Harlem Season 2 Review: What Happen at the End of the Story?

The premiere season of Harlem, which aired in December 2021, swiftly established itself as a lively, colourful, and dramatic tapestry of the contemporary Black experience. The series was an instantaneous pleasure that unquestionably merited more attention than it received.

In Tracy Oliver’s (Girls Trip) Harlem, four thirtysomethings — Camille (Meagan Good), Quinn (Grace Byers), Angie (Shoniqua Shandai), and Tye (Jerrie Johnson) – strive to juggle love, careers, and the general demands of life in the titular Harlem.

After introducing the fascinating and dynamic characters that will serve as the series mainstays, the first season of the romantic comedy put its protagonists at several crossroads.

The show’s second season is tasked with wrapping up these stories and introducing the second season’s plotline without a hitch. Therefore, we return to the series barely moments after the conclusion of the first season.

Season 2 quickly wraps up all the loose ends left by Season 1’s conclusion, and even manages to create false hope that all will work out, particularly for Camille. In the final seconds of the programme, however, when we first see Jameson (Sullivan Jones), we are reminded that nothing is ever so simple.


The second season of Harlem begins with a bang, placing actions and consequences front and centre. In fact, the series makes no pretence that its characters are flawless. Instead of admitting Mary Sues, Harlem embraces the nuances and complexities that govern humanity.

Harlem Season 2 Review
Harlem Season 2 Review

The quartet of pals makes numerous errors, but the season makes a concerted effort to help them learn and develop. This message of progress was evident in the initial episodes, as characters coped with the consequences of their choices, assumed responsibility, and even embraced new chances.

Harlem does a wonderful job over the entire season of addressing contemporary romantic relationships, jobs, and friendships in a way that feels authentic and will relate with its viewers.

Although the friendship between Camille (Good), Tye (Johnson), Quinn (Byers), and Angie (Shandai) is the most prominent relationship in Season 2, the other relationships in their lives are explored to a gratifying degree.

In the end, their relationships with their parents prove to be the most intriguing. Camille, despite her best efforts, is a reflection of her mother; and despite having the world’s best father in guest star Rick Fox, Quinn still devotes a significant portion of her life to gaining their approval.

After meeting Angie’s family, there is no doubt where her unwavering confidence originates. It is logical, given what we know about Tye’s history, that her parents do not show, and this in itself is revealing.

Many of the guest stars, from Sherri Shepherd to Lil Rel Howery, provide captivating performances, blending the show’s humour with the gravity of their presence.

This supports the notion that the show’s cast is its strongest asset. From Jasmine Guy to Rachel True, the supporting cast delivers entertaining and engaging performances, blending perfectly into the culture of Harlem.

Harlem Season 2 Review
Harlem Season 2 Review

However, Byers’ Quinn is Season 2’s star character. This season puts the ever-optimistic Quinn through the ringer, and Byers handles her challenges, anguish, and journey to happiness with calm and authenticity.

This season, the girls continue to support one another, creating a realistic, wholesome, and perhaps even aspirational dynamic. The chemistry between the major cast members is enhanced by the audience’s observation of deeper interactions between group members than in the previous season.

As a result, Harlem establishes itself as a feel-good series that highlights the actual experience of a Black lady in the present day without diminishing the challenges she endures.

Harlem’s wide comedy strokes are obviously absurd at times, but that is precisely what makes them effective. In a media world concerned with the depiction of trauma in all its forms, I will gladly accept silliness and humour. Seeing Black joy embraced so brightly and impressively is a welcome counter-programming.


The series makes conscious steps to avoid depictions of pain, trauma, and the pervasive romanticization of all the ways in which the current system harms people of colour, especially women of colour. It portrays love, relationships, careers, and self-discovery with subtlety and distinction through an escapism-based reality.

This is not to imply that certain character decisions will not be unpleasant (yeah, I’m looking at you, Camille); nevertheless, the season makes a vow early on to let the characters make mistakes and grow from them, and it honours many of its decisions with amazing dedication.

By the end of Season 2 of Harlem, the characters are in quite different places than they were at the beginning of the season – happier, better places… at least until a cliffhanger ending that demands answers immediately (and a third season).

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Harlem Season 2 Trailer

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