Earlier this year, I was won over by the low-key sincerity of The Great British Baking Show, and while RuPaul's Drag Race is punchier and chock-full of sassy one-liners, there's a similar undercurrent of positivity here that elevates the proceedings. In the season 9 premiere, no one was sent home, and all of the contestants were ecstatic when it was revealed that Lady Gaga had arrived as a guest judge. Even the contestant who was throwing the most shade at everyone else broke into tears upon seeing her and thanked her for being a source of inspiration when he was in a rough place. Drag means a lot to everyone here and they want to do right by it.
Personally speaking, I'm more interested in, say, baking than I am in drag, and I probably won't become a regular viewer of RuPaul's Drag Race, but this show is a lot of fun and I'm encouraged by how successful it has become. It wasn't too long ago that television network executives were whispering "we can't do drag," and while the show is not a show about political and social issues, its continued presence on television helps to include people that are normally left out. Also, there are some great one liners. Really great one liners.