A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Harley Quinn goes on a literal trip through her psyche during the series. She explores the trauma she faced in her relationship with the Joker and learns to overcome her past with the support of her friends. However, there is still a serious disregard for human life throughout the series.
Positive Role Models
The series follows supervillains who only look out for themselves and will stop at nothing to get whatever it is they desire. That being said, Harley's best friend Poison Ivy is her greatest supporter on her journey of self-discovery. Harley also finds mentors in other female villains who want to take down The Legion of Doom and their misogynistic practices.
Violence & Scariness
Faces are burned off with acid, characters are shot, stabbed, burned alive, and have their limbs torn off. There is no shortage of blood, guts, and death in this series, and characters are killed for sport.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is talked about often and explicitly. Innuendo is one of the major forms of humor in the series. Harley is adamant that Batman has intercourse with bats. Sex is not shown on screen but is implied when characters sneak off together. There are some sloppy make-out scenes. Female characters often wear provocative clothing. Some instances of pixilated genitalia. Male characters often seek out sexual favors from female characters in exchange for their assistance.
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Incredibly frequent cursing throughout the series, including "f---k," "s—t," and every other four-letter word in the book. One character's journey begins with him trying to save his reputation after calling a woman a "c—t." There is also a lot of trash talk and potty humor throughout the series, such as a joke the Joker makes about Harley wanting to taste urine.
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Products & Purchases
Harley Quinn is part of the sprawling DC Comics franchise. Villains steal gold, money, and other luxury items. Poison Ivy constantly replaces flat-screen TVs broken by Harley as well as designer furniture. New device releases from Bruce Wayne's company Wayne Tech are occasionally mentioned and sought after. The Joker complains to Bruce about not yet receiving the electric car he pre-ordered.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink frequently and occasionally show drunken behavior. Adults and talking plants are also seen smoking cigarettes and marijuana. There are some mentions of other drugs, such as cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Harley Quinn is an explicit adult animated comedy based on characters from the DC multiverse. Harley is working to become one of the best supervillains in Gotham. This comes with a lot of gratuitous violence and death. Characters are killed in gruesome ways, including being shot, stabbed, dissolved in acid, and having their limbs removed. There are frequent mentions of sex and sexual innuendo as well as the appearance of some pixilated genitalia. Characters use every curse word in the book ("f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.) Underneath the racy and grisly nature of this series are themes of female resilience and empowerment.
Is It Any Good?
Sex, drugs, blood, and guts galore, Harley Quinn is an action-packed adult comedy that is not suitable for teens. Although the series is well-paced and gives an interesting perspective on the consequences of abusive relationships, it doesn't make up for the crass humor and violent nature of its characters.
Older teens may enjoy seeing Harley take down the misogynistic supervillains that try to keep her "in her place." One of the major themes of the series is that women can be just as powerful and deadly as men, but with the increasing value of female villains comes a decreasing value of human life in general as innocent people, including children, are thoughtlessly slaughtered. The goal of overcoming a male-dominated society is a noble one, but the series pushes this theme a little too far and tends to cross the line into pandering instead of entertaining.
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