Harlots: Season 1 (2017)

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Harlots uses its titillating subject matter to draw the viewer into a deeper drama about the intersection of survival, business, and family.

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Critic Ratings: 50

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User Ratings: 418

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 29, 2017

Margaret Wells' business comes under attack from a rival madam. As they risk losing everything, how much will Margaret and her daughters have to sacrifice to keep the brothel, and the Wells family afloat?

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Air date: Apr 5, 2017

An old friend's return could be a godsend if Margaret can tempt him to invest in her brothel.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2017

Lucy is promised to Lord Repton, but is she prepared for the experience that awaits her? Lydia's retaliation against Margaret might prevent her move to Soho, when the Wells are met with a baying mob outside their new home. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Apr 19, 2017

As Lydia's campaign against her takes a toll on business, Margaret bets everything on a masquerade - it will make them or ruin them. With Lucy's failures mounting, can Charlotte help her sister become a celebrated courtesan? -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Apr 26, 2017

Lord Fallon shows interest in Lucy - can she finally snare herself a keeper? Charlotte's decision to leave Howard puts her in danger. To escape Lydia, Emily has to risk more than one life - will she take that chance? -- (C) HULU

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Air date: May 3, 2017

When Howard offers to be Lucy's keeper, Margaret is delighted, but Lucy's reaction will bring all three Wells women into terrible danger.

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Air date: May 10, 2017

The Wells are reeling after Howard's death, and Margaret wants to all keep her girls safe.

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Air date: May 17, 2017

Emily's escape pits Lydia and Cunliffe against one another - which of them can earn the Spartans' trust? Margaret is in trouble, but to preserve her own life might cost another's death. She's faced with a terrible choice. -- (C) HULU

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Critic Reviews for Harlots Season 1

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22)

[T]his is a new style of historical drama, comparable perhaps to The Favourite but faster moving - and it's also differently inflected in being a show almost entirely created by women.

Jul 15, 2019 | Full Review…

I will say that Harlots, though undoubtedly rather over the top, is both well acted and quite wittily written.

Mar 31, 2017 | Full Review…

The show cheekily explores lots of topics, from the tension between religion and sex to the patriarchal power of a culture where men could plan their trips to the brothels right in front of their wives.

Mar 29, 2017 | Full Review…
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Harlots mostly pulls off a tricky balance of substance and tone. It's infinitely more jocular than...The Girlfriend Experience... but no less thoughtful when it comes to the dynamics of sex and power.

Mar 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Shocking and fascinating, Harlots will keep you watching not for the sex and nudity but for the women trying not to sell their souls along with their bodies.

Mar 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a bawdy, funny, gritty, and at times moving drama that flies in the face most of the period costume dramas we've seen on TV over the years.

Mar 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The single most refreshing aspect of Harlots is its inclusion of Black people in Georgian England.

Sep 19, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Too many characters, too little set-up, and nothing propelling it forward.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Harlots is fantastic story-telling and shows viewers a view of sex work through the eyes of women...This is a show about the female experience in a culture and system that is set in favor of the men...

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Much as the show walks the line between decadent and trashy, so does the storytelling, which can be faint and engrossing in equal measure.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With elaborate costume design from Edward K. Gibson, and enough drama to keep viewers intrigued, you won't want to miss the first season of this provocative drama.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

You just know it will end in tears, but whose we do not know. We may be too busy sniggering to notice.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harlots: Season 1

  • Sep 02, 2020
    Harlots was so much more than I was expecting. Yes, there are plenty of Harlots - and the related sex, tits, and ass, but these women are not here to be objectified. You can just *tell* this show is created/written/produced/directed by women. Despite this being a period drama, there are moments that cut through the centuries and could be about women and men today. The acting is all great too. Every character is well-rounded with flaws, strengths, passions, humour, and motives and the action is rapid.
  • Aug 29, 2020
    Soft porn for women with nothing in it for us chaps, this series was simply an excuse to parade lots of naked male behinds on screen. One accepts there will be more topless men than women on TV, but one does expect there to be a little more parity with bottoms. This was not the case and while numerous actors had to show their backsides not a single actress was required to do the same.
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Excellent show - fabulous characters, acting and sets.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    It is just believable and unpredictable enough to hold one's attention in a fun way. As a whole, the cast does not draw me in completely but enough to enjoy the story.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    Lesley Manville as Lydia Quigley and Jessica Brown Findlay as Charlotte Wells give life to this entire season...everybody else is kinda "meh"
  • Jul 16, 2019
    Superbly executed and written show. The casting is wonderf
  • May 05, 2019
    You will never truly understand the meaning of "binge watch" until you have watched this series. The word captivating can only begin to describe this astonishing show!
  • Mar 13, 2019
    I do not understand the rave reviews. A lot of the characters are horrible or just not interesting and the plot is shallow. There is nothing deep about it.
  • Aug 24, 2018
    Truly unique show with an odd insight on female empowerment vs. lack thereof. I usually do not watch dramas but this show does an amazing job at completely transporting you and immersing you into another world. The storyline remained unpredictible and the 'high stakes' feel never got stale for me.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    Best new show of 2017

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