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Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons, and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the 1980s. Making television history, Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, including Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross, who co-star alongside Tony Award® winner and Golden Globe® nominee Billy Porter, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Angel Bismark Curiel, and Dyllón Burnside. Sandra Bernhard and Charlayne Woodard round out the ensemble. The Golden Globe-nominated drama also features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.
Upon receiving an HIV-positive diagnosis, Blanca Rodriguez (Mj Rodriguez) is forced to confront her mortality and dedicates herself to leaving a legacy. With the encouragement of her friend Pray Tell (Billy Porter), the fierce patriarch and emcee of the house balls, Blanca breaks from Elektra (Dominique Jackson), mother of the House of Abundance, and starts her very own “house,” a self-selected family that provides support to LGBTQ youth rejected by their birth families. Blanca’s newly formed House of Evangelista becomes a haven for anyone searching for a home, and Blanca’s new family soon includes streetwalker “Angel” (Indya Moore), aspiring dancer “Damon” (Ryan Jamaal Swain), and his boyfriend “Ricky” (Dyllón Burnside) and street-wise “Lil Papi” (Angel Bismark Curiel). After a rocky start, the upstart House of Evangelista soon overshadows all becoming a premiere force in the ballroom. Their meteoric rise culminates with Blanca receiving the community’s ultimate honor when she is crowned “Mother of the Year.”
Three years later, it’s 1990 and the ball scene is being exposed to the mainstream for the first time, forcing the House of Evangelista to reevaluate its goals. Meanwhile, the AIDS crisis continues to ravage the community and the reaction from a group of activists reaches a fever pitch.
Pose was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, who executive produce alongside Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Sherry Marsh. Janet Mock is a co-executive producer, and Our Lady J is a supervising producer. Lou Eyrich, Tanase Popa, and Erica Kay also serve as producers. The ten-episode second season is produced by Hulu Productions.