We're Here

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We're Here
GenreReality television
Created by
  • Stephen Warren
  • Johnnie Ingram
Starring
Opening theme"I Am America" by Shea Diamond
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
  • Stephen Warren
  • Johnnie Ingram
  • Peter LoGreco
  • Eli Holzman
  • Aaron Saidman
  • Erin Gamble
Production companies
Original release
NetworkHBO
ReleaseApril 23, 2020 (2020-04-23) –
present (present)

We're Here is an American reality television series on HBO featuring former Drag Race contestants. The series premiered on April 23, 2020, and documents drag queens as they travel across the United States to recruit small-town residents to participate in one-night-only drag shows.[1][2] In June 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on October 11, 2021.[3][4] In December 2021, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on November 25, 2022.[5] The first three seasons featured Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara and Shangela. A fourth season was announced in 2023 with new queens Jaida Essence Hall, Priyanka, Sasha Velour and Latrice Royale.[6][7]

Cast

Timeline of cast members

Main cast members
Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4
Bob the Drag Queen Main
Eureka O'Hara Main
Shangela Main
Jaida Essence Hall Main
Latrice Royale Main
Priyanka Main
Sasha Velour Main

Production

HBO announced the six-part reality television series on November 5, 2019, to star former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, and Shangela.[1][2] We're Here was created by Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram, and is executive produced by Warren, Ingram, Peter LoGreco, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. LoGreco also directs.[1][8] Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen), Eureka D. Huggard (Eureka O'Hara) and D.J. Pierce (Shangela Laquifa Wadley) serve as consulting producers.[8] HBO EVP of Programming Nina Rosenstein said, "Drag is about confidence and self expression. We are so thrilled to showcase the transformative power of the art form with our audience."[1] On February 19, 2020, it was announced that We're Here would premiere on April 23, 2020.[8]

The final episode of the first season, which was slated to be set in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was halted by the imposition of lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[9] The episode instead became a Zoom-based discussion among the three hosts about their own personal journeys through drag;[9]

On June 5, 2020, HBO renewed the series for a second season which premiered on October 11, 2021. The second season launched with a return to Spartanburg.[3][4] On December 16, 2021, HBO renewed the series for a third season which premiered on November 25, 2022.[5]

On July 12, 2023 it was announced that the series would be returning for a fourth season but with new queens: Jaida Essence Hall, Priyanka, and Sasha Velour.[6] On September 6, 2023, it was announced that Latrice Royale joined the cast of the fourth season.[7]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16April 23, 2020 (2020-04-23)June 4, 2020 (2020-06-04)
28October 11, 2021 (2021-10-11)November 29, 2021 (2021-11-29)
36November 25, 2022 (2022-11-25)December 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)

Season 1 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Gettysburg, Pennsylvania"Peter LoGrecoApril 23, 2020 (2020-04-23)0.122[10]
22"Twin Falls, Idaho"Peter LoGrecoApril 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)N/A
33"Branson, Missouri"Peter LoGrecoMay 7, 2020 (2020-05-07)0.103[11]
44"Farmington, New Mexico"Peter LoGrecoMay 14, 2020 (2020-05-14)0.130[12]
55"Ruston, Louisiana"Peter LoGrecoMay 21, 2020 (2020-05-21)0.070[13]
66"Spartanburg, We Make It Werk"Peter LoGrecoJune 4, 2020 (2020-06-04)0.113[14]

Season 2 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
71"Spartanburg, South Carolina"Peter LoGrecoOctober 11, 2021 (2021-10-11)N/A
82"Temecula, California"Peter LoGrecoOctober 18, 2021 (2021-10-18)N/A
93"Del Rio, Texas"Peter LoGrecoOctober 25, 2021 (2021-10-25)N/A
104"Selma, Alabama"Peter LoGrecoNovember 1, 2021 (2021-11-01)N/A
115"Evansville, Indiana"Peter LoGrecoNovember 8, 2021 (2021-11-08)N/A
126"Watertown, South Dakota"Peter LoGrecoNovember 15, 2021 (2021-11-15)N/A
137"Kona, Hawaii"Peter LoGrecoNovember 22, 2021 (2021-11-22)N/A
148"Grand Junction, Colorado"Peter LoGrecoNovember 29, 2021 (2021-11-29)N/A

Season 3 (2022)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
151"Granbury, Texas"Peter LoGrecoNovember 25, 2022 (2022-11-25)N/A
162"Jackson, Mississippi"Peter LoGrecoDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)N/A
173"St. George, Utah"Peter LoGrecoDecember 9, 2022 (2022-12-09)N/A
184"Sussex, New Jersey"Peter LoGrecoDecember 16, 2022 (2022-12-16)N/A
195"Florida, Part 1"Peter LoGrecoDecember 23, 2022 (2022-12-23)N/A
206"Florida, Part 2"Peter LoGrecoDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)N/A

Reception

Awards and nominations

We're Here is a 2022 recipient of the Peabody Award for entertainment. The Peabody's governing body, in its May 2023 award announcement, highlighted the series' offering of "poignant and show-stopping performances," and for its embrace of drag as "a form of artistic protest" at a time when the art form faces attempts by conservative activists and lawmakers to regulate or restrict it.[15]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program We're Here Nominated [16]
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming Nominated [17]
Dorian Awards Best LGBTQ TV Show Nominated [18]
2021 Independent Spirit Awards Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series Nominated [19]
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Reality Program Won [20][21]
Queerty Awards TV series Runner-up [22]
2022 Reality / Docuseries Runner-up [23]
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Reality Program Won[a] [24][25]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Programming Casey Caldwell, Diego Montoya, Joshua "Domino" Schwartz, Marco Marco,
and Patryq Howell (for "Evansville, Indiana")
Won [26]
Outstanding Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic) Jeremy Damion Austin, Martin De Luna Jr., and Tyler Devlin (for "Kona, Hawaii") Won
Peabody Award Entertainment We're Here Won [15]
Dorian Awards Best Reality Show Nominated [27]
2023 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Reality Program Won [28]
Queerty Awards Reality/Docu-series Runner-up [29]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Programming Diego Montoya, Marco Morante, Joshua "Domino" Schwartz, Blake Danford, Sharon Malka, and Ricky Reynoso (for "St. George, Utah") Won [30]
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program Abdiel "Gloria" Urcullu and Tyler Funicelli (for "St. George, Utah") Won

Notes

  1. ^ tied with RuPaul's Drag Race

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