Pose: Season 1 Reviews

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November 5, 2019
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.
March 22, 2019
I just wanted it to cut to the story...But when it did it revealed, beneath all the vogueing, archness and bitchy one-liners, a deep, beating heart and a soul in pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2019
This show stars the greatest ensemble of trans actors yet gathered, playing trans roles, and it is groundbreaking, inspirational and clearly very important. Although it is also, I'm afraid, sort of hammy bollocks too.
March 22, 2019
Pose glittered on the surface, but its pain was drawn from a deep well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2019
I am head over heels in love with this show.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 21, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
Thoroughly fabulous.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 18, 2018
Elektra's arc [...] was one of the most beautiful stories I watched on TV this year.
July 26, 2018
Pose does not ignore the outside, but it chooses not to let that perspective define it.
July 24, 2018
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?
July 23, 2018
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.
July 23, 2018
Sappy or sugary as that may sound, and it may have been at times, Pose's first season stayed true to its mission to the end. And as Blanca's deserved victory shows, that's something to cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 20, 2018
Thanks to its stars' ability to inhabit fully-formed star personae from its first moment, it's so real to me.
July 13, 2018
It's the sound of fantasy overtaking reality, if only for a moment.
July 3, 2018
The show is definitely improving as it goes along.
June 26, 2018
Each episode of Pose feels more revelatory and subversive than the last.
June 7, 2018
The most exciting aspect of the show is the fresh faces that populate it.
June 6, 2018
Pose is fun, but it's a fairly tame fantasy, for better or worse. It's a safe space - a vanilla cupcake showered with rainbow sprinkles.
June 6, 2018
The results are poignant. Even at the peak of the AIDS crisis, the trans characters in Pose know they're the bottom rung of the social ladder, the dog that everyone else gets to kick.
June 5, 2018
Pose is lush and expensive in a way that few stories about queer people of color are, and its audience took notice.
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