A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Since it's a competition, players have a strong desire to win and can be intense in their journey to the top, but messages about self-acceptance and having the courage to be true to yourself always prevail.
Positive Role Models
Despite the contestants' sometimes intense behavior, they also display courage and self-acceptance. They're extremely skilled at the art of drag and display creativity in their performances.
Violence & Scariness
A contestant is shown being slapped in the face as part of an acting session.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including references to various sex acts. Contestants are shown dressing provocatively, dancing suggestively, pole dancing, and imitating various sexual positions. They're also shown getting undressed and wearing various devices to enhance their chests and hide their genitalia, but nudity is blurred.
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RuPaul and the contestants use the terms "queen" and "bitch" to describe themselves. Curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The winner of the competition will be featured in product campaigns for NYX Cosmetics and L.A. Eyeworks. Interior Illusions Co. and Absolut Vodka are also show sponsors. The logo for Out of the Closet secondhand store is frequently visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible alcohol consumption (cocktails, mixed drinks). Absolut Vodka is a show sponsor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that RuPaul's Drag Race is a series where drag performers compete for a title, money, and commercial opportunities. It includes lots of sexual innuendo (including references to various sex acts and blurred nudity) and a fair bit of strong language (the term "bitch" is used often, while curses like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped). Over the years, the series has helped popularize drag culture as well as brought many LGBTQ performers into the spotlight, often promoting acceptance and compassion for communities that were once heavily marginalized.
Is It Any Good?
This series combines the fashion design drama of Project Runway with the modeling excitement of America's Next Top Model. It creates an entertainingly voyeuristic glimpse into the performance art world of drag queens. There's plenty of over-the-top stuff, but rather than simply treating drag performers as people to be laughed at and/or scorned, the show also focuses on the hard work and talent that goes into drag performances.
RuPaul's Drag Raceisn't for everyone, and there's enough strong language, sexual innuendo, and over-the-top and behavior to make it an iffy choice for younger viewers. But it does offer some positive messages about overcoming adversity and about self-acceptance. In the end, the series' goal is to celebrate people who are willing to follow their passions and be true to themselves.
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