Harlots: Season 1 Reviews

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April 19, 2017
Harlots may be the most outstanding period drama debut on television since Game of Thrones -- and that every episode is written and directed by women doesn't hurt one tiny bit.
March 31, 2017
I will say that Harlots, though undoubtedly rather over the top, is both well acted and quite wittily written.
March 30, 2017
Dramas about sex work can go wrong in dozens of ways, but this smart, nuanced, feminist series is perhaps the best portrait of prostitution to ever hit the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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March 29, 2017
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
There's plenty such rambunctious Anglo-Saxon to ravish the ear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 29, 2017
This is the TV equivalent of what English people of a certain age like to refer to as a "marmalade dropper:" a story so shocking that you spill jam off your toast.
March 29, 2017
[A] riotous period drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 29, 2017
There's a hesitancy to confront the thicket of conflicting emotions that are being hinted at... but the origins and the precariousness of these feelings never quite explored with any daring or seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 29, 2017
In spite of its flaws, Harlots is far more addictive and even thoughtful than I initially gave it credit for. It doesn't shy away from its characters' more morally horrifying choices, nor the devastating circumstances that led them there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 29, 2017
Harlots is unsparing and sympathetic, able to find humor in its characters' romps and compassion for the profession's tragedies.
March 29, 2017
Harlots, on the other hand, is a fizzy fantasy of female independence - and a beguiling one at that.
March 29, 2017
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2017
Series creators Moira Buffini and Alison Newman have combined their prestige drama and soap opera sensibilities to produce a scintillating confection, one that's distractingly pretty and frequently gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 29, 2017
Harlots efficiently maintains its focus on the significant and understandable motivation keeping these women in the game and at each other's throats.
March 29, 2017
The neverending battle to stay solvent, stay relevant and stay independent in a ruthless, snakes-and-ladders universe. Hulu's new drama, Harlots, has it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
March 28, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2017
What the series does best is make smaller characters from both brothels emerge as fully fledged people in short order.
March 28, 2017
The script is evocative of Fielding's Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749) or Defoe's Moll Flanders (1722), and the performances are sublime
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2017
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.
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