Dear White People 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 / A smart, self-reflexive, and creatively adventurous college comedy unfairly pre-judged by its title


Far more self-aware than one might think, Dear White People isn’t just a progressive comedy that puts its politics front and center—it’s also heavily critical of its own so-called “woke” characters and their hypocrisy, but never in a cruel way that betrays its own beliefs. It’s a show all about the contradictions of existing as Black in America, especially within a prestigious institution that claims to take pride in its diversity while asking its students to compromise on parts of their identity. And all of this is done with impeccable style, a rapid pace that actually enhances the comedy, and a large cast of well-written characters who intersect in fascinating ways.

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