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Harlots: Season 1 (2017)




Critic Consensus: 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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A drama that centers on a brothel owner in 18th-century London as she struggles to raise her daughters while battling a ruthless rival madam.


Samantha Morton
as Margaret Wells
Lesley Manville
as Lydia Quigley
Jessica Brown Findlay
as Charlotte Wells
Jessica Brown
as Charlotte
Dorothy Atkinson
as Florence Scanwell
Pippa Bennett-Warner
as Harriet Lennox
Rory Fleck Byrne
as Daniel Marney
Kate Fleetwood
as Nancy Birch
Edward Hogg
as Thomas Haxby
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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20)

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

March 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.

March 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.

March 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.

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

It was soapily plotted and snappily written, but lacked depth. It was solid enough but with this estimable cast, it felt like a missed opportunity to make something more substantial.

March 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

March 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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