RuPaul’s Drag Race has been strutting its stuff on our screens since its debut back in 2009, and it’s safe to say that the show has seen its fair share of seasons. With over forty competitive seasons under its fabulous belt, it’s not just about having done it all; it’s about serving up something extraordinary! This drag reality competition has truly taken the world by storm, providing a dazzling stage for talented performers worldwide and captivating an ever-growing and passionate fan base. To truly stand out in this glamorous lineup of seasons, you better bring your fiercest game!
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Now, what does it take to make a Drag Race season truly shine? Well, darling, you need queens who are more than just contestants – they’re icons who leave an indelible mark on your heart long after the final lip-sync. You need catchphrases that are so snappy, you can’t help but sashay away repeating them in everyday life. Of course, iconic runway looks are an absolute must, and don’t even get us started on the Snatch Game – it better be unforgettable for all the right reasons! We live for fun challenges that make us gag, and while a bit of shade and drama can be thrilling, there’s nothing quite like seeing queens lift each other up, transforming shade into sisterhood. In the world of Drag Race, there are some seasons that truly serve perfection in every category – they’re the definition of ‘Tens, tens, tens across the board!’
10.‘Holland’ Season 1 (2020)
The debut season of Drag Race Holland introduced us to a lineup of queens who were truly world-class competitors, and they didn’t hold back when it came to their runway looks. Envy Peru and Janey Jacké consistently delivered jaw-dropping and polished ensembles that would make even the fiercest queens from across the globe gag. But let’s not forget Sederginne’s iconic Marie Antoinette look, which was a true high-camp moment. Her hooped skirt revealing shelves of cakes was a delicious twist that will go down in Drag Race herstory.
Now, these Dutch queens weren’t just about serving looks; they had the whole package. They showed off their comedic talents in a workout video challenge, leaving us in stitches, and their Snatch Game was on point. ChelseaBoy’s portrayal of Joe Exotic was nothing short of impeccable. While the season may have been a bit shorter than the American format, the Dutch queens proved that they could pack a punch, delivering one of the best Drag Race seasons we’ve ever seen!
9.Season 3 (2011)
While season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race may have had a few moments that felt somewhat out of place, given the evolving format of the show, it remains one of the most memorable seasons. You can’t help but notice how some of the queens entered the Werk Room with a hint of hesitation, which is quite the departure from the confidence they would go on to exude. Nevertheless, season three stands out for its incredible fashion moments and a roster of queens who truly left their mark.
This season truly put the queens to the test with not one, not two, but four design challenges that pushed their creativity to the limit. Raja, in particular, delivered a slew of iconic looks that are still talked about today. And let’s not forget the indelible impressions left by queens like Yara Sofia, Shangela, and Manila Luzon, who continue to hold special places in the hearts and minds of fans. Season three also delivered an important lesson: drag is an art form, not a contact sport, a lesson learned the hard way during a shocking interference in a lip sync showdown.
8.‘España’ Season 2 (2022)
When it comes to talent, this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race truly took the extravaganza to a whole new level. We’re talking about an opera-singing queen, a mesmerizing duet involving a puppet sidekick, and a jaw-dropping moment when a performer gracefully plunged into the splits from a height that looked nothing short of painful. These queens left no doubt that they were here to conquer the stage.
Onyx graced the runway with a stunning array of detailed and extravagant looks, from a captivating nude-effect angel to a larger-than-life insect ensemble. Drag Sethlas? Flawless makeup and heels that defied gravity. Juriji? Bold, empowering looks that pushed the boundaries of fashion and exuded ultra-feminine vibes. It’s safe to say that this cast of exceptionally talented queens delivered pure excitement week after week.
7.Season 10 (2018)
When we talk about Season ten of RuPaul’s Drag Race, two queens that instantly come to mind are Miz Cracker and Monét. Miz Cracker graced the stage with her memorable presence, while Monét gave fans a redemption story that was oh-so-satisfying.
Throughout the season, Aquaria consistently delivered superior looks that left fans in awe. And let’s not forget her sickening Snatch Game portrayal as Melania Trump – a true standout moment. But what really set this season apart was a delightful throwback episode that took the franchise back to its roots. The queens were challenged to create jaw-dropping looks using unconventional materials in the classic Drag on a Dime challenge. This iconic challenge hadn’t been seen since season three, and let me tell you, the creativity that unfolded was nothing short of spectacular.
6.‘UK’ Season 2 (2021)
Season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was a unique experience as it was filmed during the turbulent times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The production had to hit pause for several months, and when the contestants returned, you could sense the emotional weight they carried. It was a stark reminder of how lockdowns affected everyone. What emerged from this adversity was a display of strength and resilience that resonated with viewers, making the second half of the season feel remarkably different.
The season introduced a diverse group of queens representing different parts of the UK, including Wales, Great Britain, and Scotland. Among them, we had comedy queens, look queens, and fabulous dancers. And let’s not forget the unforgettable anthem “UK Hun,” which is undoubtedly one of the franchise’s best songs. The formation of the contestant super group, The United King Dolls, was a highlight, and they even went on a global tour, achieving tremendous success. And who could ever forget the iconic Snatch Game portrayal of Katie Price, brought to life by the unforgettable Bimini Bon Boulash?
5.‘All Stars’ Season 2 (2016)
All Stars 2 brought together a roster of fan-favorite queens, including the likes of Katya, Ginger Minj, and several memorable contestants from season five. It was a royal reunion that fans had eagerly anticipated. The season didn’t disappoint, delivering the kind of personalities and drama viewers had been craving. Notably, it featured the return of Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese, reigniting their long-standing rivalry. Moreover, the once-toxic clique from season five, RoLaskaTox, witnessed a major and much-needed shift in power dynamics.
This season introduced a game-changing format, where the queens themselves had the power to eliminate one another. This twist added a layer of vendettas and alliances that played out in thrilling ways. Alaska’s unforgettable Snatch Game performance as Mae West became an instant classic. And let’s not forget the final song featuring the top four queens, which gifted us with both the best (“But your Dad just called me Katya”) and the… well, let’s say, most memorable (“I’m here to make it clear, I know you love me baby, that’s why you brought me here”) lyrics of any RuPaul song.
4.Season 12 (2020)
Season twelve of RuPaul’s Drag Race was a ray of light during a challenging time when the world was grappling with lockdowns and losses. It served as both a form of escapism and a source of heartfelt connection, making it more cherished than ever.
One of the standout moments was Jackie Cox’s runway look featuring a beautiful hijab, which moved guest judge Jeff Goldblum to tears. Gigi Goode and Jaida Essence Hall consistently wowed fans with their runway presentations, building anticipation for what they would bring each week. Gigi’s daring choice to portray Maria the Robot in Snatch Game paid off brilliantly, delivering laugh-out-loud moments. And who could forget the unforgettable catchphrases like “Look over there!” and the endearing “Soft and supple” from the ever-likable Heidi N’ Closet? Crystal Methyd’s fantastical fashions also left a lasting impression, making this season truly special.
3.‘All Stars’ Season 7 (2022)
When it comes to standout performances and jaw-dropping looks, it’s nearly impossible to top All Stars 7. This season, featuring all previous winners, set a new standard not only for RuPaul’s Drag Race but for reality competition shows in general. The revamped format encouraged the queens to support each other in a refreshing way; instead of throwing competitors under the bus, fans had the privilege of watching all queens shine until the very end. There was a remarkable sense of camaraderie in the competition, with the queens fearlessly showcasing the full range of their talents.
The Snatch Game, a beloved Drag Race tradition, reached new heights thanks to Jinkx Monsoon. Her portrayal of Judy Garland was nothing short of legendary and a testament to how her skills had evolved since her 2013 win. But that’s not all; the season delivered uproarious performances in challenges like the comedy roast and graduation speech. A special shout-out goes to Trinity the Tuck, whose Snatch Game portrayals of Lucifer and Leslie Jordan were hilariously wicked.
2.Season 5 (2013)
In season five, the uniquely quirky Jinkx Monsoon faced some fierce bullying but emerged as an inspirational figure, famously coining the catchphrase “water off a duck’s back.” Her spot-on Snatch Game portrayal of Little Edie was a masterclass, and she ultimately prevailed against one of the most notorious trios in reality TV history: RoLaskaTox.
This season also introduced an unexpected and beloved fifteenth queen in the form of Lil’ Poundcake, making the entire cast a formidable lineup. The season featured an incredible lip sync showdown set to “Malambo No. 1,” pageant drama between Coco Montrese and Alyssa Edwards (complete with unforgettable burns about the color orange), and a triumphant underdog story that solidified season five as absolutely must-watch television.
1.Season 6 (2014)
Some of the runway looks from season six, widely regarded as the best season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, have left an indelible mark on the minds of RPDR fans. Who could forget Courtney Act’s stunning wings, Milk’s daring beard, and of course, the unforgettable Ornacia perched atop Vivacious’ entrance ensemble? The season also delivered an unexpected acting challenge that had its moments of brilliance, with Darienne Lake’s standout performance as a disembodied head and Vivacious offering a peculiar take on the same role that has become iconic in its own quirky way.
When it comes to the queens of season six, they’ve left a lasting legacy within the franchise. Bianca Del Rio, in particular, stands out as arguably the funniest queen to ever grace the Werk Room. Her sharp-tongued sass and razor-sharp wit made every episode a comedic delight, essentially becoming the unofficial narrator of the season. And let’s not forget the unforgettable Snatch Game featuring Bianca’s Judge Judy, BenDeLaCreme’s pitch-perfect Maggie Smith, and Adore Delano’s iconic Anna Nicole Smith. With its share of off-runway drama and the essential companion series Untucked, season six remains an unparalleled gem for both longtime fans and those tuning in for the first time.