Harley Quinn (Season 1) 2019

“So Let Me Get This Straight: You’re Not Over Your Ex, And You Want To Throw Your Success In His Face.”“So Let Me Get This Straight: You’re Not Over Your Ex, And You Want To Throw Your Success In His Face.”

“So Let Me Get This Straight: You’re Not Over Your Ex, And You Want To Throw Your Success In His Face.”

In its infancy, HBO Max has been a complete and utter disappointment. For Roku and Amazon Firestick users, the app isn’t available as a deal hasn’t been made with two of the largest streaming devices. Thus majority of users haven’t been able to watch the tons of shows and movies HBO Max has to offer. Another reason for the sheer disappointment is the fact that there were two established HBO apps – HBO Go and HBO Now. It’s absolutely confusing attempting to understand what the difference is between each app. Regardless, the Max app is available on IOS, Android, Sony and Microsoft current gaming devices.

DC Comics streaming service (owned by Warner Media, same as HBO) has come out with comic book series that are highly regarded as some of the best series in the genre and Harley Quinn doesn’t disappoint. With HBO Max out, majority of DC’s live action and animated content are on the app for those who didn’t subscribe to the DC streaming service. Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) is tired of being treated like shit by her boyfriend Joker (Alan Tudyk) who constantly takes advantage of her. She breaks up with him in the hopes of finding herself. 

In order to do that, she needs to actually get over him. Harley struggles to find her identity without having Joker by her side. That’s where Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) comes in. Ivy makes it her mission to break Harley out of her hypnosis that has Harley can’t seem to do on her own. Harley also craves to be in the Legion of Doom. To be considered for the Legion by Lex Luthor (Giancarlo Esposito), Harley puts together a crew consisting of King Shark (Ron Funches), Clayface (Alan Tudyk), Sy Borgman (Jason Alexander) and Doctor Psycho (Tony Hale). 

“The name is Clayface, thespian extraordinaire recently portraying the juicy role of country boy bartending in the big city!”

Making the decision to have this show be animated is probably the smartest decision that could have been made by DC and Warner Bros. Having it be animated means the creators are one hundred percent unhinged with this world. The voice acting is incredible by every single actor and actress. It’s intelligently written as the characters are able to be fully realized and fleshed out in a series rather than a 2 plus hour movie. The relationships between all the characters are unexpected to say the least as you never imagine having this team of characters interacting with each other on a given day. 

These characters are very complex as their interests and motivations are drawn out throughout the season. Doctor Psycho, after using some choice language when facing Wonder Woman (Vanessa Marshall) seeks to redeem his good name. He’s on a path of redemption – mostly with women and his son. Harley seeks her emancipation (similar to what the DCEU explores) but, the show is able to expand on the theme. Clayface just wants to act – he’s a showman and takes any opportunity he’s given to put his talents on display. 

As much as this is a group effort, this is still a show that primarily focuses on the relationship between Ivy and Harley. Just like any relationship, its complicated – very, complicated, but unique. Ivy is Harley’s rock, her support system and her shoulder to cry on. Their relationship is fascinating, its comparable to Bonnie & Clyde. Although Harley doesn’t recognize Ivy for being that support system, Harley comes to terms with it as they truly embody the term ride or die. One thing that makes this show work – besides the strong voice acting is the fact that we can understand Harley’s point of view. We have to remember that this is a show that mainly focuses on the villains. These villains are given the keys to the city and are allowed to wreak havoc with very little consequence. Sure Batman (Diedrich Bader) swoops in to lock up the bad guys but it doesn’t stick. Harley Quinn does a great job in recognizing how intelligent these supervillains are. 

“Already done, because I am this credit card’s reckoning! I am cutting this card, and I am cutting it in half…These blades are dull. I will bend it!”

There is a lot, and I mean a lot of blood, guts and gore in nearly every episode. The thing is, it’s not overdone. The moments of drama and character development allow this show time to take a breath. One of the standouts of this show is the vast unique cast of characters in the DC universe. Some of the funniest moments come from side characters like Bane (James Adomian), Kite Man (Matt Oberg) and Frank the Plant (J. B. Smoove).

Overall, Harley Quinn is a brilliant, over the top gory, funny, foul mouthed, intelligent show. It champions its female characters and puts them at the forefront while making them relatable. The voice acting is impeccable, the animation is easy to take in and the writing is perfect for what it is. A lot of credit is due to Kaley Cuoco as this show proves she shouldn’t be typecast. She is more than her Big Bang Theory character. If I were to rate the first season of Harley Quinn, I’d rate it a 4.3 out of 5. 

Harley Quinn season one premiered in 2019 and can be streamed on HBO Max. Harley Quinn season one has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88%. Harley Quinn was created for TV by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker & Dean Lorey and stars Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Jason Alexander, Ron Funches, Tony Hale, Giancarlo Esposito & J.B. Smoove. Harley Quinn is adapted by the comic character of the same name created by Paul Dini & Bruce Timm.

So, tell me guys, have you seen Harley Quinn season one and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 

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