“AJ and the Queen” Not Renewed for Second Season

RuPaul in ‘AJ and the Queen’ (photo courtesy of Netflix)

Bad news for anyone who is waiting for more adventures of Ruby Red, the character played by RuPaul on Netflix’s AJ and the Queen; the drama has been cancelled.  RuPaul tweeted about the show’s cancellation on Friday morning.


The show premiered in January to mixed reviews from critics, and a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ashlie D. Stevens of Salon:  “…while “AJ and the Queen” is definitely an endearing look at the man underneath the wigs — the series as a whole feels a little beneath RuPaul, whose status as a mainstream cultural icon is already decidedly solidified.”

Robyn Bahr of The Hollywood Reporter: “The show’s nostalgia for slapstick, false identities, chase sequences and general “Let’s get out of here!” hijinks may test some viewers’ loyalty to RuPaul, but the narrative gradually evolves into a sensitive exploration of created families, a vital theme in the lives of many people in the LGBTQ community.”

With Netflix giving no details on the viewership of their shows, it’s hard to say what the reason that RuPaul’s comedy-drama wasn’t picked up for a second season.

At the time of writing this, there were no reactions from Ru’s AJ and the Queen co-stars and RuPaul’s tweet has over a thousand replies with mixed feelings.

A hashtag #renewAJandtheQueen has been established on Twitter.

Do you think AJ and the Queen deserved a second season?  Let us know in the comments.

Source: TVLine, Rotten Tomatoes, RuPaul Twitter Page, Salon, The Hollywood Reporter






4 thoughts on ““AJ and the Queen” Not Renewed for Second Season”

  1. Love the show. It got better each week! Fine production team. The show had a lot of heart and plenty of comedy. I was touched by the themes in the story (series). RuPaul was great, of course. Great costumes and locations. Soon, I will watch the whole thing all over again.

  2. Haven’t watched it yet and I might not– a good friend of mine said she couldn’t stand the kid, that if they’d ditched the kid it could’ve been a decent show.

  3. I watched the first episode with the intention to watch the rest, but AJ just kind of ruined it for me. Sad kid in a very sad situation but they made her too painfully unbearable and unlikable. I’m sure she gets better in later episodes, but I just had no desire to give her a chance. RuPaul’s blind room-mate was the highlight of the show for me. If they took the kid out, I’d probably have enjoyed the show much more.


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