Harlem Season 1: Release Date, Cast And More

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If you're an ambitious woman finding yourself flourishing and flailing through your 30s in equal measure, there's a new show coming to Amazon Prime that's just for you. Honestly, it appears that "Girls Trip" writer Tracy Oliver's "Harlem" is for anybody who loves romance, drama, and just a dash of devastating realness. With the added nuance of being set in the titular predominantly-Black NYC neighborhood (and preeminent mecca of Black American culture) of Harlem, this show will certainly be one to watch for. Below you'll find all the details about the forthcoming series, such as when it'll hit streaming, who's starring, and more.

Harlem Release Date and Where to Watch It

All 10 episodes of the first season of "Harlem" will be available to stream on Amazon Prime on December 3 — just in time for cozy holiday binge watching.

What Is Harlem About?

It's a familiar premise with a much-needed update. Four best friends living in the NYC neighborhood of Harlem navigate the complexities of their 30s, which includes romantic troubles, challenging career prospects, and the general cacophony of living in the city. There's Camille, an adjunct anthropology professor at Columbia who specializes in dating practices across cultures, but can't seem to figure out her own love life. Tye is a successful entrepreneur who launched a queer dating app, but won't let her guard down enough to forge a true connection with the right woman. Fashion designer Quinn is a hopeless romantic, and as such often has her naïveté get the better of her — but at least her sizable trust fund is always there to cushion her landing. Lastly, there's ambitious singer/actress Angie, who also benefits from Quinn's inheritance by way of living as her rent-free roommate. Though all four friends come from different walks of life, it's clear that their collective bond is stronger than any individual struggle the girls go through.

Harlem Cast

The cast of "Harlem" is full of familiar faces as well as break-out lead performances. Camille is played by Megan Good, whose credits range from the Southern gothic 1997 film "Eve's Bayou" to the recent Fox TV series "Prodigal Son." Tye is brought to life by Jerrie Johnson, a Penn State alum who had her TV debut on Freeform's "Good Trouble." Quinn is played by Grace Byers, who is best known for her role as the ruthless Anika on "Empire." Finally, there's Shoniqua Shandai, whose voice fans might recognize from her stint as Sunstone on the animated Cartoon Network show "Steven Universe." Tyler Lepley ("P-Valley") also makes an appearance as Camille's recent ex Ian. The great Whoopi Goldberg is even in the mix, embodying the role of Camille's academic idol Dr. Elsie Pruitt. Also featured in supporting roles are Jasmine Guy, Andrea Martin, Robert Ri'chard, Juani Feliz, Kate Rockwell, and Sullivan Jones.

Harlem Creator, Writer and More

Tracy Oliver is the creator behind "Harlem," who also wrote the movies "Barbershop: The Next Cut" (2016), "Girls Trip" (2017), and "Little" (2019). Additionally, Oliver has the distinction of having created/written another hit TV show, that being BET's "First Wives Club."

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Oliver offers some insight behind her inspiration for making "Harlem": 

"There just wasn't a lot of like Black female friendship stories on the air, and those have always been my favorites...Usually what I do when there's something missing that I really want to see is I just decide, okay, well I'll just write it. So I did."

You simply have to appreciate that level of drive and dedication when it comes to manifesting what you want to see on screen.

Harlem Trailer and Synopsis

Finally, now you can watch the trailer for Prime's "Harlem," and read the official synopsis below.

From writer Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), Harlem is a new comedy following a group of stylish and ambitious best girlfriends in Harlem NYC, the mecca of Black culture in America. Camille is a popular young anthropology professor at Columbia with extensive knowledge of the dating norms of many cultures, but has a hard time navigating her own love life; Tye is a successful, queer dating app creator who prefers keeping vulnerability—and romantic partners—at arm's length; Quinn is a hopeless romantic and trust fund fashion designer who is trying to give back to the world while running a struggling business; Angie is a confident, vibrant, and filter-free singer and actress who also lives rent-free and fabulously with Quinn. Together, they level up from their 20s into the next phase of their careers, relationships, and big city dreams.