• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 3, 2018
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jun 4, 2018
    83
    It’s an engaging, entertaining series, and audiences will immediately feel like part of an exciting gathering--no matter why they decided to tune in.
  2. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Jun 1, 2018
    83
    It’s hard to hold a preference for heartwarming moments over heartbreaking ones against the show, especially when its creators are motivated by a reality that’s frequently the opposite. Pose has many excesses, and that level of consideration is just among the more positive ones.
  3. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    May 22, 2018
    83
    For all of its ballroom flash and diva fierceness, Pose is a sweet, touching drama about finding your family, your purpose, yourself. The number of transgender actors in the cast may have made history, but it’s the humanity of the stories they tell that is truly revolutionary.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Pose is way too entertaining to be considered an example of TV offering a diversity lesson.
  5. 80
    Though the FX series sometimes has trouble balancing earnest kitchen-sink drama with the otherworldly flamboyance of its ’80s New York ballroom scenes and the innately didactic quality of some of its main characters’ arguments and moments of crisis, the totality hangs together quite well.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    Throughout, the series runs on a kind of self-supporting enthusiasm, and is borne aloft by some extraordinary performances. ... Their [Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore's] work here is natural and moving; they ground what's melodramatic in the writing and keep the fantastic elements in the production from swamping what's human in the story.
  7. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    Through [Angel's] story and others, Pose illuminates the difference between between the genuine and illusory, outshining any imperfections that may slow down its initial episodes. Those are less noticeable than the bright dominating palette of attitude and affection propelling the drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    Its tenderness makes up for any flaws, to the degree that I know I should tell you about the flaws, but I almost want to lie and say they aren’t there, because it carries itself with the confidence of a show that knows it’s good, and if you can’t recognize that, well, that’s your problem.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    Pose struts so confidently and quickly down its narrative catwalk that you'll barely feel the time go by as characters strive to constantly reinvent themselves in a world that seems to have little use or compassion for them.
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    The series is not afraid of melodrama, the first four episodes suffer peak-TV bloat (at a full hour and up) and the scripts veer into the kind of speechy dialogue that comes across as read more than spoken. But the rough patches are lofted by its vitality and refusal to draw its characters in terms of tragedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    May 31, 2018
    80
    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. ... If it sometimes tries just a little too hard, then those missteps are both understandable and forgivable--and maybe even a little endearing.
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    May 31, 2018
    80
    Since the formulaic stories emerge in a world that is so unusual and unfamiliar to most viewers, they nonetheless seem fresh. Plus, they are compensated by some strikingly original plots involving trans life.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 31, 2018
    80
    The character-based stories grow more effective over time as viewers come to care about the characters’ love lives and hardships.
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    May 31, 2018
    80
    Beneath that smooth style is a gushy, sincere heart, one I’m happy to see beating at the center of a Ryan Murphy creation.
  15. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    May 30, 2018
    80
    In true House of Murphy tradition, Pose is blunt and opulent, confident in its individuality and palpably eager to please. Even when it stumbles, it’s hard not to admire its electric spirit.
  16. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 22, 2018
    80
    There's an introductory quality to the opening episodes of Pose. Murphy and his fellow creators want viewers to be immersed, but they're also mindful of those unfamiliar with the rites and rules of the ball circuit; the show anticipates many of the questions certain viewers might have. Opinions on that approach may vary, but for now it looks like a winning strategy: Pose is poignant, funny and completely accessible, whether you've been part of this community or your only point of reference is Madonna's "Vogue" video.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 4, 2018
    75
    Pose is praiseworthy in terms of its unique diversity and overall style. The ball competitions, which are frequent, could well be a show in themselves. ... But man, Pose also can be cloying at times while also being as broad as, well, Dynasty with both its story telling and some of the acting.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 1, 2018
    75
    Pose is less an experiment than an exuberant coming-out party for LGBT actors, one that quickly locates the heart, humanity and longing in these characters. In doing so, Murphy and company have turned material that easily could have been clichéd into a drama that proudly stands tall.
  19. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jun 1, 2018
    75
    It's big, it's loud, it's unapologetic and it has an ample sense of fun. Just like the balls.
  20. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    May 31, 2018
    75
    Bristle at Pose's dissonant style all you want, like the judges might during the too-few ball sequences, but recognize that Murphy's empathy is neither cheap nor self-flattering, and that it gives the series its unmistakable life.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    May 25, 2018
    75
    Smart, acidly funny with a wounded glamour that belies a genuine sorrow.
  22. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 1, 2018
    70
    Pose makes no bones about its intent to school us on a litany of issues. A few of these lectures are memorably and even poignantly written and performed (I could listen to Jackson’s Elektra tell people what’s what all the way to 1989, at least), but most of them strain with effort. It’s always been hard to convince Murphy that a little goes a long way, and viewers will have to admit that most of Pose’s weaknesses tend to vanish during the fantasitcally entertaining ballroom scenes.
  23. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    May 31, 2018
    70
    The show is at its most fun when she is on the ballroom floor. I would gladly watch a whole episode devoted to her preparations for walking in a Dynasty-themed category. Pose will not deign to accommodate such frivolity, but its earnestness has its rewards.
  24. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    May 30, 2018
    63
    This certainly isn't bad TV--Murphy isn't about to leave his longtime home with a turkey--but it's often bland TV, and oddly enough, stock TV.
  25. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 12, 2018
    60
    Pose owns its shamelessness in earnest, artless yet enjoyable melodramatic stories about these societal rejects. [11 - 24 Jun 2018, p.12]
  26. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 31, 2018
    50
    It’s a TV show from one of the most canny creators working today, yet as a viewing experience it can feel like an object lesson. ... So many of the people on Pose are strong women, trans paragons, and this comes at the expense of them being recognizably flawed human beings.
  27. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Jun 7, 2018
    40
    We’re told what we’re watching is worthy of acclaim, even if our eyes and ears tell us otherwise. All of which not only keeps the characters from feeling like actual, three-dimensional people
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Jun 3, 2018
    8
    Excellent portrayal of a forgotten subculture. When I first saw the film ‘Paris is Burning’ in 1990, I never would have imagined aExcellent portrayal of a forgotten subculture. When I first saw the film ‘Paris is Burning’ in 1990, I never would have imagined a dramatization of that world making it one day to series television. The dialogue is a little melodramatic and the story somewhat contrived at times, but not so much that it overshadowed the wonderful characters and exciting ball competition sequences. I’m looking forward to watching these great characters evolve. Full Review »
  2. Jun 5, 2018
    10
    One of the most relatable shows i've ever seen.
    Point for Ryan Murphy again!
    The cast is really good. MJ, Ryan Jamal and Indya are stars.
  3. Jun 21, 2018
    10
    This is the first show with real trans women. It is a insight to the ball scene of New York city in 1987. It also touches on the variousThis is the first show with real trans women. It is a insight to the ball scene of New York city in 1987. It also touches on the various issues that affect the trans community. Full Review »