P-Valley: Season 1 Reviews

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December 22, 2020
P-Valley is a necessary picture of a more complicated view of Black Southern life without shame.
December 22, 2020
It's so seemingly anti-TV that it fits snugly into a small-screen climate that has been quietly crying out for just this kind of show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2020
Thrilling newcomer, viewer discretion very much advised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2020
P-Valley combines the weightiness of a premium-cable show with the fun and soapiness you might expect from a BET marathon. We've come a long way from The Players Club. P-Valley's characters live rich, full lives shaped by the region they inhabit.
August 12, 2020
With a keen understanding of stigma and the limits of race, class, and colorism, showrunner Katori Hall has fashioned a story that distills the microcosm of a specific kind of sex work into an avenue for empathy.
August 4, 2020
The casting is impeccable from top to bottom, led by an outstanding lead performance by Brandee Evans. Annan is equally as fantastic and the writing for his character is some of the best on television.
August 3, 2020
Intense, loud and firmly anchored in the locale, it relies a lot on the local vernacular and is best watched with closed-captioning if you want to fully embrace the raw vehemence of the dialogue.
August 1, 2020
Although none of the four episodes provided for review skimp on sex, skin or soapy twists, P-Valley is in fact a carefully wrought study in character and setting...
July 31, 2020
An intoxicating look at the lives of the people who orbit the venue, which appears decrepit during the day, but comes alive, flush in neon, at night. It's raucous and funny and filled with intrigue and should be your new must-watch.
July 27, 2020
In many ways P Valley is reminiscent of The Wire, in the pace of the action and the density of the plotting; in its intimate understanding of its characters and their milieu, and in the dense patois of Katori Hall's script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 16, 2020
As dark as it can get, P-Valley is careful never to burst this bubble. All strip clubs sell a fantasy-P-Valley's just has a different audience.
July 13, 2020
The series also does a wonderful job of detailing all the various facets and mechanics of a strip club, with a bouncer, a bar staff, and a bookkeeper part of the behind-the-scenes staff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 13, 2020
If there are at least one too many plotlines outside the club for the show to consistently keep afloat, then character tends to bring us back.
July 13, 2020
Their view informs the focus in the writing, the directing and the performances, turning every stereotype about these places and these women on its head and presenting them from a view that serves their perspective, for once.
July 13, 2020
"P-Valley" is a drama that uses sex and titillation to spice a deeper story, presenting the kinds of characters rarely seen in an hourlong high-quality drama one subscription cable.
July 13, 2020
It is an unapologetically Southern and Black story that puts women who are often shamed and pushed toward society's edges right back where they belong-center stage.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 13, 2020
The relentlessness of Hall's vision shines through, allowing a rare look and perspective into sex work and the working class, devoid of white approval.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 13, 2020
It's a lyrical and atmospheric series that centers on lives of a community unlike anything television has seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 13, 2020
"P-Valley" achieves that rarest of balancing acts: It is a thoughtful immersion into an overlooked culture and community... The show excels at both tawdry entertainment and meaningful moments of character study.
July 13, 2020
P-Valley is a series that has a lot to say from a perspective that hasn't gotten much of a voice on prestige TV to this point.
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