Yas, Queens

As drag culture continues to enter the mainstream — thanks in part to RuPaul’s Drag Race (9 p.m. Mondays, Logo) — its influence can be seen all around.

click to enlarge 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Season 8 queens
'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Season 8 queens

As drag culture continues to enter the mainstream — thanks in part to RuPaul’s Drag Race (9 p.m. Mondays, Logo) — its influence can be seen all around. From the way we talk (“fierce,” “Yas, queen!”) to women’s makeup trends (hello, contouring) to the popular Jimmy Fallon segment-turned-Spike show Lip Sync Battle, many aspects of pop culture today have borrowed from the elements of the drag community.

RuPaul’s popular competition show is now in its eighth season, with last week’s premiere marking the series’ 100th episode. And there’s more pressure than ever for the show to deliver — to represent a diverse sample of the many types of drag styles, to pay homage to the legacy of drag while offering a fresh approach, but most of all to entertaint us, henny. So far, this season is doing just that. In this week’s episode, the queens do their best triple-threat in a cha-cha dance-off and collegiate a cappella battle. Here are a few queens to watch out for:

Bob the Drag Queen: loud-mouthed New York comedy queen.

Kim Chi: Real-life anime character with crazy makeup skills.Derrick Barry: Vegas Britney Spears impersonator as seen on America’s Got Talent .Acid Betty: Artsy Technicolor Punk “hybrid” queen (blending masculine and feminine).

Naomi Smalls: Naomi Campbell + Biggie Smalls. Supermodel.

WEDNESDAY 09

Broad City (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – Abbi sets out to meet new people while Ilana and Jaime throw a party to raise funds for a hefty extermination bill.

American Crime (Season Finale, 10 p.m., ABC) – Eric agrees to testify in court on Taylor’s behalf, but Taylor wants to avoid a trial and take a plea deal. Sebastian discovers someone else has taken hold of the hacked Leyland information and is releasing it to the public (#hackergothacked). Parents of the students involved in the increasingly complicated case struggle to protect their children.

The Internet Ruined My Life (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., Syfy) – Not sure why this show is on Syfy, but the new series follows up with folks who had unfortunate — and very public — experiences on social media. This week, a woman offended by a joke on The Colbert Report tweets #CancelColbert only to be met with death threats, and some poorly articulated Tweets lead to the detainment and deportation of two British tourists in Los Angeles.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season Finale, 10 p.m., FXX) – The gang opens up to one another as they face certain death.

THURSDAY 10

Baskets (10 p.m., FX) – Chip brings sugar pie to a book club gathering, unaware of diabetic concerns.

FRIDAY 11

Flaked (Series Premiere, Netflix) – New dark comedy from Will Arnett and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. Arnett stars as Chip (popular name!), a recovering alcoholic and an AA leader in the tight-knit community of Venice, Calif., who’s past and bullshitting ways begin to catch up with him.

SATURDAY 12

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Ariana Grande hosts and performs.

SUNDAY 13

The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) – The voice on the other end of the loudspeaker is revealed as the group fights to rescue Carol and Maggie.

Girls (10 p.m., HBO) – Elijah spends more time with

Anderson Cooper

Dill Harcourt; Hannah and Fran clash over teaching styles; Jessa tries to distance herself from Hannah.

MONDAY 14

Better Call Saul (10 p.m., AMC) – Jimmy and Kim struggle with their respective work situations. 


CONTACT JAC KERN: [email protected], @jackern


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