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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 3, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: The latest Ryan Murphy series is set in 1980s New York City and will explore "the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world."
  • Genre(s): Drama, Music

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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.
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    9
    As a Dutchie I'd never heard of ball culture before. Sure, there was vogue (thx Madonna), but this was next level. But the atmosphere remindedAs a Dutchie I'd never heard of ball culture before. Sure, there was vogue (thx Madonna), but this was next level. But the atmosphere reminded me of my teens (somehow The Kids from Fame came to mind) and I was hooked from the first minute.
    This show might turn me gay though.
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  3. 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. Expand

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