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Remarkable ‘Pose’ is poised for final season

From left:  Indya Moore, Ryan Jamaal Swain, and Mj Rodriguez in "Pose."
From left: Indya Moore, Ryan Jamaal Swain, and Mj Rodriguez in "Pose."JoJo Whilden/FX

A number of shows are leaving this year, including “Claws,” “Conan,” “The Kominsky Method,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Insecure,” and “Mom.” The list also includes one of my favorites, “Pose,” whose first season was No. 1 on my 2018 year-end top 10. The FX series will conclude with the third season, due on May 2.

“Pose” has been remarkable for its groundbreaking portrayals of trans women, its use of trans actresses, and its stunning, you-are-there take on AIDS. A number of recent shows have looked back at the early years of the epidemic, including “GLOW,” “The Deuce,” and “It’s a Sin.” But none has brought as much emotional power to the subject as “Pose,” which has also zeroed in on the communities first affected by HIV and often ignored.


The final season, which will be seven episodes, will take place in 1994. Most of the cast members are returning, including Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter, Ryan Jamaal Swain, and Angel Bismark Curiel. Good on all the behind-the-scenes people, including Ryan Murphy, who’ve decided to keep “Pose” from running on too long. They’re keeping it short and very bittersweet.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.