For so long, it seems like TV shows have starved black women and women of color of sisterhood representation, but Prime Video’s “Harlem” is changing that. The hit comedy series, created by Tracy Oliver, premiered on December 3, 2021 and returned for its highly anticipated second season on February 3, 2023. The show’s premise revolves around the lives of four women in Harlem – Camille (Meagan Good), Quinn (Grace Byers), Angie (Shoniqua Shandai) and Tye (Jerrie Johnson) – as they juggle their tumultuous love lives, friendships and careers.
The bond the quartet shares on screen closely resembles other sister circles we’ve grown attached to, shows like “Girlfriends,” “Insecure,” and “Living Single,” to name a few. . But Byers still wants viewers to know that “Harlem” brings something else to the table by exploring familiar stories through new characters, some of whom are rarely portrayed on the small screen.
“Unfortunately, it’s still an anomaly for multiple black shows to co-exist in the industry,” Byers previously told POPSUGAR. “Because of this, it inherently breeds comparisons. But this ideology is not applied equally to our white counterparts and industry colleagues. The act of comparison truncates the black experience, negating the fact that we are expansive, prismatic and limitless. … our experiences cannot – and should not – be limited to a single representation or definition. Ultimately, “Harlem” is different because we are different. The same goes for every show. It really is that simple.”
The on-screen friendships of Byers, Good, Johnson and Shandai don’t end once the cameras stop rolling. In fact, the four stars seem to be having even more fun off-screen. Whether they’re having fun on set, slaying the red carpet together, or giving each other advice in their interviews, the ‘Harlem’ cast always seem to have a great time together no matter where they are. .
In honor of the Season 2 premiere, check out these sweet photos of the cast waiting for you!