RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 13 (2021)


Season 13
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Air date: Jan 1, 2021

In an epic twist, RuPaul makes all 13 contestants lip sync for their lives as soon as they enter the competition. Some will stay, while some will sashay away.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2021

Queens form a pop group to write lyrics and perform choreography to a new version of RuPaul's song Condragulations. Choreographer Jamal Sims (Disney's Aladdin) guest judges.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2021

The previously chopped queens return to walk in a fashion runway show, then perform a choreographed number to RuPaul's song "Phenomenon," and comedian Nicole Byer guest judges.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2021

The queens are challenged to overact in cheesy RuPaulmark holiday movies. Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) guest judges.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2021

Tensions rise as queens put their design skills to the test in a pageant of bag-inspired couture and showcase three bag-themed looks. Comedian and host Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) guest judges.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2021

The queens funk it up in a disco-dancing documentary, complete with 70s fashions. Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) guest judges.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2021

The queens flex their improv skills in a reboot of the salacious talk show Bossy Rossy, hosted by Ross Mathews. LGBT activist TS Madison guest judges.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2021

It's time for the Rusical! Queens must record lyrics and learn choreography as they perform in a tale on social media. Choreographer Jamal Sims guest judges; Anne Hathaway makes a virtual appearance in the workroom.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2021

In the face of a global pandemic that shutdown film and TV production around the world, the resilience and ingenuity of the Season 13 queens made herstory as this series was one of the very first productions to be shot in the age of COVID-19.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2021

The queens impersonate celebrities in the legendary Snatch Game. LGBT activist TS Madison guest judges.

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Critic Reviews for RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Can this cast deliver at the drop of a hat? The queens are forced to hit the ground running, making for an undoubtedly stressful, but exciting start to the season.

Jan 5, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

We can understand why some fans might not love how dragged out this opening format is, but we can't say we weren't entertained. These queens feel like they have some potential.

Feb 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 13

  • 2d ago
    The weakest season of Drag Race so far. Interestingly, it must have been produced close to the 2nd season of Drag Race UK, which turned out much bettah! Only for the die-hard fans of the series, otherwise stick with the UK version this year.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    This is by far the worst season, so far. It doesn't have the same enjoyable vibe as the past seasons, it felt like it's striving for political correctness, and it resorts to favoritism in order to gain more views and ratings. This season has been feeling drawn out and I can't wait for it to be over. The political correctness causes inconsistent and unfair judging. For example, sporting a boy body has been criticized in the past as a bad thing. However, Gottmik sports a boy body all the time, and doesn't get criticized for it simply because she's a transgender man (woman to man). While, other queens like Joey Jay elects to not wear wigs and gets beaten for it. But got eliminated anyway despite listening to the judges' critiques and showing improvement. Most of the queens in this show getting favoritism are very one-note, while the queens who are actually talented are given the cold shoulder. The queen who got saved by the "double shantays" was a clear sign of favoritism as she had little to no range and talent compared to the other queens, but her campy personality stirred the pot. This just comes to show that the show is not about talent anymore. Finally, the whole "Porkchop" concept was a bad decision. Initially, it appeared as though the contestants were competing in two separate groups due to the on-going pandemic. However, after seeing the groups combine without a single elimination, it felt like the whole "Porkchop" idea and the first two episodes were a waste of time. Hopefully, the producers and the other head honchos will drive this show in a different and better direction in future seasons.
  • Feb 16, 2021
    Hugely disappointing from the start to the finish (if I can make it that far). The season has lacked any real heart that makes the franchise so unique. Obnoxious and bullying behaviour can be found from the start and it doesn't get any better. All topped off with the awful idea of running it alongside the invigorating UK season, note to the production company don't run your tired show alongside your new fresh take on the format. Hopefully season 14 can learn from the mistakes of unlucky 13.
  • Feb 05, 2021
    The twist at the beginning felt so contrived - there was no good reason to pretend to eliminate half of the contestants, and it came across as a sad and desperate attempt to shake things up. The challenges thus far are rather pathetic, and were executed with the aplomb of a soggy leaf of lettuce. Of particular note was the performance to "Condragulation", in which the contestants couldn't have danced to save their lives. The choreography was depressingly amateur, and lacked the pizzazz one expects from Drag Race. Many of the contestants come across as insufferably vapid, one-dimensional, and those that aren't simply boring are utterly infuriating, which is exacerbated by how the show feels even more forced and scripted. Past seasons had absolutely iconic, intelligent, and fierce contestants, but the contestants of this season - save for a small handful - are irritatingly dull and/or absurdly narcissistic, self-obessed, and obnoxious. One of the few positives is Gottmik, who is one of the few contestants that are genuinely interesting - not just because he is trans (which, in itself, is incredible, considering RuPaul's past comments), but because he is an incredible artist. Alas, even his beautiful makeup can't save this show from slipping further and further into vacuous disappointment. I would highly recommend watching the UK version of Drag Race instead, even though the fact that RuPaul still acts like using a terrible Cockney accent is the pinnacle of comedy makes me die a little more each time. Life is too short to willingly subject yourself to mediocrity - treat yourself to Drag Race UK Season 2.
  • Jan 03, 2021
    After watching the 13th season premiere episode I'm super excited to see what happens next! Great cast, crazing twists, and it isn't a reality show with out a little drama! Can wait to keep up and see how this season plays out.
  • Jan 02, 2021
    I find myself praying for the days to hurry past just to get to a new season. As everyone is aware it has been a hard time this year for us all but to me watching the show brings comfort and peace. These ladies have had real struggles whether it be being judged in high school or bullied because of their choices or addictions to alcohol and drugs but yet they still find humor & comedy and beauty in life & that they do to make other people smile and laugh. The carefree attitudes on stage mixed with realness behind the makeup makes me feel like everything isn't so serious all the time. I thank each and every queen that has graced the show. You're making my days a little bit brighter and a little bit easier. To know what theyve overcome and still come out the other end looking fabulous and smiling and really really wanting to entertain I am gagged. l owe them a big thank youand Rupaul an enormous air hug for bringing this talent a platform & bring deserving queens to the forefront.

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