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Brothel owner, Margaret Wells, struggles to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Harlots

Harlots - S2E8

#1 - Episode 8


Season 2 - Episode 8

The women galvanise themselves into taking action against Fallon, leaving Lucy in a difficult position. But will Lydia get away with what she has done, or will justice come knocking?

The episode was rated from 209 votes.

Harlots - S3E8

#2 - Episode 8


Season 3 - Episode 8

As Blayne tightens his grip on power, Lydia is faced with a terrible choice. And with the Wells-Pincher feud coming to a head and Nancy firmly in Hal’s sights, just how far is he willing to go for revenge?

The episode was rated from 128 votes.

Harlots - S2E6

#3 - Episode 6


Season 2 - Episode 6

Trapped inside Golden Square, Charlotte’s future looks bleak – unless she can convince Lydia of her loyalty. Meanwhile Lucy makes a terrible mistake and Margaret must risk everything to save both her daughters.

The episode was rated from 227 votes.

Harlots - S1E8

#4 - Episode 8


Season 1 - Episode 8

Emily’s escape pits Lydia and Cunliffe against one another - which of them can earn the Spartans’ trust? Margaret is in trouble, but to preserve her own life might cost another’s death. She’s faced with a terrible choice.

The episode was rated from 443 votes.

Harlots - S3E4

#5 - Episode 4


Season 3 - Episode 4

The disastrous events of the night before leave the whole town reeling. As more details are uncovered, suspicion starts to spread through Soho. Who’s to blame for this tragedy?

The episode was rated from 150 votes.

Harlots - S3E5
#6 - Episode 5
Season 3 - Episode 5

As Margaret turns her mind to revenge, her family wonder just how far she’ll go to get justice for those she loves. But with the clock ticking, can North and Lucy protect her from the law?

The episode was rated from 141 votes.
Harlots - S3E2
#7 - Episode 2
Season 3 - Episode 2

With Charlotte's brothel damaged by fire and all of her savings up in smoke, she is determined to retaliate -- but the Wells women need to be clever; the Pinchers are violent men; Lucy offers to help her sister in a way that benefits her business.

The episode was rated from 148 votes.
Harlots - S2E7
#8 - Episode 7
Season 2 - Episode 7

Margaret’s family reel as they discover how dire her situation now is. Margaret awaits her fate while Charlotte desperately implores allies and enemies for help, but Lydia is contriving a way to end their feud for good.

The episode was rated from 228 votes.
Harlots - S2E4
#9 - Episode 4
Season 2 - Episode 4

With the doors to Golden Square barred by the authorities, Lydia must try every trick in the book to get back on top. Can Margaret and Nancy secure the witnesses they need before she once more gains powerful protectors?

The episode was rated from 232 votes.
Harlots - S1E6
#10 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6

When Howard offers to be Lucy’s keeper, Margaret is delighted, but Lucy’s reaction will bring all three Wells women into terrible danger. Lydia is out for revenge, but will she track Emily Lacey down?

The episode was rated from 484 votes.

Last updated: sep 24, 2021



Game of Brothels - Betrayal, Politics, Sex and Revenge in the Struggle to Become Queen of Whores: Surprisingly addicting. Game of Throne-esque betrayal, alliances, bribery, coercion, corruption, politics, sex, and revenge. Harlots inspires empathy for the plights of the heroines - the brothel madam and her youngest daughter. You really root for the madam's struggle to keep her girls from harm and rise up through the ranks of brothels to move up in station and compete with the Queen of Whores. Harlots touches on racial and class issues and even features the occasional gigolo, during a time in which one in five women in old London make their livings as whores. It shows how religious zealots, the law, and the masses can be manipulated as pawns in the political, carnal, racial, and socioeconomic power struggle that is the Game of Brothels...


its dirty, its naughty, its racy, its everything against decency and its deadass one of the best shows ive ever seen! the acting is very good, the music is addicting and the story -battle of brothels- is one of the most exciting and most original ideas ive ever seen! please for the love of god, and everything that stands against god (i.e. this show), watch it! 10/10


This isn’t your standard period drama, Harlots is done in a similar vein as Peaky Blinders but with worse writing and some really annoying male leads. I could overlook the modern soundtrack and the overall style if there was an interesting story behind it all but it’s not there. it feels cheap and hollow. Most of the men are just so unbelievably horrible you can’t wait until they’re off the screen. Problem is they are central figures in the show so they’re in a lot of scenes. The ones that seem like they could be interesting, like Margret Well’s partner, are written so thin it’s a wonder they have a last name. Another thing that stood out is the cavalier way Harlots handles serious subjects such as rape, murder, pimping etc. Like mere formalities it has to go through before it can go back to showcasing the characters jaunty antics. There are moments when characters reflect the emotions you’d expect for a given subject but it rarely leads anywhere. There is very little growth overall. I don’t understand the great reviews this show has. I gave it until the third episode in season 2 to improve but if anything it only got worse.


Overall I'm pretty fond of this show. Especially the first season. It had me sucked in right from the first episode. I do think this show has the rare problem of being a little too fast paced. I don't think this is a that big of a problem, as it is only a little bit, but its probably the reason why some people here say it feel likes they skip over the serious subjects. Because that's just kind of how they treat everything, and it stands out more with the obvious things you'd expect to have a more long-term effect. The show probably would've benefited from making the seasons a bit longer, so they could have taken the time to give everything the attention it deserves. I think the major problem with this show is one many shows have, in which it seems like they have no real long-term plans and just make the story up per season. This always makes for a really rough transition between seasons. The story doesn't flow together well and its hard to get into again each time. 'Harlots' seems to take this particularly hard. At the end of the first season, there are a lot of arcs they just kind of drop. Like they're just got tired of it and said "yeah we're done with this", instead of actually giving it a logical and satisfying conclusion (some examples: [spoiler]Harriet getting her children back, Charlotte's plans to run away with Daniel Marney[/spoiler]). It also has one of the biggest character purges between seasons I've ever seen. Almost all of the supporting cast disappears. Some get a quick, not very well thought out moment which explains their leaving, but most get some one-line mention or are just never seen again without any explanation at all. Which I think is shame, because there we're a lot of interesting characters among them of which I would have liked to have seen more (eg. [spoiler]Daniel Marney, Thomas Haxby, Marie-Louise D'Aubigne, Betsey Fletcher, Rasselas, Benjamin Lennox, Lord and Lady Repton, Caroline Howard, Christopher Rutledge[/spoiler]). And it makes all the new supporting characters that were added to replace them feel a lot more shallow and empty.


This is simply one of the best, diverse, feminist show on television right now. Written, directed and produced by women, this is a show that despite its subject matter doesn't cater to the male gaze. It is a show less interested in sex that on how power and love (or lack of) impacts on the lives of women as well as the ramifications of generational violence within families.

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