Pose: Season 1 Reviews

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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 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.
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December 18, 2018
Elektra's arc [...] was one of the most beautiful stories I watched on TV this year.
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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?
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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.
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
More significant than any display of craft, though, is Pose's utter confidence as it shows American audiences a world that has never been visualized on television at this length and at such an obviously grand budget level.
June 4, 2018
This is lavish, stand-up-and-cheer drama of an entirely new type. Unmissable.
June 4, 2018
For those of us new to that world, Pose introduces us to its rituals, language, and spirit effortlessly, and enjoyably.
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June 4, 2018
Pose brims with fresh faces delivering impressive performances, and it succeeds in humanizing characters and a subculture that has too often been overlooked, oppressed or vilified elsewhere on television.
June 4, 2018
[The] juxtaposition of what's real and what's a performance is part of what makes Pose so successful.
June 4, 2018
Ennobled and electrified, the people of Pose put forth a dazzling series that is all about cultural course-correction, reclaiming the ball scene and its marginalized pioneers from the pop appropriation that began in 1990 with Madonna's hit single "Vogue."
June 4, 2018
With few exceptions, Pose, whose people are living on the margin of the margin... is kind to its subjects, who only want to become who they are.
June 4, 2018
Invigorating or emotionally affecting at its best, it's also clunky and rote-like with unbecoming frequency.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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