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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: 81

Audience Score

User Ratings: 585

1. Pilot

Air date: Jun 3, 2018

Blanca pursues her dream of becoming a house mother after receiving a devastating medical diagnosis, and Damon moves to New York City with aspirations of joining a dance company in the series premiere of this drama about the ball-culture world in the 1980s.

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2. Access

Air date: Jun 10, 2018

Blanca is denied access to a popular bar, leading to a purposeful feud. Meanwhile, inexperienced Damon learns the truth about love and sex when he is asked on a date.

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3. Giving and Receiving

Air date: Jun 17, 2018

The House of Evangelista celebrates the holidays and prepares for the Snow Ball in spite of Angel's lack of holiday spirit. Meanwhile, Elektra contemplates undergoing an affirming medical procedure.

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4. The Fever

Air date: Jun 24, 2018

Candy's insecurities about her appearance are heightened when she is criticized at a ball. Meanwhile, Blanca worries when Damon and Ricky have a medical scare that threatens to tear them apart.

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5. Mother's Day

Air date: Jul 1, 2018

Blanca is forced to reconnect with her estranged siblings after the death of her mother.

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7. Pink Slip

Air date: Jul 15, 2018

Blanca makes a startling revelation about Lil Papi that changes the House of Evangelista forever. Meanwhile, Elektra rethinks her means of survival when the House of Abundance is evicted from their apartment.

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8. Mother of the Year

Air date: Jul 22, 2018

The ultimate showdown takes places at the Princess Ball, when the House of Evangelista battles against the House of Ferocity and Mother of the Year is decided. -- (C) FX

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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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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…

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…

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…

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

Jun 4, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The most exciting aspect of the show is the fresh faces that populate it.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

'Pose' is one of the most exciting and campy depictions of the LGBT community, specifically drag ball culture. 'Pose' is not just another show that features queer people but is instead a whole new world to explore and understand.

Sep 5, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

View All Critic Reviews (81)

  • Aug 16, 2020

    Excellent! The acting is superb and touching. Love the clothing , once you start watching you can't stop.

  • Aug 08, 2020

    I wanted to love this first glance there's so much to like. It's well intentioned, often moving and usual entertaining. There are some great performances especially by Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez. The problem is the story/writing. It is so predictable that you can guess most storylines 15 minutes before they happen. And just as often the plot is so overly sentimental that I end up feeling manipulated. (case in point, Mama's cookbook) It's essentially a slightly edgier Hallmark series full of teachable moments and tear enducing 'ahhhs" but very few if any suprises or truly memorable moments. I understand that this is new territory and the producers likely didn't want to alienate the audience who are seeing this world for the first time -but it ends up being so safe that it feels like a wasted opportunity. I doubt that any audience that is put off by the subject/content would even watch this series - yet it feels as if the story is designed not to offend them. I had hoped for so much more. Hopefully in time....

  • Aug 05, 2020

    Lloré en cada episodio, no joke.

  • Jul 29, 2020

    The acting is sometimes a bit off with some of the actors, who I don't think serve the lines their justice. But some of them are remarkable too and I learn alot.

  • 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 ????

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