Feeling overwhelmed by the number of RuPaul’s Drag Race recap podcasts out there?
Not sure which one to commit to?
Well, you’ve come to the right place – I listened so that you don’t have to!
To celebrate my recent episode with Pandora Boxx I’ve put together my recommendations of the best RuPaul’s Drag Race recap podcasts out there in internet land.
Let’s get to it!
Best if you want: an insider perspective
The mother of all Drag Race recap podcasts!
Past contestants Willam (Season 4) and Alaska (Season 5 and All Stars 2) recap both current and older (or classique, as they would say) episodes of the show.
With other contestants from the series featured as special guests, the show gives a real insider perspective of the goings-on of the show.
But the highlight of any episode is when Willam goes off-script and Alaska tries to remain impartial and professional (presumably so she doesn’t piss off Mama Ru). This leads to some deliciously awkward moments.
Best if you want: more than just Drag Race recaps
Check out the tagline: They’re experts on some things. But mostly they’re gay.
Yes, hosts Zacary Landolt and Arron Holman review recent episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race on their show, but they also cast a queer eye over old films such as Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead and Clueless.
Best if you want: gossip about contestants’ post-Drag Race lives
Three friends – Seth, Stony, and Jamal – catch up to recap recent episodes of Drag Race.
But before they break down the show and their reactions they take a look at what’s happening in the personal and professional lives of past contestants, sharing their insights about twitter-beefs and epic performances.
“Just be a slut, girl! Be the blonde slut you know you are!”
Pandora Boxx, giving advice to her younger self, on Lost Spaces Podcast
Best if you want: a historian’s keen eye
Though it no longer boasts Nicole Byer as a co-host (sob!) the show carries on with self-proclaimed Drag Race historian Mano Agapion and a bevy of special guests.
Expect a number of references to iconic lines and scenes from past seasons interspersed with insightful critiques of recent episodes.
Best if you want: runway look references
This show is hosted by Paulo and Dr. Tom (an actual psychiatrist, if that’s your thing!), two friends based in the UK.
As well as the expected opinions on recent episodes, the show gives listeners insight in to the fashion references drawn upon by the queens for their challenge and runway looks.
Best if you want: an Australian perspective
Launched to coincide with Drag Race Down Under Season 1 (remember how excited we were for that?), the show has carried on, reviewing subsequent seasons of international versions.
The show brings a comforting Australian frankness to proceedings, with host Reese Williams and an array of guests not afraid to honestly critique the show’s shenanigans.
Best if you want: wig appreciation
What they don’t know about wigs isn’t worth knowing!
Luki and Barney from London-based Truffle Pig Wigs make you feel like you’re hanging out with a pair of mates who enjoy slagging off the less enjoyable aspects of the show.
“First things first – are you ready for the politics of drag?”
Mrs, Kasha Davis, reflecting on the advice she was given when she first started getting in to drag
Best if you want: sisterly squabbling
Part of the Sibling Rivalry podcast feed, previous Drag Race winners Bob the Drag Queen (Season 8) and Monet X-Change (Season 10 and All Stars 4) review episodes of all franchises (though co-hosting duties have been shared with other queens across recent series).
The interesting thing about their dynamic (other than the big sister/little sister vibes they’re giving off) is that Bob is clearly a fan or the show and REALLY invested, whilst Monet is only kinda sorta interested. It makes for some interesting conversations (and squabbles) as seasons unfold.
Best if you want: an Irish perspective
So much American and British representation and no Irish perspectives? Well, we’re about to fix that.
They may not have their own version of the franchise (yet!), but Irish fans still have a lot of opinions, and hosts James and Cian (as well as various guest co-hosts) share their thoughts and reflections after each episode.
Best if you want: rotating roster of hosts
Perhaps the most unimaginatively titled podcast of all time (hey, it gets the job done!), this podcast has a number of different hosts covering off different versions of the franchise.
They’re all based in the country whose version of the show they’re talking about, so listeners are luckily spared from outsider hosts who don’t always get the cultural references lampooned by the show.
“I do remember a time when drag was looked down upon…”
Honey Mahogany, remembering her early days in drag