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Pose starts on the assumption that these lives are essentially about family, self-worth, the search for love and the struggle to stay alive. It sanctifies differences by exploring and centering those parts that are universal and human.
If you want a raw, real look at ball culture, there's no topping the 1991 documentary Paris Is Burning, which gives a truly unfiltered view. It's no doubt a strong inspiration for Pose, which is a fine addition to Murphy's repertoire.
The boundary-making aims and cast of Pose are proof TV has moved past its obsession with sad white men who behave badly. Now if only it would stop taking precious time away from its fascinating core characters to remind us of those tired stories.
When it soars - and it often soars - it's the result of authenticity. It's there in the performances of a historic cast, in the writing, in direction that feels alternately simple and intimate, then glamorous and reverent.
Pose drapes itself in the silk-lined opulence of New York in the 1980s and concerns itself with the intersection of the rich, white elite and the underground ballroom culture of the city's poor and minority communities.