Pose: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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: 76


Audience Score

User Ratings: 500
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Air date: Jun 3, 2018
Air date: Jun 10, 2018
Air date: Jun 17, 2018
Air date: Jun 24, 2018
Air date: Jul 1, 2018
Air date: Jul 8, 2018
Air date: Jul 15, 2018
Air date: Jul 22, 2018

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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 (76) | Top Critics (35)

Pose glittered on the surface, but its pain was drawn from a deep well.

Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

Thoroughly fabulous.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Pose's dialogue is often stilted and preachy, but because it's campily heartfelt, it mainly works.

Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pose: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    Fresh, glamorous, heartbreaking and honest, Pose reveals a carrer-best, mature work from writer-director Ryan Murphy alongside a superb diverse ensemble cast.
  • Jul 11, 2019
    Incredible show and important! One of the most moving (quite possibly the most) shows I've seen to day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
  • Jun 24, 2019
    Ladies! The category is... FABULOUS, AWARD-WORTHY TV SHOWS, and Pose is the number one contender, in my opinion. This TV show is set in the late 1980's, and tackles the struggles of living as a young, minority, LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈 member of society. No...scratch that. It shows how, at the time, you were ostracized for living your truth, just because it made lesser people uncomfortable. It's about how these resilient, beautiful individuals created their own society, their own homes, and their own families in Ballroom culture. Season 1 shows how an array of different stories and backgrounds come together as one, in love and unity... Every new episode of this groundbreaking TV show is better than the previous one. The viewers are allowed a small glimpse of what these characters lives are like, and it's is enough to break you down. As we watch Blanca build her house and motivate her children, while also battling with the reality of her mortality, we admire her for every step she takes, every day she wakes up and smiles, and every day she fights. I have nothing but admiration for this character. She keeps rules in her house- she has goals for her children and she pushes them to fight for more than small glimmers of happiness ballroom can offer them. She wants them to have happiness in life with the outside world, which is why she forbids drugs, she consistently pushes Damon in dance school, and she constantly reminds her children the reality of AIDS by making them get tested regularly. This show explores so much more than ballroom culture and Vogue-ing. The harsh early days of AIDS, the complexities of sexuality, and the concept of family is what makes this show a 5 out of 5 in my books. It's well worth a watch, and it can teach any viewer something worth learning. Check out the rest of my Review at jacindable.net
  • Jun 15, 2019
    All surface, no substance.
  • Jun 15, 2019
    Filled with snappy dialogue and quirky characters whom leave a lasting impression - Billy Porter in particular is a standout amogst a great ensemble - Pose is stylish and effervescent, whilst balancing soapy storylines with bona fide grit, to (mostly) effective results.
  • Jun 14, 2019
    One of my fave shows at this moment
  • Jun 03, 2019
    One of the most compelling series I've seen in a while. I was pulled in from the very first episode and cannot wait for Season 2. Along with being dramatic, comedic, and fabulous, it is a fictional window into a very realistic slice of history. I would recommend to anyone who has watched this to also watch the documentary Paris is Burning for some more context about this era of gay/trans existence.

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