Amazon Prime Video Harlem is clever, funny, a little bit inappropriate, and totally enjoyable. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Amazon Prime Video‘s Harlem dropped on the streaming service this weekend. The series has a very Sex In The City meets HBO’s Insecure vibe and centers around four black women navigating through their friendships and relationships in New York. The ten-episode series stars Meagan Good, Jerrie Johnson, and even the legendary Whoopie Goldberg. Harlem is funny, clever, and inappropriate, but is it safe for kids and teens to watch? Check out the details in my parents guide review.
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Amazon Prime Video Harlem Parents Guide
A group of four friends follow their dreams after graduating from college together.
Amazon Prime Video Harlem Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Amazon Prime Video Harlem.
Language: Amazon Prime Video’s Harlem contains very strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, b*tch, sh*t, a**h*le, p*&&y, d*ck, t*tty, and the n-word.
Sexual Content/Nudity: The series contains many sex scenes, including intercourse, oral sex, thrusting, and nudity. Nude scenes include bare breasts and backsides.
Mature Content: The show contains adult themes centered around relationships; including friendships and love interests. There are conversations that discuss racism, being queer, and more. Characters are shown consuming alcohol.
Amazon Prime Video’s Harlem is created by Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote popular films like Girls Trip, Little, and Barbershop: The Next Cut. Audiences can immediately recognize Oliver’s hand in this new comedy series, which is funny, clever, inclusive, and stylish. The series consists of 10-episodes, with each episode running around 30 minutes long, and it’s relatable and fun. The series starts off a bit unsteady. The first episode was a bit of a struggle to get through, but once viewers cross the hurdle and become invested in the four main characters, there is no turning back.
The four core characters consist of four women of color and range from successful, career-driven women to a failing artist who fakes a Jamaican accent to score a job as a nanny. The series is funny yet poignant as it touches on racism and the medical community, when a character requires emergency surgery after a doctor dismisses her pain, concluding she was there to “score” drugs. While Harlem touches on these sensitive topics, at its core, the series really delves into relationships, both friendship and romantic ones. The series is not only inclusive regarding race but also sexual preferences, as one of the main characters is queer and has created an app, sort of like Match.com or Tinder, that is designed for the LGBTQ+ community, but with a twist: it is for only people of color.
While Harlem may remind viewers of shows they have seen before, think Sex in the City, it delivers a fresh take on these old themes. It doesn’t just take a que from other popular shows of the type by making it more inclusive though, it actually refreshingly updates standards to the modern day of what is and should be acceptable in current society. Despite some of the subject matter which may be off limits for children of a certain age,it is a worthy series deserving of the time for adolescents and adults.