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  • TV-MA
  • 2018
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.6  (32,678)

Pose is a critically acclaimed American drama television series that aired on FX in the years 2018 to 2021. The show was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals and explored the lives of African-American and Latino LGBTQ communities in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with a particular focus on the ballroom culture scene.

The show features a large ensemble cast of mostly transgender actors, including names like MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, and Billy Porter, who won an Emmy Award for his role as the sassy and fabulous emcee and ballroom commentator, Pray Tell. The series also features several established and rising stars, such as Evan Peters, Kate Mara, and Angelica Ross.

Set in the 1980s and 1990s, the series follows the lives of several African-American and Latino members of the LGBTQ community who are part of the New York City ballroom scene. The ballroom scene was a safe space where people from marginalized communities could come together and express themselves through dance, fashion and song. In this competitive world, participants walked up and down the runway, or catwalk, posing in outfits that represented various themes such as "High Fashion," "Executive Realness," or "Butch Queen First Time in Drag."

Pose offers a unique perspective on the ballroom scene, which was a crucial part of the LGBTQ community in the late 80s and early 90s, but is lesser-known to most of the general public. The show explores the intersection of the various aspects of the characters' lives, which include family, sexuality, politics, AIDS activism, and the ballroom subculture.

The show's main plotline follows the lives of Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista (MJ Rodriguez) and Angel Evangelista (Indya Moore), two transgender women who are members of the House of Evangelista. The House of Evangelista serves as a makeshift family to many LGBTQ community members who are estranged from their biological families. Blanca partakes in the ballroom culture scene and aspires to become a mother - a mentor who takes in other LGBTQ+ youth in the community. Her desire to mother and guide her chosen family is a central storyline that runs throughout the series.

Pose is set against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic, a time when the disease was not yet fully understood, and people living with HIV/AIDS faced significant stigma and marginalization. The show raises awareness of the issue and emphasizes its impact on the LGBTQ community. Pray Tell, played by Billy Porter, serves as a tribute to the members of the ballroom community who died from AIDS complications.

The show is notable not only for its handling of historical events but also for its representation of LGBTQ characters. The show features the largest number of transgender actors ever in a television show, and it offers a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of the experiences of LGBTQ people of color. The show also tackles issues such as transphobia, homophobia, and sexism, and the impact that these issues have on LGBTQ individuals and their families.

The show's production value is top-notch, with vibrant attention to period detail and fashion, as well as a fantastic soundtrack featuring music from the time. Overall, Pose is a groundbreaking series that shines a light on a marginalized community, telling their stories with authenticity and sensitivity, and it brings to the forefront the complex experiences of the LGBTQ community during the AIDS epidemic. The show is a must-watch for anyone interested in the history of the LGBTQ community in America and for those who appreciate a well-told, engaging story.

Pose is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (27 episodes). The series first aired on June 3, 2018.

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Series Finale, Part 2
8. Series Finale, Part 2
June 6, 2021
When Blanca discovers an HIV clinical trial is denying access to people of color she joins ACT UP in an effort to get Pray Tell the medication.
Series Finale
7. Series Finale
June 6, 2021
When Blanca discovers an HIV clinical trial is denying access to people of color she joins ACT UP in an effort to get Pray Tell the medication.
Something Old, Something New
6. Something Old, Something New
May 30, 2021
While the dust settles on their unforeseen life change, Papi adjusts to being a guardian and Angel seeks guidance from an unexpected source.
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
5. Something Borrowed, Something Blue
May 23, 2021
A visit from an old friend complicates Angel and Papi's wedding plans. Meanwhile, Elektra expands her business with the help of her new, shady, associates.
Take Me to Church
4. Take Me to Church
May 16, 2021
After a startling health update, Pray Tell returns home to reconnect with his birth family.
The Trunk
3. The Trunk
May 9, 2021
After she is unjustly arrested, Elektra convinces Blanca to aid in disposing of the trunk in her closet before law enforcement finds it.
2. Intervention
May 2, 2021
Blanca stages a much-needed intervention for Pray Tell.
On the Run
1. On the Run
May 2, 2021
1994. With the AIDS epidemic reaching fever pitch, Blanca finds purpose working as a nurse's aide at Roosevelt hospital alongside her new love, Christopher. But Blanca's history with a new patient leads to a challenging ordeal. Meanwhile, Lemar shakes up the ballroom community when he becomes father to the unruly House of Khan forcing the House of Evangelista to consider reassembling.
Pose-a-thon For Pride
100. Pose-a-thon For Pride
June 26, 2020
In honor of PRIDE, Billy Porter ad Mj Rodriguez, along with the cast and producers of POSE will come together for a one-hour virtual event benefitting GLSEN, The Hetrick Martin Institute, and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. Emceed by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-award winning actor and activist Billy Porter, this event will bring together the voices of POSE for stories, songs, and support of LGBTQ education, social change for sexual and gender minority people of color, and transgender equality through legal services and policy efforts.
Where to Watch Pose
Pose is available for streaming on the FX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Pose on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 3, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (32,678)