Harley Quinn is an American adult animated television series based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.
The newly single Harley Quinn sets off to make it on her own as the criminal queenpin in Gotham City.
Why It Rocks
- Impressive animation, reminiscent of the DC Animated Universe shows like Batman: The Animated Series.
- It's nice to finally have a show that focuses on Harley Quinn for once.
- Surprisingly good voice acting, especially Alan Tudyk as the Joker (though he isn't as iconic as Mark Hamill).
- Harley Quinn and her friends are all well-written characters.
- Clever writing and comedy.
- Amazing action scenes.
- Teaches that you should leave toxic relationships, and manages to do it without demonizing men in general, as did.
- One scene in episode 3 of season 1 can be considered anti-Semitic by some, as it makes use of Jewish stereotypes like Jews loving money.
- Might be too gory and violent for some people and viewers, but never disturbing.
On Rotten Tomatoes, season 1 has an approval rating of 88% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 8.25/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A strong voice cast and an even stronger grasp of what makes its titular antiheroine so beloved make Harley Quinn a violently delightful—and surprisingly insightful—addition to the DC animated universe." Season 2 has an approval rating of 100% based on 20 reviews with an average rating of 9/10, and a critical consensus stating, "Harley Quinn maintains its frenetic energy and humor while doubling down on the shenanigans and giving its titular anti-heroine even more room to play." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on reviews from 7 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Caroline Framke of Variety wrote: "The animation feels like that of a typical Saturday morning cartoon, but its acidic scripts and shocking bursts of gore reminds you that Harley Quinn is taking full advantage of airing on a streaming service without censors. [...] Sharp voice performances across the board from actors clearly relishing the chance to play in this world also prove too fun to resist. [...] Most importantly, Harley gets to be an entire person all her own, as heartbreakingly naive as she is wickedly strange and funny." Robyn Bahr of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "It's one of the best surprises of the year. [...] 13 zippy, violent and irreverent half-hour episodes. [...] The writing is frequently uproarious, chock full of Millennial nostalgia and cerebral gallows humor (the former may be low-hanging, rapidly-perishable fruit, but at least the show knows how to embrace its audience)."