I had delayed making a thread about this show because I love it too much. Just watch the show.
I haven't had a show like this ever. This is a show about a group of young people growing up in 1970s Bronx when it was literally burning who want to escape the poverty of their lives and find success through their creativity.
It's a show that allows for black nerdiness as something intrinsic to the characters and not something tacked on to be extra. Shaolin unironically loves blackbelt theater and modeled himself around the culture. Ra-Ra loves Star Wars and superheroes and references them constantly when problem solving. Dizzie expresses his almost transcendent ideas about identity through graffiti art about a top hat-wearing alien.
It's also a show that actively acknowledges the lives and contributions of gay people to music culture.
It's also actively displaying the joint culture between black and latinx people living in cities together, even distinguishing between Puerto Ricans and Cubans.
On top of that, it's not dour and sad. It's a show of vibrant colors, and the music is fantastic and well-incorporated into the show.
This show gave me life.
1/2 of the BR Leech Octagon Hall of Fame