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No need to leave the couch to travel to “Harlem.” The comedy series from “Girls Trip” creator Tracey Oliver, about four stylish and ambitious 20-something girlfriends navigating life in New York City’s mecca of Black culture, premiered on Amazon Prime Video December 3.
Meagan Good stars as Camille, a young anthropology professor at Columbia who, despite her extensive knowledge of cultures around the world, has a hard time with her own love life.
“In Harlem, educated Black women are forced to navigate a playing field in which men have significantly more dating options, so it’s not that we’re desperate or thirsty, we’re dealing with a real-life man-deficit,” Good’s character proclaims in Episode 1.
Also in the friend group: Tye (Jerrie Johnson), a successful creator of a queer-dating app who tends to go for Instagram models but prefers to keep vulnerability and romantic partners at arm’s length; Angie (Shoniqua Shandai), a free-spirited, confident, and outspoken singer-actress who lives rent-free; and Angie’s bestie Quinn (Grace Byers), a trust-fund baby, struggling fashion designer, and hopeless romantic.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can stream “Harlem” with a free 30-day trial, which also unlocks access to a full range of membership perks including award-winning TV and movies via Prime Video, along with free shipping, exclusive deals, and more. The membership will cost $12.99 after the trial ends, but Amazon offers EBT and student discounts that slice the monthly price in half.
The cast of “Harlem” includes Tyler Lepley as Camille’s ex Ian, and other recurring guests such Jasmine Guy who plays Quinn’s mother Patricia, and Whoopi Goldberg as Dr. Elise Pruitt.
Andrea Martin, Robert Ri’chard, Juani Feliz, Kate Rockwell, and Sullivan Jones also appear in the series, which is produced by Amazon Prime Studios in association with Kite Productions.
Besides “Harlem,” the lineup of Prime Video original series includes “Wheel of Time,” “The Boys,” “Hanna,” “Invincible,” “Good Omens,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Always Jane,” and “With Love.”