Harlots: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 48


Audience Score

User Ratings: 407
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Air date: Mar 29, 2017
Air date: Apr 5, 2017
Air date: Apr 12, 2017
Air date: Apr 19, 2017
Air date: Apr 26, 2017
Air date: May 3, 2017
Air date: May 10, 2017
Air date: May 17, 2017

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Samantha Morton
as Margaret Wells
Lesley Manville
as Lydia Quigley
Jessica Brown Findlay
as Charlotte Wells
Jessica Brown
as Charlotte
Eloise Smyth
as Lucy
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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Critic Reviews for Harlots Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (21)

[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…
Top Critic

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 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.

Mar 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…

From Harlots one could expect a drama of the time with more tango-like overtones, but it manages to navigate in sordid and complex themes in an entertaining way. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

On the surface, it's a show about sex... But in truth, this is a show about power, about female ambition, and the ways in which women risk themselves in order to survive.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harlots: Season 1

  • 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
  • Aug 21, 2018
    Love love love this show!!!
  • Aug 21, 2018
    Season 1 was top notch! I fell in love with all the ladies. Yes even Quigley. Even though I lost one of my favorite characters Sir George. I am really happy with the way the show played out. More. More. More!!!!
  • Aug 20, 2018
    Love this show. The storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat.
  • Aug 20, 2018
    Amazing series. It just gets better and better. Everything about it is brilliant.

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