Wow! Loved the pilot episode of P-Valley, a new Starz TV drama on the good, bad, ugly lives of mostly black women of a Mississippi strip club, the Pynk. It got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Inside the World of P-Valley: youtube.com/watch?v=pzDKajKh2f0
If you loved the J. Lo movie Hustlers, "P-Valley" is a grittier sociological view of the stripper life, black women, and the South. Creator Katori Hall interviewed 40 strippers to create this world. She says it's a way "to show black, Southern culture in a nuanced way."
"P-Valley" is very real, showing economic hardship, physical abuse, emotional/psychological dramas, etc. It also has a very flamboyant transgender character and also covers the male staff members of the club. The characters are deep and complex, not just there for eye candy.
I was blown away by the quality (acting, writing, directing, cinematography) of this show! The best TV dramas cover a foreign subculture most of us don't know, like "Breaking Bad" (meth drug culture), "Sons of Anarchy" (motorcycle gang culture), etc.
I love "P-Valley's" otherworldly language, vocabulary, and dialogue. Combining black and stripper club slang, it's poetic, real, and rich in a Shakespearean way, just like the Kentucky Appalacian slang of "Justified" made hillbillies sound like poets.
If you want a gritty, unvarnished look at life in a strip club, you MUST see "P-Valley"!
Brandee Evans, the amazing actress who plays the top stripper and queen bee of the club, Mercedes, was a high school English teacher and department chair before becoming a professional dancer and actress. She will blow you away! You'd never guess she was an English teacher.
Elarica Johnson, who plays the ingenue stripper Autumn Night, is also outstanding!