Harley Quinn: Season 1 (2019)

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Harley Quinn

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A strong voice cast and an even stronger grasp of what makes its titular antiheroine so beloved make Harley Quinn a violently delightful -- and surprisingly insightful -- addition to the DC animated universe.

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User Ratings: 488

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Air date: Nov 29, 2019

Harley Quinn (KALEY CUOCO) has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker (ALAN TUDYK) and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this half-hour adult animated action-comedy series. With the help of Poison Ivy (LAKE BELL) and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom! In the series premiere, Harley Quinn is fed up being the Joker's sidekick and strikes out on her own -- determined to become the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2019

Determined to become one of the vaunted Legion of Doom, Harley attempts to make a big splash by crashing one of their criminal enterprises with the help of her BFF, Poison Ivy (LAKE BELL). Will she succeed, or be humiliated in the process?

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Air date: Dec 13, 2019

Realizing that she needs a crew to pull off legit heists that will attract the Legion of Doom's attention, Harley attempts to recruit disgraced Wonder Woman villain, Dr. Psycho (TONY HALE) and Clayface (ALAN TUDYK), Gotham's shape-shifting thespian extraordinaire.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2019

Up-and-coming supervillain Harley Quinn goes after a nemesis.

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Air date: Dec 27, 2019

Harley's crew has to enter her mind to save her.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2020

When Clayface loses his arm in a heist, it turns out to be not only evidence for Jim Gordon (CHRISTOPHER MELONI), but also a key witness against Harley and her crew.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

Harley breaks the Queen of Fables out of prison.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2020

Harley gets an invite to the Legion of Doom's prospective members party, but Ivy discovers that it's Lex Luthor (GIANCARLO ESPOSITO) they're really after. Will this cause a rift between the two besties?

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Air date: Jan 24, 2020

After becoming a newly minted member of the Legion of Doom, Harley naturally finds she must time with The Joker (ALAN TUDYK). Now that they're equals, will Harley backslide into her old toxic relationship with Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime?

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Air date: Jan 31, 2020

After a falling out with her crew, Harley heads back home to Bensonhurst, where he doting mother waits for her...and her deadbeat dad, who's more dangerous than anticipated.

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Critic Reviews for Harley Quinn Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (6)

Sharp voice performances across the board from actors clearly relishing the chance to play in this world also prove too fun to resist.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The animated Harley Quinn series invites its viewers to contemplate and even critique the versions of Harley we've seen before.

Aug 24, 2020 | Full Review…

This foul-mouthed, exceedingly violent series looks like an old-fashioned Saturday-morning cartoon, but it quickly sets about sending up superhero shows, romantic comedies, male chauvinism and anything else.

Aug 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Multiple components go into making Harley Quinn the successful show it is from the scripts to the voice talent to the animation.

Feb 16, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This is a show that doesn't shy away from the fact that Harley - and the other villains she pals around with - kill people without a second thought. It's gory and brutal and very, very funny.

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Harley Quinn is both entertaining, insightful and inspiring, and opens doors to great possibilities for DC Comics animation.

Mar 3, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm not saying you shouldn't watch Harley Quinn but I am saying I didn't find it to be everything that it could have been with the right voice actress for our anti-heroine and a different bunch of storylines.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Kaley Cuoco is a revelation.

Dec 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The series does a great job in proving something that all us Harley fans have known since her inception: Harley Quinn is much more than her relationship with Joker.

Dec 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's close to being excessive, but it never quite crosses that line.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There's an edgelord quality to every episode that becomes tiring after a while, but, to the show's credit, Harley Quinn at least approaches its extreme content with a wry smile, if not a knowing wink.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

I just don't think this show has the power right now to keep audiences coming back week after week for more. For now, the series is a good background show for when you want a laugh while doing other things.

Dec 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harley Quinn: Season 1

  • 8h ago
    Absolute fresh adaptation of characters like Harley and Ivy, presenting story full of humour, engaging plot lines and interesting characters. Definitely one of the best or even the BEST DC animated media out there.
  • Feb 18, 2021
    This latest interpretation of fan-favorite Batman villain/anti-heroine Harley Quinn is an absolute knockout, thanks to relentlessly sharp writing, R-rated content, and perhaps most surprisingly heart! It's no secret that the influx of new Batman material in the last decade or so has been simply voluminous, but what makes Harley Quinn eclipse its peers is that it almost acts as a parody towards the franchise, while still respecting the canon. Laughs are plentiful throughout these 13 episodes, and its methods for addressing current trends and social norms (i.e. social media, false news, feminism) are as on-point as any live-action sit-com currently airing. It's edgy stuff too, with enough gore and f-bombs per episode to fill up Tarantino's filmography, which should keep comic-book readers happy, but even non-fanboys should find something really appealing about Harley Quinn's story. We see our titular heroine survive an abusive relationship, as well as attempt to rise in an career-path that generally shuns women, and even as the situations grow ever more absurd, this base subtext remains firmly sensitive (perhaps taking a page from Bojack Horseman). Dare I call this is the best DC Comics adaptation since The Dark Knight? Well...I certainly shall!
  • Feb 15, 2021
    this whole cartoon is very bad, it's like its written by a 13 year old girl ! this surely must be what makes the audience, if you have known the original Harley Quinn you know this mary-sue, dead-pool copycat, lgbt fan service version is NOT the one. 1992 The Batman: Animated Series original one is still the best Harley out there and a lot of the newer versions have miserably failed to display Harley Quinns interesting personality and behaviour properly, even her voice is NOT spot on, as well as other issues like misrepresentation of Joker. Harley quinn is officially NOT Harley Quinn.
  • Feb 06, 2021
    love it and great show and actor who play Harley Quinn is cool and nice and awesome show you should watch this show it lot blood and gun people get shot and a men turn in car ran from the cop and took a car and Harley Quinn broke up with joker and make her own after broke up with joker and his team
  • Jan 22, 2021
    It just wasn't my cup of tea. I had heard so many good things about this show that I decided to check it out for myself. A lot of the jokes were clever I will admit. However, if something is not your usual fare, it's hard to really connect with it. This saved me the time I would have spent watching season 2.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    I was hyped thinking I was going to see the 90s version of Harley but they used the stupid updated gothic version....This version is for those new DC nerds who didn't grow up with the original version. It wasn't necessary for them to change Harley's style because the original 90s version holds up too strong which makes these new versions pointless...I mean look at the Simpsons characters today compared to the 90's...they didn't go out of style didn't they. BRING BACK 90S BATMAN ALONG WITH HARLEY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE TRUE REAL DC FANS WANT TO SEE AND IT'S SO DAMN SIMPLE FOR DC TO DO!!!.
  • Dec 11, 2020
    Harley Quinn is great! I only gave it a half a star cause it hits you at full speed ahead at the climax. MOVE SLOWER!
  • Nov 28, 2020
    This is interesting to watch
  • Oct 13, 2020
    So I don't write show/season reviews because that can be a lot to watch and keep track of. Harley Quinn was doable though because even with the relatively high amount of episodes, the show never really spreads itself too thin, and it's much more consistent than I think most people would expect. This is the easiest kind of show to screw up because the easiest way to do it is for Harley (Kayley Cuoco, in arguably her best role since 8 Simple Rules) and company to never, never change, and just wreak havoc on Gotham with no clear plan week-to-week. Instead, Harley and her team are a real ensemble, characters are depicted with fresh approaches, and the show's humor is varied in a way that reminds me of the best moments of South Park. It's not perfect, but it's another deep breath of fresh air from DC that Marvel and other publishers should keep an eye on. So first, that ensemble and those characters. The main plot of the season is that Harley has broken up with Joker (Alan Tudyk), so part of making a name for herself involves putting together a crew and pulling off some big scores of her own design. That crew is Poison Ivy (Lake Bell), King Shark (Ron Funches), Dr. Psycho (an unrecognizable Tony Hale), the classically-trained, Shakspearean-style Clayface (Alan Tudyk), and occasionally Ivy's plant Frank (J.B Smoove) and Ivy's landlord Sy Borgman (Jason Alexander). With the title character, Cuoco said "I didn't want to force an accent or try to be someone I'm not. I'm ‘Kaley as Harley,' and accepting that early on enabled me to me free and very authentic." That seems to be true of all the actors and characters. It leads to things that possibly have never been attempted before with these icons in any medium. For instance, Batman (Diedrich Bader) and Gordon's (Christopher Meloni) relationship feels similar to how Batman and Joker's has been on the screen since The Dark Knight. It's explored and parodied at the same time. So, we get Gordon flipping the Bat Signal on-and-off because he needs to talk about his marriage with his closest confidant. To anyone familiar with Meloni's other work, the extra-level of meta-ness is a bonus. If they got their own spin-off, or even their own comic, it would be a lot of fun. Even though this isn't their movies, this style fits neatly with the DC's and WB's post-Batman vs Superman and Justice League strategy of not trying to copy Marvel and just letting their creators do their own thing, and that's really the last thing I expected from Harley Quinn. This could've been an animated Deadpool clone that was all off-the-wall humor but no substance. Instead, there's an actual story throughout the season and a long arc that takes like four episodes. And Harley and Ivy's relationship especially shines. They banter well together and look out for each other. Ivy calling Harley out on her crap when it comes to Joker is especially welcome. It's one thing for the new movies to the toxicity, but having a voice of reason spell the consequences of that relationship is a much needed and appreciated extra mile. It's a friendship that makes people with some familiarity with them want to seek out the comics and fan-cast a Pamela Isley that would have great chemistry with Margot Robbie. Also, a small but impactful change for Ivy is she's less of an eco-terrorist. She has a line she doesn't want to cross, and it's incredibly humanizing. That demonstrates real effort on the part of the writers and directors. Speaking of them,' the scripts and dialogue should definitely be addressed a little. Like I said, the humor had a certain South Park quality to them, and that's not just due to the MA rating of the series. It's in the little things, too. South Park will have these jokes that could fit in on The Simpsons. One was Emmanuelle Lewis appearing as a "Dictionary Official" when the boys get a word redefined. When he shows up, Stan just says "Oh, it all makes sense now." They're probably just there because it's the funniest line Stone and Parker could come up with, but I think it's also another way to show that there's more beneath the surface, especially early on with a new series. In Harley's case, one such joke is about the young age of a tree monster, as shown by the rings. It's a good laugh, in the middle of a lot of chaos toward the end of the season. Finally, one problem with the show is that some episode endings seemed a little rushed so that they could save pieces of an arc for the rest of the season, but that's better than dropping storylines entirely. Another is that the animation and action could be better. With a higher budget, it could definitely take inspiration from Birds of Prey's (reviewed here) fight scenes and look as fluid as Spectacular Spider-Man. So, as mentioned, DC appears to be expanding in ways that Marvel and other publishers aren't yet. On top of other MCU shows that Marvel has planned, there's also a What If series that could be their approach to being something like Harley Quinn. After the perfect stopping point with their movies, I hope it is because this is the best time for them to start something new. The same goes for Image, Valiant, which just had a rocky start with Bloodshot, and other competitors. DC tried to learn from Marvel, copy them, and failed. Now, everyone can learn from DC, experiment, and succeed. The series can be viewed with a subscription to DC Universe. The second season is coming out now, so you might want to try waiting until that ends to get the 7-day trial, and then binge the show along with anything else you have time for. The first season is also being sold digitally wherever you regularly buy shows.
  • Oct 07, 2020
    Just Brilliant! Can watch it over and over again.

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