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What to Watch on Sunday: Behold the joy, the tragedy and the glamour of 'Pose'

(L-R): Indya Moore as Angel, Ryan Jamaal Swain as Damon and Mj Rodriguez as Blanca in the series premiere of "Pose" on FX.
(L-R): Indya Moore as Angel, Ryan Jamaal Swain as Damon and Mj Rodriguez as Blanca in the series premiere of "Pose" on FX. JoJo Whilden/FX

Pose (10 p.m., FX) — Quite simply, we've never seen a show like this on television. Not only is the new Ryan Murphy series focused specifically on LGBTQ members of the late 1980s New York City ballroom scene, it is written by and stars gay and trans writers and actors. It celebrates the glamour, the tragedy, the bitchiness and the joy of its characters, but most of all, it celebrates families. More specifically, it celebrates found families, or chosen families. The families people make for themselves when their birth families let them down; what Raleigh-born writer Armistead Maupin calls the “logical family” (“the one that actually makes sense for us,” he writes). The show is thrilling and touching and you’ll be emotionally invested by the end of the first episode. It’s a world I’m guessing few of us really know, but one we’ll be all the better now for knowing.

Also on tonight . . .

Dateline NBC (8 p.m., NBC) — Sixteen parents fighting to end hazing at fraternities, including the family of a Clemson student, speak out together for the first time.

The Fourth Estate (9 p.m., Showtime) — The second episode of this documentary series about The New York Times’ coverage of the Trump administration deals with the firing of FBI director James Comey and the aftermath.

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