From the writer of Girl’s Trip, Tracy Oliver has brought comedy, style, and relatability to our screens with the Prime Video original series, Harlem.
The series follows four ambitious best girlfriends as they take on love, their careers, and the nuances of being Black women in America. The silent main character Harlem, the mecca of Black culture sets the perfect backdrop for the adventures of the entertaining group of friends.
Camille [Meagan Good] is a driven professor of anthropology at Columbia University with an extensive knowledge of dating norms of other cultures yet struggles implementing this knowledge in her own life. Tye [Jerrie Johnson] is a successful creator of a queer dating app focusing on people of color however when it comes to her dating life, she prefers to keep her lovers at bay. Quinn [Grace Byers] on the other hand is a hopeless romantic determined to find true love while also struggling to keep her fashion designer dreams alive. Angie [Shoniqua Shandai] is an outspoken, confident, singer & actress living fabulously rent free in Quinn’s upscale apartment while aspiring to be the next big thing. Together they are each other’s biggest supporters, always keeping it real and as they maneuver through the challenges of life in their 30s, they know they will always have each other’s backs.
While many fans are anxiously awaiting the release of the woman centered show, there has also been quite the buzz surrounding the similiarites between Harlem and Starz comedy, Run the World with critics claiming to have too many shows from the Black female perspective. Oliver, creator of Harlem responds to critics by saying, “it’s slightly problematic to say there is too much content with Black women because what’s going to end up happening if we continue that narrative is that we’re not going to get a lot of shows with Black women and there are so many other stories that should be told.” The topics, issues and characters of Harlem are unique and if you don’t see yourself in one of the chracters, you can at least learn and laugh along with the plots. Harlem debuts on Dec. 3 on Prime Video.