Tuesday 22:00 on FX
2 Seasons, 16 Episodes

Genre: Drama

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Set in the 1980s, Pose is a dance musical that 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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  • Mother of the Year

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    Mother of the Year

    On Pose Season 1 Episode 8, happiness finds a home with the House of Evangelista as the series delivers a surprising knock out of a finale.

    It would be a lie to say that a tragic end wasn't expected during the entire run of "Mother of the Year." Frankly, with TV's history of gay tragedy, too many good things were happening to assume they would stay that way. 

    But in the show's greatest act yet, it delivered not the heaviest episode of the season, but the most emotional. Even in the face of some less than pretty losses, there was a lot gained. 

    "Mother of the Year" at times felt like a 180 from episodes past, from tone to character behavior to outcomes. The episode was not perfect, and in fact, exposed a few of the series' weaknesses. 

    The show has for most of the season juggled the stories of its ensemble well, handing the mic to various characters for fleshed episodic-driven arcs. The audience is given time to not only know but i...
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  • Pink Slip

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    Pink Slip

    In more ways than one, loss befalls every House in Pose Season 1 Episode 7.

    Something about “Pink Slip” felt different from episodes past. Maybe it was the actors, who appeared to embody their characters more comfortably and firmly.

    Perhaps it was the shifting focus to supporting characters like Papi, whose storyline served as a link to the broader issues of the world that Pose exists within. Or maybe it was the tangible explorations of parenthood, family, and abandonment.

    Either way, the show felt like it finally found its rhythm.

    “Pink Slip” spent less time expounding on who characters are and what their existence says, and more time seeing them grapple with immediate, life-impacting matters that showed us just that.

    “Pink Slip” wasn’t speaking in metaphors, but in realities, using characters like Elektra, Papi, Ricky, and Stan to illustrate the stakes and struggles for everyone in the world of Pose.

    In sho...
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  • Love Is the Message

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    Love Is the Message

    The complicated relationship between love and loss is explored when both Pray Tell and Patty Bowes's stories take center stage on Pose Season 1 Episode 6.

    Pose's usual suspects take a back seat in this episode, and the shifting spotlight clears the way for some the series most tense, but compelling drama.

    The smallest storyline in "Love Is The Message" is Blanca's romantic plot with a man she meets outside the hall. She's both surprised and flattered by his interest, and after he lays on the charm, agrees to go out on a date with him.

    But when she tells her friends about her new suitor, they recognize him as someone who has taken home several women, including some of them.

    The revelation is an understandably upsetting one for Blanca, and she skips their date without notifying him to help Pray with his performance at the hospital. 

    When Blanca's confronted about it at the next competition, she explains she is not interes...
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  • Mother's Day

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    Mother's Day

    The complicated relationships – both healing and harmful – between parents and their children take center stage on the ball floor and in real life during Pose Season 1 Episode 5.

    Similar to every other episode, the ball competition reflects the broader conversation and themes of "Mother's Day." But perhaps better than episodes past, this wasn't just emotionally resonant or acutely honest. It was also touchingly universal.

    This one mainly revolves around Blanca, giving us a glimpse into how she became a child of the House of Abundance and her frayed relationship with her family.

    The opening scene is one of the series' best so far. Staged as a flashback, viewers learn how a warm, supportive, and compassionate Elektra took Blanca under her wing when everyone else – both her biological and trans community families – rejected her.

    While the show has a lot of really captivating characters, MJ Rodriguez solidified Blanca as the heart of ...
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  • The Fever

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    The Fever

    Everyone's facing major decisions about their healthcare in Pose Season 1 Episode 4, but not everyone is coming out better on the other side. 

    "The Fever" is an apt title, both metaphorically and literally, for the latest episode of the FX drama. The writers have put everyone at a crossroads at the exact same time, and manage to carry them through their choices with some of the best writing of the series so far. 

    Of course, the episode is about the literal fevers characters like Damon and Candy experience. But it's also about the metaphorical ones, including the jealous fever that ravages Angel when she becomes so self-conscious about her body and her relationship with Stan that she throws him out. 

    Damon's actual fever starts unassumingly from a cold bug but quickly morphs into a health scare when Blanca discovers he and Ricky have been having sex and once the condom came off.  

    The news understandably takes the house mother emot...
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  • Giving and Receiving

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    Giving and Receiving

    For members of the House of Evangelista, the world gives a little and takes a bit during Christmas on Pose Season 1 Episode 3. 

    It's the holidays, and depending on which day you catch any character on, they're either in a very giving or not-so-giving mood. 

    While the season's first two episodes showcased how the House of Evangelista is a home, "Giving and Receiving" illustrates how said home functions. 

    Blanca has only so much time, so she's serious about helping her children better themselves. That makes her equally appreciative of passion and honesty, and unaccepting of foolishness and disrespect. 

    So when Damon asks if Ricky can become part of the family, she's initially and understandably hesitant. Despite winning a runner's up trophy earlier in the night, Ricky reveals he stole part of his outfit to do so. 

    It's a move that screams risky behavior and with all that the world has going against her and her community. ...
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  • Access

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    Everyone connected to the House of Evangelista is looking to the future, and some are met with resistance while others become the resistance in Pose Season 1 Episode 2. 

    For a show so deeply rooted in a specific time period, it's interesting how dedicated many of the characters are to what happens after the immediate now.

    Following the reveal of Blanca's HIV status on Pose Season 1 Episode 1, she's made it her goal to think about those left in her community once she's gone.

    In "Access," that reflection takes the form of resistance when, following her first big win against Elektra in a ball competition, she's denied access to a gay bar. 

    While trying to celebrate her win, Blanca and Lulu go to a gay bar that they are not so politely thrown out of because they aren't white, gay or men. The event leads to several verbal spats between her and members of the House of Abundance.

    At first, it's Lulu who offers a rather rousing...
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