Harlots: Season 1 Reviews

June 5, 2017
Harlots is, from the beginning, a lovingly researched, beautifully filmed, and superbly acted soap opera.
May 4, 2017
It's proto-feminism hidden inside corsets and ribboned shoes.
May 2, 2017
It is a kind of corrective. But still vigorously, disconcertingly bawdy. Highly recommended as unsettling, adult entertainment.
April 17, 2017
[Harlots] is certainly audacious. And ambitious. But whether it will be able to pull off it's fine-line feminist balancing act remains to be seen; this show may end up groundbreaking or it may end up a train wreck. In the meantime it's hard to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 30, 2017
Luckily, the show has Samantha Morton for its Margaret. She effortlessly holds the center, calculating and unguarded by turns. There is, as always, power in her silences, but she's aware that subtlety will only get you so far in a show called Harlots.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
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
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
Harlots is unsparing and sympathetic, able to find humor in its characters' romps and compassion for the profession's tragedies.
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