Harlots: Season 1

Harlots: Season 1

Harlots: Season 1

A mother struggles to raise her daughters in 18th century London while running a brothel in this eight-episode show.

2017UK, USA
DramaHistorical
EPISODE 1.1

Episode 1

Margaret Wells’s 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?

EPISODE 1.2

Episode 2

An old friend’s return could be a godsend if Margaret can tempt him to invest in her brothel. But when an opportunity arises which could damage Lydia’s reputation, Margaret’s thirst for revenge puts all her... MORE plans at risk.

EPISODE 1.3

Episode 3

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... MORE outside their new home.

EPISODE 1.4

Episode 4

Margaret's debts mount in the face of Lydia's campaigns against her and Florence's religious tirades, while Charlotte helps to introduce Lucy to the highest echelons of society.

EPISODE 1.5

Episode 5

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 -... MORE will she take that chance?

EPISODE 1.6

Episode 6

When Howard offers to be Lucy’s keeper, Margaret is delighted, but Lucy’s reaction will bring all three Wells women into terrible danger. Lydia is out for revenge, but will she track Emily Lacey down?

EPISODE 1.7

Episode 7

The Wells are reeling after Howard’s death, and someone is sure to hang for his murder. Can Margaret keep all her girls safe? Emily is trapped by Lydia and fears for her life - will... MORE anyone find her before it’s too late?

EPISODE 1.8

Episode 8

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... MORE a terrible choice.

Harlots: Season 1 / Reviews

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

What the series does best is make smaller characters from both brothels emerge as fully fledged people in short order. ... Where Harlots struggles more is in trying to balance this portrait of a grittier world with the show's penchant for wanting things a bit snappier and more modern.

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Vox

Vox

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.

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Variety

Variety

Harlots is unsparing and sympathetic, able to find humor in its characters’ romps and compassion for the profession’s tragedies.

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Collider

Collider

There’s a hesitancy to confront the thicket of conflicting emotions that are being hinted at underneath the not-so-charmed life of the Wells girls and the women they work with (or against) but the origins and the precariousness of these feelings never quite explored with any daring or seriousness.

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Salon

Salon

Any potential discomfort one may have with the subject is soon overwhelmed by the spirited intelligence and sharp style with which this series is executed.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

The show’s largely played for dramedy and candy-colored history, all pastel set design and elaborate costumes that make everyone look like the Bride of Bowie Frankenstein. But the cheerful casualness defies a tough, battle-hardened heart.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The first two episodes effectively set up the larger conflict that’s brewing, but they also revel in the colorful cast.

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