TV: AJ and the Queen – Season 1

Premiered: January 10, 2020

On: Netflix

Starring: RuPaul, Izzy G., Michael-Leon Wooley, Josh Segarra, Katerina Tannenbaum, Tia Carrere, Matthew Wilkas, Victoria Parker, Jinkx Monsoon, Katya Zamolodchikova, Mario Cantone, Marc Singer, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Cyril Creighton, Chad Michaels, Tim Bagley, Laura Bell Bundy, Bridget Everett, Natasha Leggero, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Latrice Royale, Mo Heart, Kevin Daniels, John Rubinstein, Mary Kay Place, Jane Krakowski, Ginger Minj, Trinity the Tuck, Jujubee, Patrick Bristow, Jason Michael Snow, Lorraine Bracco, Mayhem Miller, Valentina, Eureka O’Hara, Bianca Del Rio, Alexis Mateo, Manila Luzon, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Jaymes Mansfield, Ongina, Kennedy Davenport, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Jade Jolie & Pandora Boxx

A story about two misfits coming together in their time of need, AJ and the Queen can be corny and unrealistic but that can’t outshine the heart at its core.

Robert (RuPaul) – a.k.a. Ruby Red – plans on opening her own drag nightclub with her boyfriend and business partner Hector (Josh Segarra). After Hector scams Robert out of $100,000, Robert goes on a drag tour across the US. AJ (Izzy G.) stows away in Robert’s RV to be taken to her Pop Pop in Texas.

The show often deals with how drag performers and LGBTQ+ individuals are seen throughout America, and RuPaul has many great moments changing perspectives. With a ton of Drag Race queens in tow, it takes the most heartfelt moments of the competition series into a scripted format.

Final say: Not quite royalty but not far off. ★★★☆☆

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