‘Harlem’ review: Amazon dresses up yet another quartet for success, this time from ‘Girls Trip’s’ writer
For Black ladies, sociology teacher Camille (Meagan Good) notes in voiceover at the beginning, “The number of actual dateable men is bleak. … We’re dealing with a real-life man deficit.”
Still, discovering a person is just one of the issues that Camille and her closest pals deal with, with the effective business owner Tye (Jerrie Johnson), who’s gay, having her own troubles fulfilling ladies.
On The Other Hand, Quinn (“Empire’s” Grace Byers) is having a hard time with her fashion-design organization, requiring her to reluctantly look for cash from her rich mama (Jasmine Person), while Angie (Shoniqua Shandai) is attempting to jump-start her carrying out profession with a function in the abovementioned musical variation of “Get Out,” if she can handle to keep her mouth shut about the program’s quirkier elements and her White co-star. (“Harlem” may be worth looking for the tunes showcased throughout those practice sessions alone.)
When It Comes To Camille, who acts as the program’s center, she is both craving the person that escaped while dealing with fresh headaches at work, with a brand-new head of her department (played by Whoopi Goldberg) who appears to practically whatever she does.
Still, amusing is amusing, and thanks to the mix of composing, casting and playfulness exhibited by that “Get Out” wrinkle, the characters and scenarios regularly pop here regardless of their familiarity. The program likewise leans into appropriate subjects, that includes Tye — who’s marketing a dating app for Black individuals — questioning if she’ll be viewed as a sellout for dating a White lady.
“Harlem” breezes through its 10-episode very first season with a self-confidence that its main gamers frequently do not have, with lots of runway left for more. While doing so, it uses another pointer that a series need not transform the wheel to provide a beneficial trip.
“Harlem” premieres Dec. 3 on Amazon.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.