Dear White People: Season 1 (2017)

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

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Critic Ratings: 60

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 28, 2017

As college radio host Samantha White leads the outcry over a blackface party on campus, a revelation about her love life puts her in an awkward spot.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Buoyed by his front-page story on the party, shy reporter Lionel begins to come out of his shell and embrace his true identity.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Golden boy Troy schmoozes his way around campus at his dad's behest, campaigning for student body president. But his smile hides nagging doubts.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

As Coco gears up for an exclusive soiree, a fight with Sam stirs up memories of their friendship -- and the differences that drove them apart.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Friends drag Reggie out on the town to stop him from brooding over the revolution and Sam's new beau. But the night takes a harrowing turn.

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Shell-shocked, Sam and company plan a protest against the campus police, while Reggie finds his own way to process the ordeal.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Picking up on the chemistry between Sam and Reggie, Gabe obsesses over the state of his relationship -- and makes a startling confession to Joelle.

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To show just how pervasive Winchester's race problems are, Lionel sets out to write a feature on Troy and makes some unexpected discoveries.

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Coco jumps at the chance to join Troy at a party for wealthy donors, but the evening leaves her questioning his priorities.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

With tensions running high before the town hall, Sam tries to patch up her relationship, Coco steals Troy's thunder, and Lionel makes a bold move.

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Critic Reviews for Dear White People Season 1

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (37)

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…

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…

Feeling sorry for oneself is a miserable starting-point for any artistic or dramatic endeavor. Furthermore, it is impossible to present an honest, objective picture of the world when one's overriding goal, at any cost, is to "get ahead."

Feb 21, 2021 | Full Review…

Its satirical impulses end up in the backseat, or the trunk, in favor of dull soap-opera elements.

Jan 30, 2020 | 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

  • Mar 26, 2021
    Me encanta los temas que explora, el racismo, discriminación, que a mucha gente no les gusta escuchar, y los desarrolla de una manera acertada.
  • Oct 26, 2020
    Preachy and whiny, like being lectured at by a self-righteous, spoiled teenager who has little experience of the world.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Insulting, patronizing, and very deceptive.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    An amazing and refreshing show. It tackles hard issues that makes you think with sharp dialogues, natation and humour. The cast is so talented. Character oriented. The photography direction is energetic and beautiful. And the soundtrack is sooo good! Highly recommend.
  • May 08, 2020
    The first 4 episodes are a bit tough to watch but things really change in episode 5 and it maintains the high level until the end. Be brave and you will be rewarded.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    Such a groovy show. Even S3 had me going. Strong female characters, which is what is important in this time of age. Insanely well made with different angles on making a tv-show. Really great!
  • Nov 08, 2019
    With only a few parts to slow down the plot, interesting story and acting.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Was ok to pass time. Interesting idea. Yet the acting of some of those all-strangely-good-looking actors was often unbearable, along with the flat characters they played
  • 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
    (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.

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