TV: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Season 5

Premiered: January 28, 2013

On: Logo TV

Starring: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice, Jason Carter, Shawn Morales, Ronnie Kroell, Jinkx Monsoon, Alaska Thunderfuck, Roxxxy Andrews, Detox, Coco Montrese, Alyssa Edwards, Ivy Winters, Jade Jolie, Lineysha Sparx, Honey Mahogany, Vivienne Pinay, Monica Beverly Hillz, Serena ChaCha & Penny Tration

Guest Judges: Camille Grammer, Mike Ruiz, Kristen Johnston, Juliette Lewis, Coco Austin, Paulina Porizkova, Chaz Bono, Travis Wall, Julie Brown, Downtown Julie Brown, La Toya Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Leslie Jordan, Jeffrey Moran, Aubrey O’Day, Joan Van Ark, María Conchita Alonso, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Clinton Kelly, George Kotsiopoulos, Marg Helgenberger & Bob Mackie

This must be one of the most “What the F—?!” seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race due to the intensity of drama between contestants, which ends up making it the best season thus far.

Drama starts when Coco Montrese walks into the workroom and sees Alyssa Edwards already there. Montrese famously took the Miss Gay America 2010 crown from the dethroned Edwards. Their beef lasts all season and Montrese nearly wrecks herself trying to outdo Edwards.

Then there’s the clique of “Rolaskatox,” consisting of Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska Thunderfuck and Detox. Andrews and Detox more than Thunderfuck act like they’re above other contestants and aim to take down sleeper-hit (pun-intended) Jinkx Monsoon.

With so much to keep up with over the season, there’s barely a moment to relax and that’s what we want in the show.

Final say: Quite a race. ★★★★★

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