Dear White People: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Dear White People

Critics Consensus

Timely, provocative, and sharply written, Dear White People is an entertaining blend of social commentary and incisive humor.



Critic Ratings: 57


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2511
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Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017
Air date: Apr 28, 2017

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Critic Reviews for Dear White People Season 1

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (30)

I enjoyed the show, and that's an accomplishment because I didn't like the film at all. I think this incarnation did a lot to flesh out characters in ways I found satisfying, and its use of multiple angles on the same basic events worked pretty well.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

As someone who also went to a PWI, I get that the perception of the black student body at PWIs might align closely with what's presented in Dear White People.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

I think Dear White People, the show, is a tremendous artistic achievement. It's always hinting that there is something beyond the pleading and wokeness, something that the show's more militant characters can't see.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Dear White People juggles aspirations to be both a scripted commentary on race and a sitcom about college students, and fails mildly in both regards.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

There is a ton of plot in Dear White People, but the way in which it plays fast and loose with storytelling devices makes that plot both easily digestible and entertaining to watch.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best thing about Dear White People is that it adopts the loose, varied feel of college life, filled with the highs, lows, fierce arguments, and ephemeral joys that come with it.

Apr 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The show does a wonderful job of building flawed individuals who, at the end of the day, just want the freedom to be glib without systemic racism complicating matters every step of the way.

Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

In the movie version of DWP, everything was rushed-the story and issues were too big to cram into 100 minutes. But as I'd hoped, the premise works much better on TV.

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…

This show panders to no audience. Everyone is in Simien's crosshairs and what ensues is a refreshing and often quite funny look at how many different ways there are to approach issues of identity as well as the shortcomings of all the different approaches

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Luckily it is not just socially relevant content, but extremely nuanced and strong comedy that makes Dear White People excel.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dear White People: Season 1

  • Aug 12, 2019
    Before watching the series I was put off by the cast claiming that black people can't be racist, which is of course moronic and racist. Anyway, after reading a bit about the series and hearing people say it was good and funny I decided to give it a chance and started watching it. Well, I only managed to get through 4 episodes and it was hard... the characters are difficult to like, the righting is poor and it's generally very boring. Each episode focuses on one character which may seem like a good idea, but since they are dull and uninteresting this just makes it even more difficult to get immersed into the series. They occasionally come out with some sketchy information about racism like "cops kill more black people" and say how difficult it is to be a black person in America. From what I've read, it's actually very difficult to properly estimate the so-called Shooting Bias since it's a very complicated matter and it depends on how you look at the data… Anyway, not much to say really, I just don't find it funny, interesting or thought provoking… it's really bad.
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Apparently horrible rich black people make up part of the horrible rich people contingent- the 1%- WHO KNEW?!
  • Aug 12, 2019
    (I could only make it through the first episode. Please bear that in mind before reading any further.) This show sends an extremely dangerous message. The color of your skin does not define who you are, unless you're black apparently. The very name of the show is insanely offensive, perhaps deliberately so, and its premise is black students fighting white students for disrespecting their culture. The cycle of hatred must end. The only thing this show has managed to accomplish is paint a group of people who deliberately dig up their own racial stereotypes because it's all they really have. 0/10. I'm sad for us, as a society, knowing media like this is not only freely available for people to consume but is so well regarded by critics.
  • Aug 12, 2019
    In addition to being race baiting trash, the content glamorizes drug use and sexual promiscuity. It is shameful that the "critics" are so shallow as to virtue signal their reviews. Dear black people - these kinds of shows only set back eliminating racism in our society...
  • Aug 09, 2019
    As close to a perfect adaptation of a film as you'll see
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Its a barely crdible woe is me victim mentality show. Anyone whos been in the real modern world knows this show is fake and garbage. But hey, we all like a underdog fight right? Perfect show for bleeding hearts who live in their own head i guess. its amazing how the rotten tomatoes review is a 98%! whilethe audience score is 64, and critic rating is 56... if this was Titled Dear Black People, and focused on real-life matters RT would have given this a 10% regardless of how good it was. Look no further than Black Panther.
  • Aug 04, 2019
    Based on their shallow reviews, None of the 1-star reviewers actually watched this show, every season they lose their mind because this show dares to briefly challenge racial issues while mostly being about young people navigating the different worlds they inhabit. The people who give this 1 star and whine and drone about black artists barely voicing their experiences are the same people who call others snowflakes. You're losing your minds over a title, who's the snowflake. This is a great charming show, give it a chance
  • Jul 30, 2019
    Race bating garbage.
  • Jul 12, 2019
    A racist show, it's as simple as that.
  • Jun 10, 2019
    The fact that this content exists and is being published basically dispells its entire premise about how black people are still subject to deep-seated racism ... in short a complete nonsensical show

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