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: 55


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2483

Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    


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

Dear White People: Season 1 Videos

Dear White People: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

News & Interviews for Dear White People: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Dear White People Season 1

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (29)

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…

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…

With almost every episode being centered on one character and their specific situation, each episode packs a lot of drama and emotion into 26 minutes.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dear White People: Season 1

  • Jul 12, 2019
    A racist show, it's as simple as that.
  • Jul 11, 2019
    This show is completely racist it's kind of hypocritical that the lead character is literally half white herself speaking on injustices in which she herself has never experienced this is a rich spoiled brat delivering hate speech. Many people experience injustice everyday I literally was shunned all my life for being a redhead still till this day people want nothing to do with me because im a ginger, also not hired or fired for jobs for simply being a women, Im also of mixed race I live predominately in a poor area and have had no sort of privileges I can speak of. Its funny that you sit here and make a show about colleges that me and other poor white people could never attend or get into, ITS AN OUTRAGE THAT you are big mad about getting into college on a free ride not because of your own merits but only because you are black so why are you so mad im confused? Some of us got 4.0 some of us didnt get scholarships some of us are still stuck some of uswere wards of the state who actually deserved a full ride because we were foster kids. you make me sick! This would be an outrage if white people were to make a movie "dear black people" and speak on all of the injustices they go through with black people and how they are treated. This show makes it very clear the only people in America who have true freedom of speech are black people.
  • Jul 05, 2019
    As a black person, I just want everyone to know that this show does not speak for me or anyone I know. I am not a victim! Aside from being very dull and offensive, what makes the show even worse is that it takes itself seriously. I am passionate about what I do, not who I am - I do not fit neatly into a box of victims who blame everyone for their problems. Shows like this help paint an inaccurate picture and If I had to describe it in a word I would say... Racist. Racists come in all races and sizes.. This show is an insult to me and what my father spent his whole life teaching me.
  • 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
  • May 29, 2019
    Its hard to say if the show is good. The character dynamic changed. Neither Sam nor Gabe have the same personas. Sam was the embodiment of controlling strong willed and Gabe was submissive yet empowering. Gabe has taken control in the relationship. The feel of the characters are to drastically different from the night before.
  • May 21, 2019
    Politicly I scratch my head at this show and the same goes for how much entertainment value it has.
  • Apr 29, 2019
    Truly a gem of a show!
  • Apr 21, 2019
    Racist piece of garbage.
  • Apr 16, 2019
    Dear Black People: this show is blatantly racist
  • Apr 12, 2019
    It's okay to be white

News & Features