlands
Drag Race Holland Videoland September 18, 2020
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Philippines
Drag Race Philippines Discovery+[21] August 17, 2022
Drag Race Philippines: Untucked! August 17, 2022 N/A
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Spain
Drag Race España ATRESplayer Premium[22] May 30, 2021
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Sweden
Drag Race Sverige[23][24] Sveriges Television[23] TBA
  • TBA
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Thailand
Drag Race Thailand[25] 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-)
February 2, 2009
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!
(Under the Hood)
Logo TV (S1-6)
YouTube (S7-9)
VH1 (S10-)
February 2, 2009
(Under the Hood)
February 1, 2010
N/A
RuPaul's Drag U[26] Logo TV July 19, 2010
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Logo TV (S1-2)

VH1 (S3-S5)

Paramount+ (S6-)
October 22, 2012
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked! Logo TV (AS1)
VH1 (AS5)
Paramount+ (AS6)
October 22, 2012 N/A
RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular VH1 December 7, 2018
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race VH1 April 24, 2020
RuPaul's Drag Race Vegas Revue VH1 August 21, 2020 N/A

References

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