‘Super Drags’ | Netflix Original Series Review

November 9, 2018
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Vibrant and colourful, Super Drags is a pointed critique of the ultra-Conservative right with plenty of dick jokes thrown in for good measure.

Belt Buckle Bay is a town so conservative, so behind the times, that it still boasts a Blockbuster Video and needs to be rescued from its ultra-right conservative preacher and an arch villain Drag Queen intent on stealing everyone’s glitter by a group of superheroes; a team that is not just super, but fabulous too. If you were wondering what RuPaul’s Drag Race crossed with The PowerPuff Girls would look like then you have come to the right place.

Super Drags is the latest adult animated comedy (so adult that it opens with a disclaimer message) from Netflix and follows a group of super drag queens who band together to form the Super Drags, a superhero team whose mission is to protect the special life force possessed by members of the LGBTQ+ community. This is a show of high fashion and low brow; a celebration of drag and gay culture. Super Drags is colourful, snappy and very self-reflexive. No doubt it will provoke some form of backlash from the conservative right (in fact it’s already subject to a petition by the Christian Film and Television Commission) but it is lots of fun, with a sharp script and a great hit-rate of visual gags.

Super Drags has a kinetic animation style that recalls the kids’ animated TV show Fresh Beat Band of Spies. This cartoon is, however, very much not for kids. It is vibrant, well-directed and hugely entertaining, though. This cartoon could be described as a satire, tackling a range of issues from Christian fundamentalism, gay conversion therapy, body image and of course gay discrimination. Despite engaging in some pretty weighty themes it has a liberal sprinkling of dick jokes and never takes itself too seriously.

As a heterosexual man, it is important to acknowledge that I am not a core part of this cartoon’s intended demographic so I am not the best person to discuss how the show represents gay and drag culture. There is likely a much more nuanced dissection of where this fits within the media as an expression of the LGBTQ+ community to be written about this, but I personally found this cartoon to be good, silly fun. It takes on some pretty serious issues and frames them with such a clear sense of fun that it is impossible not to have a good time with the Super Drags.

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7 thoughts on “‘Super Drags’ | Netflix Original Series Review

  • November 10, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Soooooooooooooooooo don’t like it??????Boring

  • November 11, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Horrible show. It feels like it was written by some cis/het man who’s seen one episode of RPDR and thought it would be funny to make a cartoon about it. As a huge drag fan I was disappointed by the lowkey bigoted subject matter and I have no clue how they got actual queens to voice for them.

  • November 13, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I am a gay men and this show pretty Much confirms all the anti gay people preconcieved ideas of what Some of them think it is to be gay.

    Even I would be scared of being gay if this is what it is.

    I love humor and can take the occasional camp gay but this is far from humor and feels discrimanatory.

    • November 13, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      It f*****g literally starts with one of them using a condom as a force field and the other letting a murderous terrorist go because he was cute, but not before sexually assaulting his unconscious body.

      This author should have his strongest friends beat some sympathy into him so he doesn’t try to normalize such blatant homo/transphobia.

  • November 13, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I’m astonished anyone would even attempt to make a positive spin on this. This s**t show had to be the most transphobic, homophobic schlock I’ve ever seen. Idgaf if Brazil made it (still love you, Brazil, but what the God); equating being trans with being IMPOSSIBLY, INCONCEIVABLY fey and hypersexual just kicked the whole culture in the indescriminate genitals, knocking it back to ‘Go’.

    Im not even gay or trans; I’m just some average straight guy whose jaw hit the floor at how unapologetically offensive it is.

  • November 18, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Not sure why the author thinks this show is even good, much less progressive. I couldn’t get past the first 5 minutes of this show. It was super homophobic, transphobic, and full of shitty cringe inducing jokes that weren’t even a tiny bit funny. It doesn’t surprise me that Brazil would churn this crap out but why any Americans think this is progressive (except for edgelords who use words like “libtard” and “cuck” unironically) is beyond me. It’s like they took the worst jokes from Family Guy and every poorly formulated kid’s show that insults your intelligence and combined it with what Ted Cruz thinks gay culture is like.

    -30/10 Would go back in time and break physics just to stop myself from watching.

  • November 27, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    This show was about making fun ios stereotypes and I gotta say… the politivcal correctness in the american society is hitting horrendous levels. So we can’t make fun of stereotypes anymore? We, Brailians, like to deal with our problems making fun and with humor. That’s how we are. Gays, heteros, men or women. If you can’t proceed because you’re offended then it’s not for you. They are losing their tolerance and becoming silly and bitter queens. The show has many serious moments and when s**t gets serious, they show doesn’t fail in passing the correct message. I do agree with the tiring dicks that constantly appears, this joke gets tiresome rapidly.

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