Pose is a visually stunning and emotionally wrenching look at the lives of queer people of color in New York’s ’80s ballroom scene.

While the show tackles difficult realities like the HIV/AIDS crisis and the systematic oppression faced by gay and trans individuals, it refuses to give in to tragedy and instead uplifts, giving equal times to the joys of dance, first loves, ballroom victories, and the love shared by found families. The amazing costumes and lovable (and love-to-hatable) characters are just a few of the reasons to tune into Pose on FX, and it’s a decision no one can possibly regret.

Set in the 1980s, “Pose” is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scene. Blanca forms a “house,” a self-selected family that provides support to LGBTQ youth who have been rejected by their birth families. Damon is a dancer who joins Blanca’s house. Together, they compete in the balls — where house members challenge each other in various categories and are judged on their outfits, attitude, or dance skills — against Blanca’s former house mother, Elektra.

Pray Tell is Godfather to the children who compete in the balls. Angel is a streetwalker who develops feelings for a new client, Stan, who has a loving wife, Patty. James Van Der Beek co-stars as Stan’s boss, Matt.