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Harlem season 1 review – a fresh take on the comedy genre

December 3, 2021

This Amazon Original Series Harlem Season 1 review contains no spoilers.

The show comes from the mind of Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the films Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)Girls Trip (2017)and Little (2019), and the comic series First Wives Club. As for the series itself, it has 10 episodes, all of which are around 30 minutes long. Harlem is a modern and stylish comedy that follows the lives of four ambitious (and brilliantly written) women who live in Harlem, New York.

These four women are Camille (Meagan Good), Angie (Shoniqua Shandai), Quinn (Grace Byers) and Tye (Jerrie Johnson). Camille is a university professor who is desperately trying to climb the ladder in her career. But while her life seems to be headed in the right direction, will the appearance of her ex Ian (Tyler Lepley) force her to wonder where is she going? And does the arrival of Dr Elise Pruitt (Whoopi Goldberg) create problems for Camille’s career? Angie is an outgoing, personality-packed singer who, after failing to “do it”, now sleeps on Quinn’s couch. After a few professional disasters, Angie wonders if she’s good enough for the industry. But armed with a mission to accomplish, Angie’s character lights up every scene she finds herself in. Since she comes with little to no filter, she has a fabulous vibe no matter where she goes.

Angie’s “roommate” Quinn, who doesn’t charge rent, is desperate in love and even more desperate to impress her mother. Her goal is to become a successful fashion designer, but with her mother criticizing her every move, can she prove that she is worth it even if her business fails? As for Tye, she is a successful businesswoman who created a dating app for gay people. But with its share of secrets, will his past be his downfall? While the four are particularly individual, they work incredibly well as a cast. These four characters are, without a doubt, the best part of Harlem.

As for the 10 episodes, their quality improves as you progress through the season. The first episode isn’t the best of the bunch, nor are the four main characters great to watch. But after the third episode, the series takes on its full meaning. Humor levels improve and the characters become much friendlier. As Harlem is a comedy series, the storylines are pretty typical of what you would expect in a comedy i.e. work issues, relationship dramas. But with the sheer quality of the characters, it still works. Overall, although the plots have already been written, Harlem feels fresh and modern. The vibe of the show is good to live in and it’s exciting to think about where the show might go if it returns for a second season.

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