Harley Quinn (TV series)
|Music by||Jefferson Friedman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
Annie De Brock
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (Ultra HD)|
|Original release||November 29, 2019 –|
Harley Quinn is an American adult animated web television series based on the Harley Quinn character created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm that premiered on November 29, 2019 on DC Universe, and will initially consist of 13 episodes. The series is written and executive produced by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey and follows the misadventures of Harley Quinn and her best friend and partner in crime, Poison Ivy, after leaving her ex-boyfriend the Joker.
Cast and characters
- Kaley Cuoco as Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
- Lake Bell as Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy
- Diedrich Bader as Bruce Wayne / Batman
- Alan Tudyk as Joker, Basil Karlo / Clayface, Julian Day / Calendar Man
- Ron Funches as Nanaue / King Shark
- Tony Hale as Dr. Edgar Cizko / Doctor Psycho, Felix Faust
- J. B. Smoove as Frank the Plant
- Jason Alexander as Sy Borgman
- Matt Oberg as Charles Brown / Kite-Man, Waylon Jones / Killer Croc, Anatoli Knyazev / KGBeast
- Jim Rash as Edward Nygma / Riddler
- Chris Meloni as Commissioner James Gordon
- Giancarlo Esposito as Lex Luthor
- Wanda Sykes as Tsaritsa / Queen of Fables
- Rahul Kohli as Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
- Sanaa Lathan as Selina Kyle / Catwoman
- Tom Kenny as Clayface's Hand
- Vanessa Marshall as Princess Diana / Wonder Woman, Doris Zeul / Giganta
- Jacob Tremblay as Damian Wayne / Robin
- James Adomian as Bane
- Tisha Campbell-Martin as Tawny Young
- Sean Giambrone as Joshua Cobblepot
- Phil LaMarr as David Hyde / Black Manta, Jason Praxis
- Wayne Knight as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin
- Andy Daly as Harvey Dent / Two-Face
- Will Sasso as Maxie Zeus
- Briana Cuoco as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
- James Wolk as Clark Kent / Superman
- Natalie Morales as Lois Lane
- Chris Diamantopoulos as Arthur Curry / Aquaman
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Til Death Do Us Part"||Juan Meza-Leon||Dean Lorey and Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker||November 29, 2019|
|Following an unsuccessful yacht robbery, Harley Quinn is sent to Arkham Asylum; though she firmly believes that her boss and lover, Joker will break her out. A year later, her BFF, Poison Ivy, manages to get Harley out during a prison break and tries to convince her that Joker does not love her. Despite Ivy's support, Harley's attempt to break up with Joker fails after he sweet-talks her into staying with him. The Riddler, who also escaped Arkham, provokes Joker in sending Harley to kill him. Riddler captures her and Batman before threatening Joker to save one while the other gets submerged in acid. When Joker ultimately chooses Batman, Harley finally realizes she never meant anything to the former. It's also revealed the death trap was devised by Ivy and Riddler to drive that point home. Following a costume change, Harley officially breaks up with Joker and declares her intention to make a name for herself in the criminal underworld.|
|2||"A High Bar"||Matt Garofalo|
|Jane Becker||December 6, 2019|
|Determined to become one of the vaunted Legion of Doom, Harley attempts to make a big splash by crashing one of their criminal enterprises with Ivy's help. However, the party they crash is actually Penguin's nephew's Bar Mitzvah. When Joker gets wind of Harley's presence and arrives at the party, Harley struggles to dissociate herself from him and prove to the other attending villains how much better she is doing without him. This is exacerbated by her attempt to pull off a heist nearby, only to learn it was a staged heist with actors for Penguin's nephew to experience. Meanwhile, Ivy is relentlessly flirted with by Kite Man, who ends up inadvertently infecting some boys with her pheromones not knowing it will kill them by turning them into plants. They rush to her apartment to retrieve the antidote and arrive in time to help Harley fight off the other villains. Harley convinces them not to take abuse from Joker any longer, forcing Joker himself to leave the party. Despite what happened, Harley remains committed to her goal of become one of the Legion while Ivy cures the infected boys.|
|3||"So You Need a Crew?"||Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton||Jess Dweck||December 13, 2019|
|After Joker hijacks a robbery she was committing, Harley realizes that she needs a crew to pull off legit heists that will attract the Legion of Doom's attention. However, she struggles to recruit others to her cause due to her gender and her still living in the Joker's shadow. After talking with the Queen of Fables, Harley decides she needs other villains who are looked down upon like her and recruits disgraced Wonder Woman villain Dr. Psycho and Clayface, Gotham's shapeshifting thespian extraordinaire. For their first heist, she decides to rob Maxie Zeus' Olympic Gold Medals as revenge for insults he made against her during her quest. Despite their initial struggles, they ultimately succeed after brutally beating up Zeus while their theft makes the news; causing the media to consider her a potential competitor for the Joker, much to the clown prince's ire.|
|4||"Finding Mr. Right"||Juan Meza-Leon||Jess Dweck||December 20, 2019|
|In search of a nemesis, Harley goes after Batman by stealing the Batmobile, but ends up with the adolescent Damian Wayne / Robin, making her the laughing stock of the criminal underworld. Robin appears on a talk show and lies about Harley agreeing to be his nemesis. After a failed attempt to get Superman to be her nemesis by kidnapping Lois Lane, Harley recruits King Shark into her crew, captures Robin, threatens him into confessing he lied, then reveals the talk show audience behind a curtain. When King Shark goes berserk after smelling blood, Batman arrives and subdues him, then gets into a three-way brawl with the arriving Joker, Harley, and Ivy which ends when Joker kidnaps Robin and Batman pursues them. Much to Ivy's dismay, she and Harley's crew are evicted from their apartment. Batman later comforts a rescued Robin and assures him he can wait until he is ready for his own nemesis.|
|5||"Being Harley Quinn"||Juan Meza-Leon||Adam Stein||December 27, 2019|
|While shopping around for a new lair, Harley cannot decide and goes into fourth degree brain-freeze. Ivy has Dr. Psycho bring them, Clayface, and King Shark into Harley's mind, where her consciousness meets them. However, Harley accidentally locks them in after inadvertently triggering her mental defenses. Trying to find the "Emergency Exit" in her subconscious, Harley discovers her indecision comes from the belief her "origin story" was not her decision; later learning she altered her memory to believe that her becoming a villain was Joker's doing. Choosing the moment she broke up with Joker as her true "origin story", Harley cures herself somewhat. Outside, the landlord, Sy Borgman, thinks Harley and her crew committed suicide and attempts to cremate them. At the last minute, everyone wakes up. Seeing the abandoned mall they woke up in, Harley decides to make it their new lair. Borgman, a former secret agent, asks to join Harley's crew, and she accepts.|
|6||"You're a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon"||Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton||Tom Hyndman||January 3, 2020|
|Harley's crew steals a mysterious device from Wayne Enterprises, but Clayface's arm is severed. The arm comes to life and James Gordon, who becomes depressed after Batman declared that they are not friends and confiscated the Bat-Signal for abusing it, interrogates the hand on the location of Harley's crew, but eventually bonds with it. While Harley, Clayface, and King Shark try to recover the hand, Ivy and Dr. Psycho seek revenge on an online personality called the Cowled Critic, who slandered them. King Shark is beaten by police and sent to prison. Ivy and Psycho learn the Cowled Critic is the latter's estranged son Herman, and he makes amends with him. While in a shoot-out with Gordon, Harley discovers the device is a teleporter when it sends her to the Batcave. Harley realizes she has been selfish and ignoring her teammates, then encourages Batman to help stop Gordon, who is obsessively defending the hand. Batman makes amends with Gordon, Clayface reabsorbs his hand, and Harley and her crew escape. As they celebrate, they realize they forgot about King Shark and quickly break him out of prison.|
|7||"The Line"||Juan Meza-Leon||Laura Moran||January 10, 2020|
|When Queen of Fables is transferred from her U.S. Master Tax Guide Book prison to Arkham Asylum, Harley frees her so she can join her crew. They successfully steal a personal force field device from S.T.A.R. Labs, but when the Queen slaughters an innocent family who witnessed them, the crew are horrified and kick her out. They then use the force field device to steal a weather controlling machine from Kord Industries to ransom the city, but the Queen shows up to steal it for herself. They are interrupted by Jason Praxis, a surviving member of the family with electrical powers who seeks revenge on the Queen for their murder. Harley uses the force field device to protect the Queen, subdue Praxis, and get her to leave. Killing Praxis on her way out however, she tells Harley that only villains willing to cross any line can succeed, and that she'll regret letting her live. The crew later tries to program the weather machine, but accidentally cause it to self-destruct after too many password errors. Meanwhile, Ivy starts dating Kite Man, but his idiocy leaves her embarrassed to be around him in public.|
|Tom Hyndman||January 17, 2020|
|After Harley's crew steals jewels from Aquaman's kingdom, they are invited to join the Legion of Doom. Lex Luthor secretly reveals to Ivy that he is not actually interested in Harley and will not let her join unless she joins as well. Ivy angrily refuses and tries to warn Harley of Luthor's treachery. Aquaman breaks into the building beating up several villains and seeking revenge for the theft, but Harley tricks him into breaking an aquarium and he leaves to save the fish. As thanks, the Legion inducts Harley as an official member. Harley accuses Ivy of lying to her and they angrily part ways. Meanwhile, Dr. Psycho and Sy Borgman deal with a tentacled monster in their mall lair's basement which turns out to be Borgman's mutated sister Mirielle. Psycho uses his psychic powers to let the siblings communicate and reconcile, but Mirielle is released into the streets and goes on a rampage. The next day, Harley and her crew minus Ivy go to the Hall of Doom and Luthor tells Harley that the Joker wanted to see her.|
|9||"A Seat at the Table"||TBA||TBA||January 24, 2020|
On November 20, 2017, it was announced that the then-unnamed DC Universe had ordered 26 episodes of Harley Quinn, a half-hour adult animated action-comedy series created and written by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey. Executive producers were set to include Halpern, Schumacker, Lorey, and Sam Register with Jennifer Coyle serving as a producer. Production companies involved in the series were slated to consist of Ehsugadee Productions and Warner Bros. Animation. The first season will consist of 13 episodes of the initial 26-episode order.
In June 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere in 2019. In October, it was further mapped as an October 2019 premiere. It was also reported that Kaley Cuoco would also serve as an executive producer for the series through her production company Yes, Norman Productions.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was reported that the producers of the series were expected to approach Margot Robbie, who portrays the character in the DC Extended Universe, to reprise the role. Other characters expected to be featured in the series included the Joker, Poison Ivy, Sy Borgman, Doctor Psycho, Malice Vundabar, King Shark, and Clayface.
On October 3, 2018, it was announced that Cuoco would voice Harley Quinn and Lake Bell would voice Poison Ivy. Additional voice actors in the series include Alan Tudyk as Joker and Clayface, Ron Funches as King Shark, J. B. Smoove as Frank the Plant, Jason Alexander as Sy Borgman, Wanda Sykes as the Queen of Fables, Giancarlo Esposito as Lex Luthor, Natalie Morales as Lois Lane, Jim Rash as Riddler, Diedrich Bader reprising his role from Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Batman himself, Tony Hale as Dr. Psycho and Christopher Meloni as James Gordon. Shortly after, Rahul Kohli revealed he would voice Scarecrow in the series. In June 2019, Sanaa Lathan was revealed to be voicing Catwoman, who will be depicted as African American. On July 24, 2019, Vanessa Marshall revealed to be reprising Wonder Woman from Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. While on the following day, TV Guide revealed that veteran voice actor Charlie Adler has been confirmed to serve as the series voice director.
Harley Quinn premiered on DC Universe on November 29, 2019. On October 3, 2018, ahead of the annual New York Comic Con, a teaser trailer featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Batman was released. A full, uncensored trailer set to Joan Jett's cover of the theme song from The Mary Tyler Moore Show was released on July 20, 2019 to coincide with the panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
On Rotten Tomatoes season 1 has an approval rating of 89% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 8.28/10 . 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." 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)."
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