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How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 online: stream every new episode anywhere

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Racers, start your engines! A new season of Drag Race has arrived, and it’s the rhinestone-encrusted jewel we need in 2021 after an incredibly crusty year. We’re gagging to see the new fabulously talented queens – hailing from New York City to Arkansas – bring their fierce looks to life on the runway. So, shantay on as we explain how you can watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 online, no matter where you are in the world right now.

Mother sure has kept things kept things fresh over the last 12 years, but Drag Race season 13 promises to be…Ru-volutionary! It has already dropped a giant glitter bombshell on contestants, with the premiere featuring head-to-head lip-sync battles in a dramatic twist. 

How to watch Drag Race season 13 online

Hello, hennies! You can watch all-new Drag Race episodes on VH1 each Friday night in the US from January 1, 2021, with episodes airing at 8pm ET/PT, or 7pm CT. Episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked will follow immediately after. Full TV and streaming details are below - and if you’re out of the country, then just grab a sassy VPN to connect to your streaming service back home.

The show also renewed efforts to represent every color gradient on the LGBTQ+ flag. Season 13 will introduce celebrity hairstylist Gottmik, the first ever transgender male participant, while an iconic catchphrase (“Gentlemen, start your engines…”) has received an all-inclusive, gender-fluid overhaul fit for 2021.

And this year’s 13-strong line-up is fiercer than ever. In addition to Gottmik, there’s the award-winning comedy costume queen Tina Burner; Chicagoan ice queen Denali, whose drag incorporates figure skating and acrobatics; Utica Queen, the self-dubbed “Switzerland of Drag” (because she lives “outside Drama Land”), and the “bad and bougie” Kandy Muse, who declared season 13 to be the “renaissance” of Drag Race (although she probably meant “Ru-naissance”).

Want to start 2021 feeling fabulous? Then read our guide below, which explains how to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 online - or alternatively, find out how to watch Drag Race UK, which is also now under way for just its sophomore strut. 

How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race online from outside your country

Gagging to see 13 fierce queens burn the house down? If you happen to be out of the country when the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race airs, then geo-blocks will prevent you from streaming the glorious main stage drama.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution that comes in the form of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). This piece of software changes your IP address, allowing you to access your preferred IPTV service, and stream episodes live or on catch-up, just like you'd do at home.

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Is RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 on Netflix?

Only if you slay in the UK! Or at the very least, have an internet connection based there.

Shortly after they air in the US Friday nights, new Drag Race season 13 episodes will come to Netflix UK every Saturday.

Because of broadcast deals, they won't be similarly be available on Netflix US or Canada, though - it's just Brit-based Netflix subscribers who luck out here. Read on for how to watch Drag Race season 13 online in these countries and more.

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How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 online in the US

Season 13 of Drag Race is the perfect way to start your weekends this year, with new episodes airing every Friday on VH1 at 8pm ET/PT from January 1.

You can also watch live and recently broadcast episodes using VH1’s online platform...but you’ll need your cable provider login details to do so.

For a far cheaper alternative, consider an over-the-top streaming service instead of a traditional cable sub. The cheapest decent option is Sling TV, which gets you VH1 for $35 a month (Sling Blue + Lifestyle Extra). 

For a more fully featured cable replacement service, consider FuboTV. Priced from $59.99 a month for over 100 channels as part of its standard plan (including VH1) - and the best bit is there's a  FREE FuboTV trial on offer so you can check it out for yourself.

Outside of the US? Then simply grab a VPN and follow our guide above to stream RuPaul just like you would at home.

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How to watch Drag Race season 13 online in Canada

Both Crave and OUTtv are serving up new Drag Race realness in 2021. If you’ve got cable, Crave will be airing episodes shortly after the US at 8:35pm E/5.35pm PT every Friday from January 1, while OUTtv will broadcast them in sync with the US at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

If you’ve already cut the cord, however, then you’ll want to look at their in-house streaming alternatives.

Crave: subscribe to Crave for CND$9.99 a month (plus tax) to get your fill of cutting barbs from Ru and squirrel friend Michelle Visage, with new episodes available online every Friday as soon as they've finished on linear TV - so around 9.30pm ET. New subscribers get a 7-day free trial too!

OUTtvGo: full of LGBTQ+ programming, new episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be available to stream shortly after their debut on cable: usually around 9.30pm ET. A subscription is CND$3.99 a month, but you can save money with a $39.99 annual subscription.

Not in Canada right now? Then even residents won’t be able to connect to regionally-specific services like Crave. To avoid missing out on Ru's latest season, download a VPN as per our guide above.

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How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race online in the UK: stream Drag Race season 13 on Netflix

Drag Racers in the UK…set your alarms! Season 13 episodes will drop on Netflix every Saturday from January, just hours after they air in the US - typically around 8am GMT.

Alas, there’s no free trial, but a monthly subscription to Netflix is only £5.99 for their Basic plan. And, if you want those sequins to really sparkle, you can upgrade to get a HD or UHD quality stream.

Not in the UK to watch your Netflix subscription? A VPN will help you digitally return to the UK  so you can watch all the same services and content you would in Blighty - only from anywhere.

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How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 online in Australia 

If you’re an Australian who loves Drag Race, there’s only one streaming platform for you, and it's only somewhat ironically...Stan

Season 13 episodes are available Down Under simultaneous with their US broadcast – so from Saturday, January 2 2021 – with new episodes available every week.

It’s AUS$10 for a monthly subscription, which grants you viewing access to much of the Drag Race franchise, as well as Stan Originals, Hollywood movies and hit TV series. But, before you pay a dollar, you can revel in the glory of the platform’s generous 30-day free trial! Can I get an amen up in here?

Outside of Oz? Simply download a VPN and you’ll be able to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 online just like you would Down Under, wherever you are in the world.

Use WOW Presents Plus to watch RuPaul's Drag Race and more

WOW Present Plus is the self-dubbed "official streamer of all things drag" and comes to us from World of Wonder, the production company behind RuPaul's Drag Race.

As such, it has an impressive catalogue of RuPaul shows - including the latest season 13 episodes - available to stream all over the world including in markets like India, South Africa, the UAE and many other countries. A full list of what's available and where can be found here.

It's a pretty niche offering but if drag shows are your thing, you'll find it also hosts the likes of UNHhhh, Untucked, and Transformations - all for the ultra-affordable price of just $3.99 a month. Best of all, there's a FREE 7-day trial on offer so you can sashay on over and check it out for yourself.

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.