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: 80


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User Ratings: 569

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Air date: Jun 3, 2018
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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.

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Critic Reviews for Pose Season 1

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (37)

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

Jun 4, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The most exciting aspect of the show is the fresh faces that populate it.

Jun 7, 2018 | 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…

Beyond the show's snappy one-liners and exploration of the pain that queer people of color endured in the '80s, Pose also navigates an important conversation about the important role that trans women of color play in the lives of queer men of color.

Nov 5, 2019 | 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…

A lot to forgive, but Pose has enough spirit and style to keep you coming back.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pose: Season 1

  • Jul 02, 2020
    Excellent series, the characters stories were so well defined that the watcher really can feel their joys and pains. Highly recommend.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    2020 #307: POSE SEASON 1 I didn't know what to expect watching this but I was completely blown away. This it s without a doubt Ryan Murphy's best and most fully realized show. It tells the story of a group of friends in the Ballroom community and all the trials and tribulations they go through. It's moving with amazing performances and an informative and engaging story. It's really one of the best shows for anyone to watch and shows the struggle of a group of people most would rather forget until now. 9/10
  • May 30, 2020
    It took me a while to watch this RYAN Murphy production, but it paid off, I definitely was missing out! A series that touches on very important and rare themes that might be deemed controversial but should not be at all. This drama takes place in 1987 New York, witnesses the evolution of the African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ball culture and shows the luxury as well as the austerity of misunderstood characters in a world in which they were ahead of their time. Very innovative and entertaining, it delivers energetic opulence and emotional drama. Billy Porter really deserved his Emmy Award for his performance in this show, which is deeply ravishing.
  • May 25, 2020
    "Pose" shows us a glamorous side of the LGBTQ+ community of the 1980s in a beautiful way. But it also shows us the suffering, discrimination and situations lived through very charismatic and well-developed characters. Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals give us a very beautiful series, with which you can identify, laugh and cry. Just Wonderful.
  • Jan 05, 2020
    I saw series one afetr having watched Game of Thrones final episode. Although GOT's last series was a disaster, watching Pose brought me back to reality and made me realise that I had been way too invested in GOT's absurdity. Fantasy is fine and even fantasy can achieve greatness but sadly GOT did not. Pose, alternatively is that very rare thing, a true milestone of TV history. Some headlines: Firstly, sub cultures can be lost if people do not preserve them. Secondly, you can beat any number of armies, dragons, wizards and goblins but nothing of that nature compares to the beauty of the true struggle of a human spirit. There is so much to love in Pose I hardly know where to begin. I loved the way that an apsect of African American culture's bigotry was exposed. It's not enough to expose bigotry, greatness involves showing you something deeper somethning more profound and Pose delivers. There is an episode where a young black man, who has been driven from the family home, auditions for a dance course; by the end of his audition I was weeping. I'm still not sure what I was weeping for, for sadness, for hope, for the flame of possibility or perhaps just for the integrity of the performances. I am not homosexual but for much of my life I have felt excluded, different, sometimes shunned and made too feel so much less than the other groups in our society. I think in seeing that young man audition I was as much weeping for myself, that there people who will love you, see something in you, that you do not have to go gently into the dying of the light. That when when you rage against it, it can beautiful even if the end is one where you lie decrepit, sodden, perhaps ugly in body but not in spirit. You cant make something like Pose withought integrity. Such as this becomes more than just performance, its a communion with the audience, with our hearts and minds and lingers long in our souls ever long after we have seen it. A privilege to watch and a joyful sadness to experience.
  • Dec 22, 2019
    I cried ( A lot), I laughed ( a lot ), I felt so many emotions. It was so amazing!!! I binged watched season 1 and fell completely in love with blanca, Elektra, angel and the rest or the crew. I binged watched This show on Netflix in one day and I completely fell in love these characters and the love they all have for one another. MJ Rodríguez as blanca is phenomenal. Dominique Brebner as Elektra abundance is amazing!!! Phenomenal TV with a heart and soul. I truly admire this show and this story. It has truly opened my eyes to the struggles of the LBGTQ community. I am so Thankful for shows like this!!! It's a must watch ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Oct 16, 2019
    I think this is one of my favorite Ryan Murphy Projects. As a younger LGBT member, I haven't always been aware of the trials and tribulations queer people faced in the 80s. This show, while not 100% factual, does a good job at highlighting the complicated inner workings of the gay world while it was still hidden in the shadows. My one stipulation is that some of the storylines don't match in entertainment. I love Damon, but I love Elektra's character and storyline even more. With that being said, throughout watching I still found myself rooting for everyone in the house of Evangelista. Pose is a great show and does a good job of showing what ballroom life is really like. Well done.
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Une surprise de taille !
  • Jul 18, 2019
    First episode had me hooked! Love this show!
  • Jul 16, 2019
    This is a superb series with a meaningful contribution to LGBT history. It's extremely well written, well directed and well acted and I certainly hope it continues.

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