Pose (2018– )
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TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 3 June 2018
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A dancer rejected by his homophobic parents and a family man with a high-paying job find themselves being pulled into the world of ball culture in New York in the late 1980s.


Ryan Murphy


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Peters ... Stan Bowes
Kate Mara ... Patty Bowes
James Van Der Beek ... Matt Bromley
Mj Rodriguez ... Blanca Rodriguez
Dominique Jackson ... Elektra Abundance
Billy Porter ... Pray Tell
Indya Moore ... Angel
Ryan Jamaal Swain ... Damon Richards
Charlayne Woodard ... Helena St. Rogers
Hailie Sahar ... Lulu
Angelica Ross ... Candy
Angel Bismark Curiel ... Lil Papi
Clark Jackson ... Mr. Richards
Roslyn Ruff ... Mrs. Richards
Klea Blackhurst Klea Blackhurst ... Waitress


A dancer rejected by his homophobic parents and a family man with a high-paying job find themselves being pulled into the world of ball culture in New York in the late 1980s.

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Release Date:

3 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Awareness of AIDS and HIV increased in the late '80s, which is when Pose is set. See more »


House of Abundance break into a museum to steal royal clothes for a ball. However, when they run out, the outfits later seen worn by Lulu, Cubby and Lemar are still visibly on display. See more »


Blanca Rodriguez: Do you know what the greatest pain a person can feel is? The greatest tragedy a life can experience? It is having a truth inside of you, and you not being able to share it. It is having a great beauty, and no one there to see it. This young boy has been discarded, and he is so young, he believes that it has something to do with who he is. It's like cancer. It is going to eat at him from the inside until he starts to resent even the best parts of himself.
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References Flashdance (1983) See more »


Hallelujah Junction, 1st Movement
Written by John Adams
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24 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Blanca after being diagnosed with HIV sets up her own House to get away from the overbearing Elektra, mother of the House of Abundance. The House is the alternative family structure in the gay and transsexual community.

Blanca's House is the new home for waifs and strays. One of them is 17 year-old aspiring dancer Damon. Once his god fearing parents find out he is gay, Damon is kicked out into the streets and sleeps on the park bench. Blanca becomes his mother.

The first episode of Pose, takes it queue from Vogueing and plants it firmly in the greed is good New York of 1987.

The coke snorting Wall Street types are contrasted with the colourful extravagance of the drag, gay and transgender community. Underneath the camp is sadness and pain, these people are outsiders. As Angel remarks she wants to care for someone and have someone care for her. Angel thinks Stan could be that man but he is married with kids.

The creators of Pose have taken liberties somewhat with maybe how homophobic society was back in the 1980s both in the USA and UK if you were gay, alternative or had HIV. Maybe this is deliberately glossed over, although you see Damon being kicked out of his house and Angel being turned down for a job. Pose does offer lots of glitz, glamour and pop music.

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