Over the past several years, television and web series from around the world have tried to piggyback off of the popularity of RuPaul‘s Drag Race. Very few of those shows, if any, have had a high enough production quality to actually appeal to a broad audience.
So needless to say, when we received a screener of the first episode of Fusion TV’s new drag queen reality series, Shade: Queens of NYC, we were skeptical that it would be able to accomplish what so many others have failed to.
We decided to give the show a chance anyways, in hopes that it would prove us wrong… and boy are we glad we did!
If you enjoy watching reality television, you will enjoy Shade. The show is pretty much the drag queen version of The Real Housewives, but instead of following stuck up, pretentious women living in a wealth bubble, it features down-to-earth, relatable gay men living in the concrete jungle of NYC.
In addition to a bit of drama (and throwing shade, of course), Shade feels like a perfectly-timed series that will help showcase the stories of struggle the LGBTQ community faces in the hands of the current White House administration.
Below, meet the eight queens the show will follow, and tune into the premiere episode of Shade: Queens of NYC tonight, Thursday, October 5 at 10:30PM on Fusion TV.
Jasmine Rice LaBeija
Marti Gould Cummings