• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 3, 2018
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Jun 11, 2019
    91
    Pose applies the lessons learned from real-world history as well as its own to deliver a second season that’s just as lovingly crafted as its first, but with even grander spectacle and greater urgency—and in so doing, makes wearing your heart on your sleeve look downright fashionable.
  2. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jun 11, 2019
    90
    What’s remarkable is how much Pose manages to accomplish simultaneously—and without sacrificing the specificity of each character’s personality, relationships or aspirations. ... For producing such an extraordinary, uncompromising second season, everyone involved in the show deserves to take a bow.
  3. Reviewed by: Malcolm Venable
    Jun 10, 2019
    88
    At times, some of the dialogue affirming Blanca's choices to live and dream and hope feels like she's giving speeches pointed directly at the audience. Anywhere else, this might seem strained, but for Pose it's vital.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jun 7, 2019
    83
    There are a few times in the first four episodes where the show veers perilously close to pedantic. But overall, Pose still sparks one emotion more than any other, and that’s joy.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 20, 2019
    80
    [Realness] is what distinguishes Ryan Murphy's downtown drama in its fabulous second season. [24 Jun - 7 Jul 2019, p.11]
  6. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jun 11, 2019
    80
    This season of “Pose” is more assured, just as engaging, and certainly angrier than the first.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 11, 2019
    80
    “Pose” returns Tuesday night with a resolute confidence in both its big glimmer and its basic grit. It hasn’t gone out and gotten a major makeover for Season 2, but it has applied some necessary tweaks.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 10, 2019
    80
    Thus far, thankfully, the return to Pose isn't disappointing, and its promises, progressive and dramatic, are largely delivered upon.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 10, 2019
    80
    Innate decency and hopefulness casts a lovely spell over the whole endeavor, both last year and in Season Two. The story threads can feel thin and frayed at even the best of times, but the warmth of the series’ vision makes coherence much less important than the power of individual moments.
  10. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jun 9, 2019
    80
    The spectacle of “Pose” is a meticulous construct, one dazzles the beholder while concurrently prioritizing the humanity of its players. And in this new season the writers, including the creators along with Our Lady J and Janet Mock, who also directs, cash in some of that currency the show has built in popular culture by emphasizing visibility.
  11. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Jun 12, 2019
    75
    It’s admirable for “Pose” to experiment with its structure, even though those narrative flourishes detract from the message. The show is most successful when it balances the over-the-top ballroom spectacle with simplicity and authenticity.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 6, 2019
    68
    “Pose” remains an above-average character-driven cable drama, but it all feels a little more forced this year as the writers attempt to invent new stories for this collection of generally likable, striving LGBTQ characters.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 11, 2019
    63
    Too often, though, the series goes one step further by blaring that message out loud, with dialogue that suggests a kind of PSA speak. That isn’t so much an issue in scenes that see the characters fighting the menace of AIDS, as Pose knows that the gay community raised awareness of the disease in the bluntest of ways, but in various scenarios, like Angel’s pursuit of her modeling career, that are beholden to all manner of coming-of-age and aspirational clichés.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. Jun 12, 2019
    10
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  2. Feb 15, 2020
    7
    Season 2 unfortunately did what I expected it to, it pandered to its audience. The first half follows suit with the amazing first season, butSeason 2 unfortunately did what I expected it to, it pandered to its audience. The first half follows suit with the amazing first season, but around episode 5 there was no cohesive narrative. Main characters became secondary characters, there were spirits of the dead visiting, and basically this excellent show became quite a surrealist Angels in America look at the HIV epidemic. What was also strange was each character seemed to achieve their goals quickly, despite the horrible situations placed in front of them. Full Review »
  3. Jan 6, 2020
    10
    I like the series, I think this season, although it did not have as much impact as the first, was very good, giving good turns with theI like the series, I think this season, although it did not have as much impact as the first, was very good, giving good turns with the characters and although I resented the death of Candy, I liked that even if it happened they gave a perfect tribute, which she deserves Full Review »