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Dear White People is an American comedy-drama television series on Netflix that follows several black college students at an Ivy League institution, touching on issues surrounding modern American race relations. It is based on the 2014 film of the same name. The film's writer and director, Justin Simien, returned to write and direct episodes of the series. Each episode focuses on a particular character, except for the finale. Netflix ordered ten 30-minute episodes and the first season was released on April 28, 2017. On June 30, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which premiered on May 4, 2018. On June 21, 2018 the series was renewed for a third season.

The first two episodes of the series were previewed at SXSW, where The Hollywood Reporter spoke positively of the series, stating, "Retaining all of its razor-sharp wit and then some, Dear White People, Justin Simien’s acclaimed 2014 big-screen satire of racial relations and identity set at a fictional Ivy League college, has transferred impressively to TV." Peter Debruge, writing for Variety, praised the show's writing, directing, social commentary, and cast. The New York Times praised the show's examination of concerns such as appropriation, assimilation, and conflict.

On Rotten Tomatoes, season one held an approval rating of 100% based on 47 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 8.59/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Timely, provocative, and sharply written, Dear White People is an entertaining blend of social commentary and incisive humor." On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 85 out of 100, based on 21 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". See "Dear White People (2017)". Retrieved May 22, 2018.

On Rotten Tomatoes, season two holds an approval rating of 100% based on 25 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 9.58/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Dear White People's endearing excellence returns, but with an added layer of emotional maturity that enhances the show's powerful, relevant meditations on race relations in America." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 89 out of 100, based on 7 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

Controversy The initial trailer for the TV show attracted some angry responses, with the series being accused by some Twitter users of being racist to white people; they called for a boycott of Netflix. The YouTube trailer for the series received more "dislikes" than "likes", with RT observing a 10:1 ratio of dislikes-to-likes as of 11 February 2017. Series creator Justin Simien responded positively to the backlash, saying it reiterated the point of the series, and brought more attention to it as well. Lead actress Logan Browning noted that many of the critics who have given the show rave reviews are white.

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