(Tammie Brown) — Revisiting 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 1, The 'Lost Season'.
OG Queens on how the show has (and hasn't) changed, a decade later.
There's something quite antique about revisiting RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 a decade after the show's premiere. These days a bonafide cultural phenomenon that the zeitgeist is often scrambling to catch up to, its earliest episodes often feel like an entirely different show. Take, for instance, the show's early reviews. “Most reality contests… pump up backstage rivalries and campy hissing matches,” wrote the New York Times in their 2009 review. “Drag Race however, is strangely benign and friendly. Everybody postures and vamps for the camera, but behind the scenes the competitors offer only pro forma cattiness. Melodrama is for show.”