The category is…live, work, POSE! Pose is a 2018 FX drama that explores the lives and ball culture of many in the LGBTQ+ community in the late 1980’s New York. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, Pose gives us fashion, family, and fierce in the best way.
This show is seriously good, but it is not for the close minded. It is educational and insightful about the lives of purely LGBT (on screen and IRL) people and how they strive to be seen in their community. With episodes that explore the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the time and talk about gender reassignment surgeries, this show breaks barriers like no other. Despite what you may think, no it’s not like RuPaul’s Drag Race, like not at all, and that’s a good thing. The characters in the show aren’t treated as gawky, exuberant characters, they’re treated as regular people with backstory and layered emotions like the rest of us. The show is just dang good, it’s hard to criticize. The music choices, the wardrobe, the vocabulary, the acting, literally everything is dang good. The only thing that isn’t quite up to part is the writing sometimes. There are moments for only a few characters that the writing is seriously cringe worthy, but I’ll let it slide.
This cast is the bomb, seriously. If I had the power to, I’d ship them some Golden Globes myself. Billy Porter plays Pray Tell, the emcee of the balls and loving fairy-godmother of almost everybody. MJ Rodriguez stars as Blanca Evangelista, the founder and mother of the glamorous House of Evangelista, and Ryan Jamaal Swain stars as Daman Richards, a homeless dancer who shines in Blanca’s House. Other stars include: Indya Moore, Evan Peters, Dominique Jackson, and James Van Der Beek.
Before you ask, yes, season one IS on Netflix.Rating 9.8/10. Live, work, POSE!