AJ and the Queen is queer TV at its best

Mix a dash of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, a pinch of To Wong Fu, and a whole lot of fabulousness of legendary drag queen, entertainer, and Emmy-winning super reality TV host RuPaul and you’ve got the fabulous new Netflix series AJ and the Queen, now streaming globally.

Arts Arts and Culture Koelen Andrews

This article was published on January 16th, 2020

A down-on-her-luck drag queen is robbed by a little kid and forced to take them on a glam road trip across America as she picks up the pieces of her broken life? Mix a dash of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, a pinch of To Wong Fu, and a whole lot of fabulousness of legendary drag queen, entertainer, and Emmy-winning super reality TV host RuPaul and you’ve got the fabulous new Netflix series AJ and the Queen, now streaming globally.

RuPaul is just the gay gift that keeps on giving. Drag Race is on three different continents now, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. And neither is RuPaul, having teamed up with legendary television writer Michael Patrick King to bring us kweens even more gag-worthy time in front of the boob tube.

Known for writing on numerous blockbuster television shows like Murphy Brown, Will and Grace, Cybill, and The Comeback, King is probably most known for having written numerous episodes of the hit HBO series Sex and the City, of which he went on to direct the film adaptations. In 2020, RuPaul needs no introduction as one of the single greatest contributors to queer entertainment out there. Drag Queen, pop diva, TV host, performer, and all around bad ass, RuPaul is also an executive producer of AJ and the Queen alongside Michael Patrick King.

RuPaul stars as Ruby Red, a drag queen set to open up her own Queens nightclub until she is robbed of everything she owns by her fuck boy boyfriend. When her 11-year-old neighbor AJ is evicted following their mother’s drug-fueled abandonment, Ruby Red takes newly orphaned AJ along with her on a road trip across the US. Hoping to regain her glory and recoup her loses, Ruby aims for the title of America’s Best Drag Queen, as she deals with the challenges of having a troublesome pre-teen along for the ride.

In every episode, RuPaul as Ruby dons incredible outfits and does a cabaret number. The series features cameos by several massive RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorites including Bianca Del Rio, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Eureka O’Hara, Miss Vanjie, Jinx Monsoon, Katya, Chad Michaels, Kennedy Davenport, Ongina, Latrice Royale, Jujubee, Ginger Minj, Trinity the Tuck, and more. Writers on the show include King, RuPaul, and veteran LGBT actor/ comedian Drew Droege, known for his Chloe Sevigny impersonations.

A hilarious tour around middle America, AJ and the Queen is must-see queer TV at its best. All episodes are now streaming on Netflix.

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  1. Glenn

    I had high hopes for this series, but outside of a few good moments, it is just another showcase for former contestants on the various Drag Race shows, but none of them gets more than a few seconds or a couple of lines of dialogue, just the obligatory appearance flash. By now everyone knows that once you appear on Drag Race, you are automatically a part of the RuPaul empire of tours and appearances, whether you win or are “sent home” on the first episode. No one is ever “sashayed away” to never be seen again or to go back to their normal drag bar, they all are included in the various touring companies that endlessly work the drag bar and show circuit.

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