Pose is an American drama series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, televised on FX. The series premiered on June 3, 2018.

On July 12, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season, pushed back its premiere date from June 9, 2019, to June 11; it received another renewal from FX on June 17, 2019, for a third season, set as its final season to premiere on May 2, 2021.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

The series became avaliable for United Kingdom viewership on BBC Two, on March 21, 2019. It was also released on Netflix May 10, 2019.[8][9]


Pose is set in the world of the late-1980s to early-1990s and "looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world."

Season One

Upon learning of a diagnosis, Blanca Rodriguez moves forward in establishing a house of her own and making a mark, much to her house mother Elektra Abundance's displeasure. Kicked from his home for his sexuality, Damon Richards moves to New York City to begin his dream career of dancing, meeting a new guy on the journey. Leaving House Abundance into House Evangelista, Angel finds herself romantically invested in rich family-man Stan Bowes.

Season Two

Filled with optimism, Blanca Rodriguez sets out to have her children's dreams come true. She persuades Angel to move away from the life of prostitution to become a model, while Lil Papi seeks a romantic interest in her. Pray Tell takes part in activism, joining an organization of Judy Kubrak's suggestion.

Season Three

The year is 1994 and ballroom is a "distant memory" for Blanca, who is struggling "to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse's aide." Elsewhere, ballroom emcee Pray Tell is dealing with "unexpected health burdens" while, in the ballroom scene, a "vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy."[10]


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Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



It was announced on March 16, 2017, that FX had given the production a pilot order. The pilot was written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, all of whom produced alongside Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Sherry Marsh; Production companies involved included FX Productions and Fox21 Television Studios. Leiomy Maldonado and Danielle Polanco choreographed the series' ball scenes. Later, it was announced that Janet Mock and Our Lady J had joined the show's writing staff and set to produce the series as well.

It was announced that FX had granted the production a series for a first season consisting of eight episodes. Ahead of its premiere on May 9, 2018, Murphy announced all profits from the series to non-profit charitable organizations that aided LGBTQ+ people.[11][12][13] On July 12, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[14] On June 17, 2019, FX renewed the series for a third season.[4]


Murphy and his team started casting for the show in March 2017. The production, following six months of a nationwide casting search, announced they had assembled the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series, which included main cast actresses Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross; cisgender actors concurrently announced were Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter, and Dyllon Burnside. A day later, FX announced Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, and Tatiana Maslany were joining the series and set to portray their respective characters.[15][16]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was reported that Maslany had exited the series following redevelopment of her part into that of a 50-year old African-American woman. The character had been portrayed by Charlayne Woodard.[17] On September 19, 2018, Sandra Bernhard was promoted to series regular in Season Two, reprising her role as Nurse Judy.[18] Murphy, at PaleyFest, revealed a guest star from Patti LuPone for the season as well.[19][20]


Production for the series' pilot began in New York City in October 2017. The following first season episodes were expected to begin production in February 2018. Murphy directed the series' first two episodes and Mock directed the sixth, marking her as the first transgender woman of color to write and direct an episode of television.[21]

In March 2020, production for the third season was suspended due to the coronavirus fears. Upon its restart, filming wrapped for the third season on March 20, 2021.[22][23]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2018 Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Series -- Long Form Pose Nominated [24]
American Film Institute Awards Top 10 TV Programs of the Year Pose Won [25]
2019 Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series -- Drama Pose Nominated [26]
Best Actor -- Television Series Drama Billy Porter Nominated
Dorian Awards TV Drama of the Year Pose Won [27][28]
TV Performance of the Year -- Actor Billy Porter Won
LGBTQ TV Show of the Year Pose Won
TV Musical Performance of the Year Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez, & Our Lady J (performing "Home") Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Pose Nominated [29]
Best Actor in a Drama Series Billy Porter Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Television: New Series Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Todd Kubrak, Janet Mock, Ryan Murphy, & Our Lady J Nominated [30]
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Drama Series Pose Won [31]
Peadbody Awards Entertainment honoree Pose Won [32]
Television Academy Honors Honor Outstanding Programs and Storytellers Advancing Social Change Through Television Pose Won [33]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Breakthrough Performance Mj Rodriguez Nominated [34]
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in a Drama Pose Nominated [35]
Program of the Year Pose Nominated
Outstanding New Program Pose Nominated
Individual Achievement in a Drama Billy Porter Nominated
Gold Derby Film Awards Best Drama Series Pose Nominationed [36]
Best Drama Episode Love Is the Message Nominationed
Best Drama Actor Billy Porter Won
Best Drama Actress Mj Rodriguez Nominationed
Best Drama Guest Actor Christopher Meloni Nominationed
Best Ensemble The cast of Pose Nominationed
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Pose Nominationed [37][38]
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Billy Porter (for Love Is the Message) Won
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Alexa L. Fogel Nominationed [37][38]
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series Chris Clark, Barry Lee Moe, Jameson Eaton, Mia Neal, Tim Harvey, & Sabana Majeed (for Pilot) Nominationed
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series Sherri Laurence, Nicky Pattison Illum, Chris Milone, Deja Smith, Lucy O'Reilly, & Andrew Sotomayor (for Pilot) Nominationed
Outstanding Period Costumes Lou Eyrich, Analucia Mcgorty, Amy Ritchings, & Kevin Ritter (for Pilot) Nominationed
Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series Pose: Identity, Family, Community (Inside Look) Nominationed
2020 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor -- Television Series Drama Billy Porter Nominated [39]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Pose Nominated [40]
Best Actor in a Drama Series Billy Porter Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Mj Rodriguez Nominated
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guilds Television Series, Mini-Series or New Media -- Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling Barry Lee Moe, Timothy Harvey and Sabana Majeed Nominated [41]
Casting Society of America Television Pilot & First Season -- Drama Alexa L. Fogel, Kathryn Zamora-Benson and Caitlin D. Jones Won [42]
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Drama Series Pose Won [43]
Dorian Awards TV Drama of the Year Pose Won [44]
TV Performance of the Year -- Actress Mj Rodriguez Nominated
TV Performance of the Year -- Actor Billy Porter Won
LGBTQ TV Show of the Year Pose Won
TCA Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Billy Porter (for Love's in Need of Love Today) Nominated [45]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Billy Porter Nominated [46][47]
Primetime Creative Emmy Awards Outstanding Period Costumes Analucia McGorty, Nicky Smith, Alexa DeFazio and Linda Giammarese (for Acting Up) Nominated
Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling Barry Lee Moe, Timothy Harvey, Sabana Majeed, Liliana Meyrick, Lisa Thomas, Greg Bazemore, Jessie Mojica and Charlene Belmond (for Worth It) Nominated
Outstanding Period and/or Character Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) Sherri Berman Laurence, Nicky Pattison Illum, Chris Milone, Deja Smith and Jessica Padilla (for Acting Up) Nominated
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special David Presto, Greg Pikulski, Brett Schmidt, Lisa Forst and Keith Palmer (for Love's in Need of Love Today) Nominated
Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series Pose: Identity, Family, Community Nominated
Black Reel Television Awards Outstanding Drama Series Pose Won [48]
Outstanding Acotr, Drama Series Billy Porter Nominated
Outstanding Directing, Drama Series Janet Mock (for In My Heels) Won
Outstanding Writing, Drama Series Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy (for Never Knew Love Like This Before) Nominated


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Behind the Scenes


  1. ENews - Pose Season 2 Details Revealed: Time Jumps, Madonna and Dealing With HIV (August 3, 2018)
  2. The Hollywood Reporter - 'Pose' Renewed for Season 2 at FX (July 12, 2018)
  3. Twitter @PoseOnFX - https://twitter.com/PoseOnFX/status/1140757747241066496 (June 17, 2019)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Deadline - 'Pose' Renewed For Season 3 By FX (June 17, 2019)
  5. Variety - 'Pose' to End With Season 3 at FX (March 5, 2021)
  6. Twitter @FXNetworks - https://twitter.com/FXNetworks/status/1367841075814105094 (March 5, 2021)
  7. Twitter @PoseFX - https://twitter.com/PoseOnFX/status/1367837457543172100 (March 5, 2021)
  8. TVWise - BBC Two Sets UK Premiere Date For 'Pose' (March 1, 2019)
  9. Out - 'Pose' Will Begin Streaming on Netflix in May (April 23, 2019)
  10. Yahoo!News - Landmark LGBTQ series 'Pose' returning for 3rd and final season on May 2 (March 5, 2021)
  11. E! News - Ryan Murphy Announces 100 Percent of His Pose Profits Will Be Donated to LBGTQ Charities | E! News (May 9, 2018)
  12. Twitter - @MrRPMurphy https://twitter.com/MrRPMurphy/status/996469495999975429 (May 15, 2018)
  13. Twitter - @MrRPMurphy https://twitter.com/MrRPMurphy/status/997203104461410307 (May 17, 2018)
  14. Hollywood Reporter - 'Pose' Renewed for Season 2 at FX | Hollywood Reporter (July 12, 2018)
  15. Variety - Evan Peters, Tatiana Maslany Added to Cast of Ryan Murphy's 'Pose' (October 26, 2017)
  16. E! - Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, and Tatiana Manslay join new Ryan Murphy series (October 26, 2017)
  17. E! - Pose Ordered to Series by FX, Making TV History With Largest Transgender Cast of Series Regulars (December 27, 2017)
  18. Deadline - 'Pose': Sandra Bernhard Promoted to Series Regular Season 2 Of FX Drama | Deadline (September 12, 2018)
  19. Deadline - 'Pose': Patti LuPone Set As Guest Star For Season 2; Ryan Murphy Reveals Time Jump For FX Series -- PaleyFest (March 23, 2019)
  20. Variety - Patti LuPone Joins 'Pose' Season 2 on FX (March 24, 2019)
  21. Teen Vogue - Janet Mock Wrote and Directed an Episode of "Pose" and Made TV History | Teen Vogue (July 9, 2018)
  22. Deadline - 'Empire', 'Pose', 'Queen Of the South', 'The Resident' & 'American Housewife' Shut Down Over Coronavirus (March 14, 2020)
  23. Deadline - 'Pose' Shoot Comes To A Close; Creators & Stars Weigh In On Bringing Groundbreaking Drama To The End (March 20, 2021)
  24. Variety - Gotham Awards 2018 Winners Announced -- Full List (November 26, 2018)
  25. Deadline - AFI Awards 2018 TV: 'This Is Us' Is Lone Broadcast Show As FX Nabs 4 Of 10 Slots (December 4, 2018)
  26. Deadline - Golden Globes Nominations 2019 -- Complete List Of Noms (December 6, 2018)
  27. The Hollywood Reporter - 2019 Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Dorian Award Nominees (January 3, 2019)
  28. The Hollywood Reporter - 2019 Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Dorian Award Winners (January 8, 2019)
  29. Deadline - Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'The Favourite' Tops With 14, 'Black Panther' A Marvel, 'First Man' Rebounds; 'The Americans' Leads TV Series (December 10, 2018)
  30. Deadline - WGA Awards TV Nominations: 'The Handmaid's Tale', 'Barry', 'SNL' Among Noms (December 6, 2018)
  31. Deadline - GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Unveiled (January 25, 2019)
  32. Deadline - Peabody Awards: 'Barry', 'Killing Eve', Hannah Gadsby, 'Pose' Among Entertainment Winners (April 18, 2019)
  33. Emmys 12th Television Academy Honors Announced | Television Academy (April 16, 2019)
  34. TVLine - MTV Awards 2019 Nominations -- Full List of Nominees: Game Of Thrones (May 14, 2019)
  35. Deadline - TCA Awards Nominations: 'Pose' & 'Russian Doll' Lead With 4 (June 19, 2019)
  36. GoldDerby - Gold Derby TV Awards nominations 2019: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' Lead (July 24, 2019)
  37. 37.0 37.1 Hollywood Reporter - 'Pose' Star Billy Porter Nominated for Best Drama Actor, Trans Actresses Snubbed (July 16, 2019)
  38. 38.0 38.1 Emmys - Television Academy Awards (July 16, 2019)
  39. Hollywood Reporter - 2020 Golden Globes Nominations: Full List (December 9, 2019)
  40. TVLine - Critics' Chocie Award Nominations 2020 -- Full List of TV Nominees (December 8, 2019)
  41. Local 706 - WINNERS! 7th Annual MUAHS Guild Awards (January 12, 2020)
  42. The Hollywood Reporter - Artios Awards: 'Succession,' 'Pose,' 'Dead to Me' Among Casting Society TV Theater Nominees (September 24, 2019)
  43. The Hollywood Reporter - GLAAD Media Awards: 'Booksmart,' 'Bombshell,' 'Rocketman' Among Nominees (January 8, 2020)
  44. The Hollywood Reporter - 'Parasite' Tops Dorian Awards With 5 Wins (August 1, 2020)
  45. TVLine - TCA Awards: Watchmen, Unbelievable and Schitt's Creek Lead Nominations (July 9, 2020)
  46. The Hollywood Reporter - Emmy Awards: Nominations List (July 28, 2020)
  47. Emmys - Television Academy Awards (July 28, 2020)
  48. Black Reel Awards - Watchmen & Insecure Pace the Black Reel Awards for TV Nominations (June 18, 2020)

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