Pose: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

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Charged with energy, poise, and confidence, Pose pirouettes between artistic opulence and deliciously soapy drama to create a fresh new addition to Ryan Murphy's lexicon.



Critic Ratings: 82


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User Ratings: 639

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Air date: Jun 3, 2018

Blanca pursues her dream of becoming a house mother after receiving a devastating medical diagnosis, and Damon moves to New York City with aspirations of joining a dance company in the series premiere of this drama about the ball-culture world in the 1980s.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2018

Blanca is denied access to a popular bar, leading to a purposeful feud. Meanwhile, inexperienced Damon learns the truth about love and sex when he is asked on a date.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2018

The House of Evangelista celebrates the holidays and prepares for the Snow Ball in spite of Angel's lack of holiday spirit. Meanwhile, Elektra contemplates undergoing an affirming medical procedure.

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Air date: Jun 24, 2018

Candy's insecurities about her appearance are heightened when she is criticized at a ball. Meanwhile, Blanca worries when Damon and Ricky have a medical scare that threatens to tear them apart.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2018

Blanca is forced to reconnect with her estranged siblings after the death of her mother.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2018

Pray Tell organizes a cabaret for the AIDS ward at a local hospital.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2018

Blanca makes a startling revelation about Lil Papi that changes the House of Evangelista forever. Meanwhile, Elektra rethinks her means of survival when the House of Abundance is evicted from their apartment.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2018

The ultimate showdown takes places at the Princess Ball, when the House of Evangelista battles against the House of Ferocity and Mother of the Year is decided. -- (C) FX

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Tv Season Info

Set in the 1980s, Pose explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene.

Cast & Crew

Kate Mara
Dominique Jackson
Angelica Ross
Dyllon Burnside
Charlayne Woodard
Helena St. Rogers
Nina Jacobson
Executive Producer
Brad Simpson
Executive Producer
Alexis Martin Woodall
Executive Producer
Sherry Marsh
Executive Producer
Erica Kay
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Pose Season 1

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (48)

Pose is aspirational and celebratory -- and in pursuit of that, a little anachronistic, importing to the New York of 30 years ago all the trans commitment of today. Never mind. This is, after all a study in the lives of the saints, set to disco.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Elektra's arc [...] was one of the most beautiful stories I watched on TV this year.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

As queer scholar Jeanne Vaccaro half-joked recently to a friend of mine, Pose is "Paris Is Burning meets 7th Heaven." And why shouldn't it be?

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The great thing about Pose isn't that it does the singular thing it does with any restraint. It's that, finally, in 2018, it's got the chance to do the singular thing it does, at all.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Invigorating or emotionally affecting at its best, it's also clunky and rote-like with unbecoming frequency.

Jun 4, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The most exciting aspect of the show is the fresh faces that populate it.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

This revolutionary LGBTQ show about New York's 1980s ballroom scene slays in every category.

Mar 13, 2021 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

'Pose' is one of the most exciting and campy depictions of the LGBT community, specifically drag ball culture. 'Pose' is not just another show that features queer people but is instead a whole new world to explore and understand.

Sep 5, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A tale of drag-ball culturalism with greater, wider stories of the moment embracing money, gender, politics, race and sexuality in one epic package.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Pose delivers a fabulous look at 80s ball culture while breaking ground for trans women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community as a whole.

Jan 10, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The result is still too corny to qualify as great drama. But as a rich slice of glossy soap opera, it's right up there.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

I'll be honest, it doesn't feel like one of [Murphy's] more vitally important projects -- it is small and predictable and hastily thrown together.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pose: Season 1

  • 22h ago
    There is representation in the main cast, that should be something that every LGBT series should have because there is a lot of LGBT actors that aren't given a chance. Pose it's good for something that should be normal.
  • Jun 10, 2021
    I LOVE this show. I 100% recommed. Everyone should watch this. It's beautiful, it's raw, real, even funny at times, and most of all it's inspiring. It reminds you that family doesn't have to be blood related. It gives you a unique look into the LGBTQIA+ community and the struggles that were faced in the 80's and early 90's in the name of just being who you are. This is a must-watch. Especially now, since it's Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 Don't forget that Pride began as a riot ✊🏼
  • May 13, 2021
    I can best describe it as a show that teaches you love as an infinite phenomenon; as it allows you to love yourself, each character, and every single artist who has worked and continues to work on the project.
  • Apr 25, 2021
    'Pose' is possibly one of the freshest television series we have been provided with in quite sometime. Telling stories that deserve recognition while also giving off great messages about the struggles within the LGBTQ+ community, especially those dealing with the transgender community, along with giving the spotlight to the original inventors of ball culture. No time during season one will audiences feel bored or predict anything that is coming their way. Every cast member pops on screen with their best performances. 'Pose' truly is a special work of art, and my hope is that everyone takes the time to experience it.
  • Mar 12, 2021
    An amazing series, where you will NOT regret one episode being around 60 minutes. This made me laugh, made me cry - tears of happiness. It is a masterpiece itself and people who are hating on this rarity got no joy in life nor culture they could say they belong to. Love the story, love the music, love the fashion.. and mostly the representation this got for queer kids and ESPECIALLY the representation for black kids - queer or straight, cis or trans .. this will get your ass up and motivate you in your life like nothing else.
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Sappy, trite and formulaic, Pose offers a sanitized retro peek into 80's New York City "ballroom" life. Rather than portraying the gritty essence of a marginalized community building its own culture while being torn down by AIDS, Netflix went for a lighter touch. Pose feels as though it was written by a high school's gay-straight alliance and aired as an after school special in blue states. The predictable dialogue and cliched performances teeters on tween soap opera and does nothing to keep it real. Fortunately vogue ballroom is forever preserved on celluloid in "Paris is Burning", a must see documentary of factualness. But if you like your revisionist pop culture dummied down and scrubbed up, then Pose may strike you.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Amazing...!!! This show took me back to a time ... I laughed, I cried, I snapped my fingers and I rewound so many times that it took me close to 2hrs to watch a single episode ... The music was spot on... 👍
  • Oct 06, 2020
    Absolutely wonderful. Captivating and moving, you can feel the energy, wether good or bad, in each scene.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    Loved Elektra & Angel's storylines
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Excellent! The acting is superb and touching. Love the clothing , once you start watching you can't stop.

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