AJ and the Queen

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AJ and the Queen
AJ and the Queen (poster).jpg
Promotional poster for the series.
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • RuPaul Charles
  • Michael Patrick King
Running time47–59 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10) –
present

AJ and the Queen is an American comedy television series, created by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King. It premiered on Netflix on January 10, 2020.

Premise[edit]

AJ and the Queen follows "Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 10-year-old stowaway. As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Additionally, former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Mayhem Miller, Valentina, Eureka O'Hara, Bianca Del Rio, Alexis Mateo, Manila Luzon, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Jaymes Mansfield, Ongina, Kennedy Davenport, Mariah Balenciaga, Jade Jolie, and Pandora Boxx make cameos, appearing as unnamed queens.[3]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
1"New York City"Michael Patrick KingRuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick KingJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
2"Pittsburgh"Michael Patrick KingRuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick KingJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
3"Columbus"Bobcat GoldthwaitJhoni MarchinkoJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
4"Louisville"Adam DavidsonRuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick KingJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
5"Mt. Juliet"Michael Patrick KingEric Reyes LooJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
6"Little Rock"Adam ShankmanStephen SorokaJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
7"Jackson"Anne FletcherDrew DroegeJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
8"Baton Rouge"Michael SpillerTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
9"Fort Worth"Dennie GordonMichael Patrick King & Jhoni MarchinkoJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
10"Dallas"Michael Patrick KingRuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick KingJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On May 11, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series is set to be written and executive produced by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King both of whom also created the show. Production companies involved with the series include MPK Productions and Warner Bros. Television.[1][5][6][7] On July 17, 2018, a casting breakdown released to talent agencies was published online. It revealed the names of four new characters, Louis, Hector/Damian Sanchez, Lady Danger, and Brianna, and included character descriptions as well.[8]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that RuPaul would star in the series.[1] On September 20, 2018, it was announced that Josh Segarra, Michael-Leon Wooley, Katerina Tannenbaum, and Tia Carrere had been cast in starring roles.[9] On October 16, 2018, it was reported that Izzy G. had been cast in the lead role of the titular AJ.[10] On January 18, 2019, it was announced that Matthew Wilkas had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[11]

Reception[edit]

The show holds a 54% critical and 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, a 7.7/10 on IMDb, and a 96% Google user rating indicating mixed reviews.[12]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (May 11, 2018). "RuPaul Comedy Series 'AJ And The Queen' Set On Netflix From Michael Patrick King". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  2. ^ AJ and the Queen (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-01-16
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Nolfi, Joey (December 3, 2019). "RuPaul brings 22 Drag Race queens to costar on AJ and the Queen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "AJ and the Queen – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Daw, Stephen (May 11, 2018). "RuPaul Lands Starring Role in New Netflix Original Series 'AJ and the Queen'". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Nolfi, Joey (May 11, 2018). "RuPaul to star in Netflix comedy 'AJ and the Queen'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (May 11, 2018). "RuPaul Comedy Series From Michael Patrick King Set at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  8. ^ McHenry, Jackson; Fernandez, Maria Elena (July 17, 2018). "Here's a Casting Breakdown for RuPaul's Netflix Show AJ and the Queen". Vulture. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 21, 2018). "Netflix Rounds Out Cast for RuPaul Comedy 'AJ and the Queen'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (October 16, 2018). "'AJ And The Queen': Izzy G To Star As AJ In RuPaul's Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (January 18, 2019). "'AJ And The Queen' Casts Matthew Wilkas; Christopher Naoki Lee Joins 'The Terror'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  12. ^ AJ and the Queen: Season 1, retrieved 2020-01-16

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