Pose ends its revolutionary first season with style and substance

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A defining quality of Pose is its absence of suspense. There has never for a second been any doubt that Blanca would win the “Mother Of The Year” award that has been teased all season. There’s never any doubt that House Of Evangelista will win the ultimate house battle against House Of Ferocity in the season finale.…

Pose preaches kindness in its complex celebration of motherhood

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The parallels presented in Pose’s “Mother’s Day” create moving, layered moments of symmetry and juxtaposition. Much of the story centers Blanca, giving Mj Rodriguez more opportunities to showcase her vast range of skills as she delivers yet another stellar performance (at this point, it almost feels redundant to point…

The best TV of 2018 so far

Disappointing season of your favorite prestige drama got you down? Let down by the big sitcom revival that promised to open up a dialogue, but just wound up taking potshots at easy (and vulnerable) targets while setting up a runway for Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing over at Old Man Murdoch’s place? A thousand Netflix…

Pose digs deep into fears and insecurities in another emotional, intimate episode

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As with any great ensemble series, Pose has not only a deep roster of talent but a rich tapestry of characters with lives that overlap but also bring different things to the table, standing on their own. Sometimes ensemble series will still have a sneaky protagonist around whom everyone else orbits, but that really…

Ryan Murphy replaced Trump with James Van Der Beek on his new FX series

Despite getting his start as a moony, painfully earnest cinephile in Dawson’s Creek, James Van Der Beek has become surprisingly adept at parody, first lampooning himself in Scary Movie and Don’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23, then heading up the winking biopic series What Would Diplo Do?. His role in the upcoming FX drama, …