If you are a RuPaul’s Drag Race fan who misses Seasons 4-8, it’s most likely you downloaded RuPaul’s WoW Presents Plus streaming app to watch Drag Race UK, presently, the best iteration of the series available, though by no indicates the only alternative (more on that in another post). However with Drag Race UK having reached its frustrating conclusion, you may be lured to conserve $5 a month by deleting the app until next year. Not so quick, hun!
In case you missed it, there are roughly 4,000 other shows of differing degrees of goodness streaming on the app, starring past Drag Race favorites together with some queens you probably forgot ever existed. And because I have an adult custody arrangement that mandates care of my stunning child Joan Summers every other weekend, along with alternating-year vacations, despite the truth that our relationships is strained since she states I am a self-important pageant mom while I keep that everyone looks nicer in a little bit of lipstick, we have actually passed a number of weeks viewing every series the app uses in icy however companionable silence.
Here are the shows that require your complete attention, a few you can see while arguing by means of email over kid assistance, and those that are unsuitable for any purposes beyond background sound to a Postcards From the Edge-style row.– Emily Alford
Alyssa Raw with Alyssa Edwards
Enjoy All of It: Alyssa Edwards is undoubtedly in the pantheon of tried-and-true Drag Race breakouts. Her personality– on Alyssa’s Secret, her seasons, in other individuals’s videos, on that awfully temporary Netflix program, and now on Alyssa Raw– is just transmittable. I can’t get enough of it, because there really couple of queens that make interesting tv topics. No shade, however the transition from Mickey’s runway to a cyclorama with a camera team or confessionals in a hotel bathroom with violent overhead lighting isn’t simple! It’s not, however Alyssa Edwards managed. So much that Wow Presents Plus chose to give her a reality television show after Netflix canceled her s, which’s ok! I’m just thankful to be intimidated by her presence on television again. -Joan.
Enjoy All of It: Alyssa’s got her little paw in every honeypot on this network, with two devoted programs and looks on nearly every other, but this is my preferred. I watched the easy silliness of Alyssa busting an unlawful U-Turn in traffic to purchase an Easter Bunny piñ ata in a Popeye’s parking lot two times, and I may simply enjoy once again due to the fact that it’s my motherfucking happy place. -Emily.
See All Of It: LEGENDARY DRAG TELEVISION AND HERSTORY! It’s Alyssa Edwards just talking about whatever, and that’s all it requires to be. Stay for her styles, keep at it for the one-liners, but actually, hang in there till her 2- part episode with fellow icon Latrice Royale and the jaw-dropping story she outlines letting a guy eat her ass out. (And the Joan Crawford monologue she sends him out of the home with when he can be found in seconds.) -Joan.
See All Of It: As Alyssa would state, “Begin, now.” Alyssa was produced the extended talking head since she’s got about 4,000 characters in there and not does anything but monologue anyway. -Emily.
All the Queens Men
You Do not Required To: So we’re actually just viewing this zoom call in between the partners of entertainers we like? Why once again? -Emily.
It’s Great: Sure! Great! I get that Wow Presents Plus probably believed 2020 was going to be the year it mattered in the streaming wars, which those strategies were quickly disrupted by an around the world personal pan pizza, but come on! I merely can not view another fucking zoom call. -Joan.
ASMR Queens With Derrick Barry and Nebraska Thunderfuck
You Do not Need To: ASMR makes my skin crawl and there is absolutely nothing in this world I desire less than to experience the sensation of Derrick Barry whispering in my ears. -Joan.
You Do not Required To: I definitely didn’t. -Emily.
Brother’ laska with Alaska Thunderfuck
It’s fine: There’s something calming to me about seeing Alaska beef with her sibling, who definitely appears like a participant on Real life or The Challenge. It’s great! It’s fine. These two are absolutely nothing special to me. -Joan.
Cool Mommy with Jinkx Monsoon
It’s Great: Some people like this bitch, so I’m sure they will be pleased to see her up to those old theatrical shenanigans with her gay homosexual son, whose name I can’t remember. -Joan.
It’s Fine (But I Dream It Were Better): The joke isn’t strong enough to benefit a lot of episodes. I would much choose a sketch comedy show for Jinkx where “Cool Mother” is a recurring bit alongside the other characters I know she’s got concealing because drafty little Grey Gardens attic brain of hers. -Emily.
It’s Great! Listen, I do not have children except for Joan, who break from my head fully formed, 25, and spectacular, like Athena from Zeus. So I have a hard time to comprehend what they desire or delight in because their little voices are grating and the majority of the media intended for them is uninteresting and doesn’t have any swears in it. But this My Little Pony rip-off may simply be close enough to trick a kid left in one’s care, and just as my daddy used to laugh his ass off at Ren and Stimpy jokes I didn’t rather grasp, I feel that my nieces, nephews, or any wayward urchins I record pulling gumdrops off my sweet house, and I might come to better understand one another must we bond over little animation drag queens learning to check out each other from a unicorn RuPaul. -Emily.
Fashion Picture RuView
See All of It: I enjoy to snap at significantly too-tan drag queen Raven’s viewpoints about … almost whatever! However truly though, this is the book successful drag spin-off, and if you’re not enjoying it, you’re already late to the party. -Joan.
It’s Fine: This show has actually been around long prior to it was collected all in one place for the app. The majority of intriguing to me is watching Raven’s tan slowly deepen to the disconcerting jaundice we saw when she appeared on Drag Race UK Season 2, which prompted me to, perhaps shamefully, google “Is Raven white?” (She is.) -Emily.
See All Of It: This series is the opposite side of the Werk the World coin, with each episode following queens you might have forgotten, like Mariah Balenciaga, in addition to queens you definitely think about often, like Alyssa. There’s something heartbreaking about viewing a day in the life of someone hustling to collect every crumb of attention spread about the West Hollywood sidewalk however also humanizing and pyrrhicly lovely. This is a task, and it’s both hard and beautiful to watch the actual grind. -Emily.
See All Of It: Personally, I like depressing drag content, since tv makes the art kind one of glamour while getting rid of the typically tedious backstage components that happen when the video cameras decrease. There are highs like Aja’s come-up, the early days of Gia Gunn after coming out, and Miss Vanjie’s ascendance to famous status. But there are quieter moments too, like Mariah Balenciaga’s episode, in which she reckons with a profession that no longer makes her the type of cash it utilized to, and where exactly she slots into the drag world. A particularly painful scene comes when she should talk with her group about why they can’t manage as much merch that year for Drag Con. Depressing things, but essential, I think.
As an aside, isn’t it “intriguing” that Kandy Muse’s makeup hasn’t altered a lick given that 2018. -Joan.
Gap Chat with Heidi N Closet
It’s Great: It’s honestly exceptionally tough for somebody to sit in front of a cam alone and be fascinating. Heidi N Closet is only reasonably successful at it in her Wow Presents launching. -Joan.
You Don’t Need To: Heidi is my valuable baby baby, and I would fistfight for her honor, which is why I would state skip this meandering, extended talking head if you wish to remain a fan. Heidi simply doesn’t have the frenetic beauty of the Alyssa Edwards range to make the format work, nor does she have the quick-fire wit (or a vibrant buddy) of Trixie and Katya. I viewed this to like it but could not. -Emily.
God Shave the Queens
It’s Great: I find it definitely wild how plain the talent distinction is between season one and season 2 of U.K. Drag Race. However to be reasonable, these brand-new bitches were just figuring it out, and thrust post-Drag Race into a documentary series and national trip, mere weeks after the ending aired, with no real “drag architecture” behind them, and a just very current interest nationally in the art form as it had been televised. Hopefully, when things select back up once again, the season two ladies can movie a brand-new entry in the docu-series, and show these other girls how it’s done. -Joan.
You Might Avoid: This far-too-long series misses out on whatever that’s great about Follow Me and Werk the World, there’s no narrative structure, so I discovered myself desperate for a through-line but rather confused by the assortment of voices that seemed to be demanding my attention simultaneously. Unlike Joan, I loved Season 1 of Drag Race UK and was terribly disappointed when not only did I not get more of that charm and wit, however also didn’t get anything new. -Emily.
Hows Your Head, Hun with Michelle Visage.
See All Of It: Turns this on at your own peril because you’re not leaving the sofa until you have actually relived quarantine in the most enjoyable way possible: With Michelle Visage, her regular, yet funny household, her charmingly candid good friends, and her perfectly rural dark wood cabinets. Ru has been hiding Michelle under a bushel, likely because she’s a far better talk show host than Ru ever was (notification reruns of The RuPaul Show are NOT included at WoW). This program reminds a bit of how rejuvenating The Osbournes remained in the early days of truth TV before we learned they were all racist and horrible and simply thought they were a wacky however loveable family unit. Unlike Sharon O., Michelle is never going to let us down, and post-covid, World of Wonder program toss some genuine money at this series since I can see this being cornerstone shows. -Emily.
View All Of It: Michelle Visage is not-so-secretly much better at hosting television shows than BFF RuPaul. Where the queen comes off wooden nowadays, Visage is bursting with life and energy, and many shockingly, tremendous quantities of popularity over in Londontown. No joke, I in fact screamed with laughter when I realized that the Brits take Strictly Come Dancing more seriously than even their royal fixation– who understood! Mainly, I was captivated with simply how routine Visage’s life is. Her home is regular, her kids are routine, and she lives in the most regular part of Los Angeles: the Valley. Run to the tv and view this immediately! -Joan.
Lem me Choose You Up with TS Madison
Watch All Of It: There’s not another bitch in the world like TS Madison and I live! This lady got herself a tv program driving around drag queens and trans entertainers while consuming McDonalds. I believe that’s renowned! I devoured everything in one sitting. -Joan.
View All Of It: James Corden could never however tries like he can. I might enjoy TS Madison and Bianca yell one-liners into each other’s faces in a McDonald’s drive-through for days. Potentially weeks. -Emily.
Manic Moments With Monique Heart
It’s Fine: This woman is actually attempting her finest and I will provide it to her for that and that alone. -Joan.
M.U.G. with Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls.
Enjoy All Of It: When I discuss masters of the craft, I’m describing Naomi Smalls and Kim Chi, who blow me away each and every episode of their all-too-short-lived makeup program. Their personalities are transmittable, their best-friendship aspirational, and I could not help but be charmed by their goofy antics and truly strong painting skills. Go ladies go! -Joan.
Monet’s Herstory X-Change
View All Of It: I entered this at first hesitant, because these other funny queens just haven’t handled to transition to cam work in addition to other noteworthy dragsters have– ahem, Trixie and Katya– however this was really fun! The American Transformation episode made me cry laughing if only for: “That poem was full of shit, much like the Bible! Comprised facts!” or “The regular hoes are coming! The regular hoes are coming!” -Joan.
It’s Fine: This seems like a diluted Drunk History based on a Wikipedia search, but Monet is funny enough to bring it and the episodes fast. -Emily.
Early morning T&T with The Vivienne and Baga Chipz
You Do not Need To: And I’m asking you not to. This series puts The Vivienne and Baga back into their Snatch Video game personas of Donald Trump and Margaret Thatcher, then sets them as not likely early morning shows hosts. And that’s it. That’s the entire joke. If this were a removal obstacle they would both be lip-sync ing for their fucking lives. -Emily.
Celebration Beast (The Macaulay Culkin One)
It’s Great: It’s definitely a historical movie to the women and gays but likewise, the whole thing just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. God bless, though! -Joan.
Watch All of It (Once Again): The truth that Joan does not like this is most likely the closest I’ll ever get to being a previous high school professional athlete whose kid has asthma. Celebration Monster is Trainspotting for people with taste, and Joan, mommy has a secret she’s been waiting a very long time to tell you: Macaulay Culkin is your genuine father. -Emily.
Celebration Monster (Documentary)
You Don’t Required To: Why abuse yourself with this, when it must be left in the trash bin where it belongs. -Joan.
Genuinely, simply enjoy Joan’s dad offer the performance that assisted develop her. -Emily.
Tea With Tati
It’s Fine: Tatianna …… girl … … -Joan.
UNHhhh with Trixie Mattel and Katya
Enjoy All Of It: I mean, what can I state. You either like these 2 and their outsized effect on the drag world or you hate them. But one thing that can not be said, however, is that UNHhhh is anything less than pure comedy gold. Smoke a blunt, sit on the couch, and fall asleep to the sweet sounds of Trixie’s dolphin call of a laugh, while Katya tells a story about shoving a semen-filled sex doll’s upper body down the garbage chute of her apartment complex. -Joan.
See All Of It (Once Again): If Trixie and Katya hadn’t taught Ru that YouTube chitchat could be monetized we wouldn’t even have WoW streaming. It’s practical to return and see where everything began with all the episodes collected in one location. -Joan.
The Vivienne Takes On Hollywood
You Don’t Required To: The more I watch content including Drag Race UK performances, the more I’m persuaded Ru is actively doing these queens unclean. This show drags in a boring way, not in a drag way, and its efforts at scripted( ish) jokes aren’t uncomfortable enough to be that specific brand name of UK wince humor but they likewise aren’t clever adequate to make sense as a reality TELEVISION parody. I want my English queens to shine and right now they’re simply sort of throbbing like bunions. -Emily.
It’s Fine: I sort of forgot what this had to do with, but I guess it’s good for a laugh if anybody needs reminding simply how puzzling the Drag Race-to- popularity pipeline truly is. -Joan.
Wait, What? With Derrick Barry and Kimora Blac
You Do not Required To: Once Again with the Derrick Barry. Not to provide Kimora an unjust judgement by association, however there has to be literally anyone else but Derrick Barry in the drag-verse to play dumb on video camera. -Joan.
When the Beat Drops
Watch All Of It: I definitely enjoyed this documentary on bucking, j-setting, and Southern dance culture. It has plenty of heart, but also instructive, which is a difficult tone to balance. There’s likewise quite a bit in it about the culture war in the South over clearly femme, queer discussions of art, and white, religious stress and anxiety. Not to mention it has plenty of extraordinary choreography. A bit of everything! -Joan.
Werq the World.
View All Of It: Can’t lie, I was exceptionally charmed by this documentary series about the extremely successful
Werq the World
tour. Each episode charts a various queen’s experiences on the roadway, with some absolute stand-outs, like Kim Chi, Shangela, Naomi Smalls, and Miss Vanjie, whose episode made me in fact fall off the sofa laughing. It’s a harrowing look at the machinery that’s been constructed around RuPaul’s when- little empire, and the truths lots of queens now face having to adapt to a rapidly changing market. It’s often slow, and a tad dismaying, but quickly a success from the extremely first episode. A minimum of in my viewpoint! -Joan.
Enjoy All of It: This series is, to me, the embodiment of what WoW will be able to do once it gets its feet. The setup is so wise– Each episode provides Drag Race enthusiasts another (or numerous) element of queens audiences thought they already knew from their seasons, all at once exposing their soft underbellies and the thick skin they have actually cultivated to make it through a brutal industry. Unlike other series, the narrative structure, which follows a single queen each episode while still taking some time to focus on the relationships between the queens, does not create drama where there is none however takes a detailed take a look at the drama built into such a grueling tour schedule paired with each fan favorite’s grim battle to remain pertinent when fresh queens are popping up all the time. It’s amusing, smart, and compelling without being contrived -Emily.
Exercising Is a Drag
You Don’t Required To: Unless you, like me, have actually simply begun an at-home workout program and are bad at it. In which case, I have truly gotten some practical intel by seeing a personal trainer inform queens whatever they are succeeding and badly in their individual exercises. My pushups were bad, I now know, and I feel bad. -Emily.
Yvie’s Odd School
Watch All of It: Ok, hear me out: I thought I was going to dislike this and then I didn’t. Renowned! Instead of the typical path these queen s take, the ever-polarizing Yvie gives action by action guidelines on how to recreate her most iconic appearances. I was immediately charmed! There’s some growing pains, but I state stay with it. Who knew her jellyfish was made of trash bags! -Joan.
See All of It: Yvie Unusually, while also never ever a favorite of mine regardless of the truth that I acknowledge she may just be unsurpassable in a lip-sync, made her little corner of WoW her own unusual little world. While others appear to simply hope talking at a video camera suffices to create an engaging material treat, Yvie reminds of a drag Mr. Rogers or some other renowned regional tv hero. Each episode sees Yvie learn, attempt, and grow, from crafting a wig of construction paper to discovering aerial balancings, coupled with her berserk little laugh, she’s PeeWee Herman without the chair or Lawrence Fishburn, and I fucking love her now. -Emily.