|Also known as||Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy[a]|
|Music by||Jefferson Friedman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||36|
|Producer||Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||November 29, 2019 –|
Harley Quinn is an American adult animated dark comedy superhero television series based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. 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 eventual lover), Poison Ivy, after leaving her boyfriend, the Joker. The show premiered on DC Universe to critical acclaim on November 29, 2019, with critics praising its animation, humor, dark tone, voice acting, and portrayal of the titular protagonist.
The show's second season premiered on April 3, 2020. On September 18, 2020, the series was officially renewed for a third season, along with the announcement that the show would move to HBO Max, following the restructuring of DC Universe. The third season premiered on July 28, 2022. On August 31, 2022, the series was renewed for a fourth season.
The series follows Harley Quinn's misadventures after breaking up with the Joker upon the realization that he does not love her. The first season focuses on Harley's attempts to prove herself as a competent villain in order to join the Legion of Doom, starting with the formation of her own crew consisting of Poison Ivy, Clayface, Doctor Psycho, King Shark, and Sy Borgman. When she finally achieves this goal, however, she inadvertently distances herself from her newfound friends and continues to face problems from the Joker, who cannot stand the idea of Harley being a successful supervillain without him. In the season one finale, the Joker manages to take over Gotham City, only to be defeated by Harley and her crew. In a final act of retaliation, he destroys the entire city, resulting in his and Batman's apparent deaths.
In the second season, Gotham has become a no man's land, allowing the newly formed Injustice League—consisting of the Penguin, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and Bane—to take over the city's ruins. After they refuse to let Harley join them, she works with her crew to eliminate them one by one in order to claim Gotham for herself; in the process unwittingly inspiring Barbara Gordon to become Batgirl. Meanwhile, both the Joker and Batman are revealed to be alive; albeit with the former now sane and with no memory of his old self and the latter unable to fight crime due to his injuries. Following the Injustice League's defeat, Commissioner Gordon restores order to Gotham while Harley begins to develop feelings for Ivy. Concurrently, Doctor Psycho leaves the crew to exact revenge on Harley for under-appreciating him, and manages to take over Gotham with a Parademon army he obtained from Darkseid. To stop him, Harley joins forces with the Justice League, Gordon, and the Joker; reluctantly restoring the latter back to his former self in the process. Although Psycho is defeated in the end, he retaliates by revealing Harley and Ivy had sex right before the latter's wedding with Kite Man. Though Ivy and Kite Man attempt to continue on, Gordon, annoyed that he did not receive any recognition for saving Gotham, attempts to bust their wedding. Amidst the chaos, Kite Man realizes Ivy does not love him and breaks up with her. While escaping from the police together, Ivy finally admits her feelings for Harley.
The story continues in a six-issue miniseries comic book entitled The Eat Bang Kill Tour, where Harley and Ivy go on a road trip cross-country while on the run from Gordon, who has gone insane with determination to bring both of them in, regardless of how many people get hurt in his way, prompting Batman and Batgirl to try to stop him before he causes any more damage.
In the third season, after reforming their crew, Harley and Ivy make plans to terraform the planet, while also dealing with problems that arise from their newfound status as a couple. After Ivy's pet plant Frank goes missing, she and Harley begin searching for him, unaware that Frank has been captured by Batman, whose relationship with Catwoman is failing and now seeks to use Frank's mutant powers to resurrect his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne. Meanwhile, Gordon continues his mission to capture Harley and Ivy, while also running for mayor, assisted by Two-Face, who seeks to become district attorney again and proves to be a negative influence for Gordon. After realizing this, Gordon ends his partnership with Two-Face and steps back from the election, allowing the Joker to become the new mayor of Gotham. Eventually, Harley and Ivy discover Frank has been taken by Bruce Wayne and the former kidnaps him before enlisting Doctor Psycho's help to get inside his mind and learn Frank's whereabouts. In the process, Harley discovers Bruce's identity as Batman and his trauma over his parents' murder, but is unable to help him overcome it, leading Bruce to resurrect his parents as plant zombies; inadvertently starting a zombie apocalypse in the process. Ivy is able to take control of the zombies with the power of the Green, but plans to use them to accomplish her dream of making the Earth a plant haven, forcing Harley to stop her with the Bat-family's help. While Ivy forgives her for this, Harley is hailed as a hero for her actions and realizes she enjoys doing good, leading her to continue helping Bruce as his therapist. After Bruce is arrested for his crimes, he asks Batgirl to lead Bat-family in his absence, with Harley as its newest member.
|First released||Last released||Network|
|1||13||November 29, 2019||February 21, 2020||DC Universe|
|2||13||April 3, 2020||June 26, 2020|
|3||10||July 28, 2022||September 15, 2022||HBO Max|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||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 the Joker will break her out. A year later, her best friend, Poison Ivy, breaks her out during a prison break and tries to convince her that he does not love her. Despite Ivy's support, Harley's attempt to break up with the Joker fails after he sweet-talks her into staying with him. The Riddler provokes the Joker into sending Harley to kill him before capturing her and Batman and giving the Joker the choice to save one while the other dies. When the Joker ultimately chooses Batman, Harley finally realizes she never meant anything to him. After learning Ivy and Riddler devised the death trap to drive that point home and she was never really in any danger, Harley undergoes a costume change, officially breaks up with the Joker, and declares her intention to make a name for herself in the criminal underworld.|
|2||2||"A High Bar"||Matt Garofalo|
|Jane Becker||December 6, 2019|
|Believing she has to join the Legion of Doom to prove herself as a supervillain, Harley attempts to make a big splash by crashing one of their criminal enterprises with Ivy's help. However, they accidentally crash a bar mitzvah for the Penguin's nephew, Joshua. When the Joker learns of Harley's presence and arrives at the party, Harley struggles to dissociate herself from him and prove to the attending villains, Bane, the Scarecrow, and Two-Face, 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 Joshua to experience. Meanwhile, Ivy is relentlessly hit on by Kite Man, who inadvertently infects a group of boys with her pheromones, not realizing it will kill them by turning them into plants. They rush to her apartment to retrieve the antidote and return in time to help Harley fight off the other villains. Using her psychology background, Harley convinces them to stop taking abuse from Joker, forcing him to leave. Despite what happened, Harley remains committed to her goal of joining the Legion while Ivy cures the infected boys.|
|3||3||"So, You Need a Crew?"||Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton||Jess Dweck||December 13, 2019|
|After the Joker hijacks a robbery she was committing, Harley realizes that she needs a crew to pull off legitimate heists and attract the Legion of Doom's attention. However, she struggles to recruit others to her cause due to her gender and past association with the Joker. After talking with the Queen of Fables, Harley decides she needs other downtrodden villains like her, and recruits Doctor Psycho, who was kicked out of the Legion by Lex Luthor for calling Wonder Woman and Giganta the "C-word" on national television, and Clayface, Gotham City's shapeshifting thespian extraordinaire. For their first heist, Harley decides to rob Maxie Zeus' Olympic gold medals as revenge for insults he made against her during her quest. Despite initial struggles, Harley, Psycho, and Clayface ultimately succeed after beating up Zeus before she sells the medals to purchase a nuclear warhead and force Gotham into naming a highway after her. Upon making the news, the media begins to consider her a potential competitor for the Joker, much to his ire.|
|4||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 Robin, making her the laughing stock of the criminal underworld. Even worse, Robin appears on Tawny Young's 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, and threatens him into confessing he lied before revealing Young's talk show audience from behind a curtain to publicly humiliate him. When King Shark goes berserk after smelling blood, Batman arrives and subdues him before getting into a three-way brawl with Harley and an arriving Joker and Ivy. The Joker ends the fight by kidnapping Robin and forcing Batman to pursue them. Much to Ivy's dismay, she and Harley's crew are evicted from her apartment by her cybernetic landlord Sy Borgman. Batman later comforts a rescued Robin and assures him he can wait until he is ready for his own nemesis.|
|5||5||"Being Harley Quinn"||Juan Meza-Leon||Adam Stein||December 27, 2019|
|While shopping around for a new lair, Harley is unable decide what her "brand" is and goes into a fourth degree brain-freeze. Ivy has Psycho bring them, Clayface, and King Shark into Harley's mind and meet with her consciousness. However, she accidentally triggers her mental defenses and locks them all in. While trying to find the "Emergency Exit" in her subconscious, Harley discovers her indecision comes from the belief her "origin story" was not her decision and that she altered her memory to believe that her becoming a villain was Joker's doing. Choosing the moment she broke up with him as her true "origin story", Harley somewhat cures herself. Meanwhile, Borgman finds Harley and the crew's comatose bodies and believes they committed suicide, so he takes them to an abandoned mall to cremate them. At the last minute, everyone wakes up and nearly kill Borgman. Upon seeing the mall however, Harley decides to make it their new lair and allows Borgman to join her crew after learning he was a former secret agent.|
|6||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 gets severed and comes to life. Becoming depressed after learning Batman fails to see him as a friend, Commissioner Gordon interrogates Clayface's hand for the location of Harley's crew, but ends up bonding with it. While Harley, Clayface, and King Shark try to recover the hand, Ivy and Psycho seek revenge on an online personality called the Cowled Critic for slandering them. King Shark is beaten by police officers and sent to prison while Ivy and Psycho learn the Cowled Critic is his estranged son, Herman, and 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. Once Harley realizes she had been selfish and ignoring her teammates, she encourages Batman to help stop Gordon after he starts obsessively defending the hand. Batman reconciles with Gordon, Clayface reabsorbs his hand, and Harley and her crew escape. As they celebrate, they realize they forgot King Shark and quickly break him out of prison.|
|7||7||"The Line"||Juan Meza-Leon||Laura Moran||January 10, 2020|
|When the 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 and help them steal a personal force field device from S.T.A.R. Labs. When the Queen slaughters an innocent family who witnessed them, however, the horrified crew kick her out as they are not willing to sacrifice innocent lives. They then use the force field device to steal a weather-controlling machine from Kord Industries to ransom Gotham, 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, the Queen tells Harley that only villains willing to cross any line can succeed and that she will regret letting her live. The crew later tries to program the weather machine, but accidentally cause it to self-destruct. 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 steal Atlantean jewels, they are invited to join the Legion of Doom and Luthor even allows Psycho to be reinstated. However, he secretly reveals to Ivy that he is not actually interested in Harley and will not let her join unless she joins as well. Ivy refuses and tries to warn Harley of Luthor's treachery. Suddenly, Aquaman breaks into the Hall of Doom and beats up several villains while seeking revenge for Harley's theft, but she tricks him into breaking an aquarium and focus on saving 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, Psycho and Borgman deal with a mutant monster in their lair's basement. When Psycho tries to kill it, Borgman stops him, revealing the monster is his sister Mirielle, who was mutated because of his actions. Psycho uses his 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, only to encounter the Joker.|
|9||9||"A Seat at the Table"||Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton||Jordan Weiss||January 24, 2020|
|Much to Harley's surprise, the Joker congratulates her on joining the Legion of Doom, treating her as an equal. Harley reconciles with Ivy and promises to help her attack an environmentally unfriendly company called Planetwide Pavers. However, her crew are treated as lowly henchmen and Bane hires them to help him get revenge on a clerk for always getting his name wrong. Harley attends a dinner date with the Joker to try to persuade him to convince Luthor to elevate her crew's status, but she has so much fun with him, she forgets to tell him. While planting a bomb for Bane, King Shark ends up being hospitalized after the former loses patience and detonates it early. When Batman pursues them, Joker kisses Harley before shoving her out of his helicopter to slow the Dark Knight down. While the crew and Ivy stand vigil over King Shark in the hospital, they see an out-of-context image of the Joker and Harley kissing on the news. When Harley arrives, they accuse her of taking advantage of them and cut ties with her. Later that night, Ivy tries to attack Planetwide Pavers by herself, but is captured.|
|Laura Moran||January 31, 2020|
|Depressed over her crew abandoning her, Harley returns home to her parents in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, but quickly becomes upset with her deadbeat father. Later that night, an assassin attacks them and kills Harley's grandmother before she defeats her. Her father claims he owes a loan shark money, so Harley beats him and his goons to force them to leave her father alone. Meanwhile, Ivy finds herself trapped in a laboratory, but manages to use a dandelion to tell her sentient plant Frank to get Harley's help before learning that the Scarecrow is her captor. Another assassin attacks and kills Harley's grandfather before she defeats her. Suddenly, her parents attack her, explaining that someone put a bounty on her and they want revenge because her reputation as a supervillain turned them into neighborhood pariahs. An enraged Harley defeats them before sparing and disowning them. Just as Harley collapses from her injuries, Frank finds her and tells her Ivy is in trouble. Elsewhere, Bane discovers that Joshua Cobblepot put the bounty on Harley as revenge for her ruining his bar mitzvah and berates him for using a traceable credit card before destroying it to cancel the bounty.|
|11||11||"Harley Quinn Highway"||Vinton Heuck||Adam Stein||February 7, 2020|
|Harley reunites her crew to apologize and request their help in rescuing Ivy. They agree, but only for Ivy's sake. Meanwhile, the Scarecrow harvests Ivy's pheromones so he can use them to destroy Gotham before poisoning her with his fear toxin, sending her into a panic. While Borgman protects their bodies, Psycho brings the crew into Ivy's head, where Frank informs them that the only way to save Ivy is to destroy the thing she fears the most, which appears in the form of the Grim Reaper. Harley defeats the Reaper, but sees her face under the hood before she and the crew wake up. The Scarecrow tries to escape on the Harley Quinn Highway, but Borgman transforms into a car so the crew can give chase. Amidst said chase, Ivy tells Harley her fear is being abandoned by someone she trusted and that she resents her for being with the Joker instead of helping her. Harley attempts to make amends by stopping the Scarecrow, but he succeeds in poisoning the Gotham Reservoir and infecting the city's water supply with Ivy's pheromones; turning most of Gotham's trees into violent monsters.|
|12||12||"Devil's Snare"||Juan Meza-Leon||Jane Becker||February 14, 2020|
|The Scarecrow starts crop-dusting fear toxin around Gotham's perimeter to force thousands of civilians towards the park with the murderous trees. As Batman tracks him down, the Justice League arrives to stop the trees. They assume Harley's crew is behind the attacks and attempt to send them to the Phantom Zone, but Ivy uses Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth to prove them wrong. Suddenly, the Queen of Fables traps the League in her fairy tale book before using a beanstalk to send Harley and her crew to be attacked by a giant cyclops. With Kite Man's help, they are able to return to the ground safely. Just then, the Joker uses a large tower to destroy the Hall of Doom as he enacts his plans to take over Gotham and orders the Queen to kill Harley and her team. Ivy uses the contaminated water to enlarge herself and fight the trees while Harley defeats the Queen, decapitating her in the process. Just as Harley makes amends with Ivy, the Joker kills the latter.|
|13||13||"The Final Joke"||Brandon McKinney||Tom Hyndman||February 21, 2020|
|Harley's crew, Frank, and Kite Man hold an impromptu funeral for Ivy before joining forces with Batman to avenge her. However, Clayface inadvertently ruins the plan and gets the crew and Batman captured while Harley is forced into hiding. His takeover largely complete, Joker spends the next week subjugating Gotham and torturing Batman and the crew, only to get bored. Hoping to help, the Scarecrow unmasks Batman, but Joker kills the former for ruining the "mystery". Meanwhile, Harley revisits Ivy's grave, where Frank and Kite Man tell her the crew is going to be publicly executed, so she surrenders herself in exchange for their lives. Once her crew is safe, Harley tries to kill the Joker, but he overpowers her. Instead of killing her, he decides to drop her in acid that will render her "normal". At the last minute, a resurrected Ivy saves Harley and drops the Joker in the acid, though not before he destroys his tower and sets off an earthquake, destroying Gotham. Batman saves Harley and Ivy before disappearing in the debris. Reunited, the crew reflect on everything that has happened amidst Gotham's ruins while a "normal" Joker emerges from the rubble.|
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|14||1||"New Gotham"||Vinton Heuck||Adam Stein||April 3, 2020|
|Weeks after the Joker's defeat and Batman's disappearance, the President has declared the destroyed Gotham a no man's land and exiled it from the U.S. while Harley and her crew revel in the resulting chaos. The GCPD's surviving officers, with the exception of Gordon, have become outnumbered and unmotivated to restore law and order as various sections of the city have been taken over by the Penguin, the Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, and Mr. Freeze, who have formed the Injustice League following the Legion of Doom's destruction. Harley disapproves of their control, especially after they give her a small piece of territory to rule. She attempts to rebel against them, only to get herself captured. Months later, Ivy and the rest of the crew manage to break her out. After killing the Penguin, Harley sets out to seek revenge against the Injustice League. Meanwhile, paramedics find Bruce Wayne among the rubble.|
|15||2||"Riddler U"[b]||Colin Heck||Sabreena Jalees||April 10, 2020|
|After learning that the Riddler has power and clean water, Harley, Ivy, and Clayface make plans to infiltrate his stronghold, "Riddler University", while King Shark and Doctor Psycho venture through Two-Face and Bane's territories to secure a water filter. Harley nearly blows her cover in front of the tour guide, Barbara Gordon, after attacking a Riddler mascot she mistook for the Riddler himself. Harley and Ivy find Barbara, intending to kill her before she can warn the Riddler, but she tells them she wants to stop him after deducing he was responsible for kidnapping students ever since he took over and that she procured invitations for a party at a fraternity house where the disappearances occurred. Harley and Ivy steal the invitations for themselves and Clayface and successfully enter the party, where they learn that the kidnapped students are being used as human batteries to power a water and electric system. The Riddler manages to capture them, but they are rescued by Barbara, who became inspired by her father, Commissioner Gordon, and Batman, to successfully stop Riddler herself. Instead of killing the Riddler, Harley, Ivy, and Clayface use him to power the mall while Barbara becomes Batgirl.|
|16||3||"Catwoman"[c]||Brandon McKinney||Sarah Peters||April 17, 2020|
|After a failed attempt to infiltrate Mr. Freeze's lair, Harley and her crew decide to steal Firefly's flamethrower from Doctor Trap's museum in order to melt their way in. Harley and Ivy recruit Kite Man and Catwoman to help them while the others have to locate the Riddler after he manipulated Psycho into facilitating his escape. During the theft, Ivy starts to question the direction her life is going and finds herself under even more pressure as Kite Man steals a ring from the museum and proposes to her. To make matters worse, Catwoman betrays them and escapes on her own, leaving them to die until they manage to escape using the flamethrower. After beating Doctor Trap and heading home, Harley and Ivy help the rest of the crew recapture the Riddler, who decides to keep powering the mall for the time being. Afterward, Harley convinces Ivy that she does not have to feel ashamed about letting her past go, so she goes to find Kite Man and insists he pop the question again.|
|17||4||"Thawing Hearts"||Vinton Heuck||Tom Hyndman||April 24, 2020|
|Harley, Clayface, Psycho, and King Shark successfully use Firefly's flamethrower to storm Mr. Freeze's lair, only to get captured. Freeze explains his many failed attempts to save his ailing, frozen wife Nora Fries before trying to use Harley as a human lab rat, but she convinces Freeze to let her call Ivy, who she is certain can find a cure for Nora's illness. While they wait, Freeze invites them to lunch and relates his history with Nora. Due to her experience with Joker however, Harley believes he is lying and that Nora is his prisoner, so she uses Freeze's gun to thaw her out, only to learn she really is dying. An incensed Freeze threatens to kill everyone by detonating his lair unless Ivy finds a cure. Meanwhile, Ivy and Kite Man attempt to secure a wedding venue, but are forced to leave to save Harley and lose his preferred location to his nemesis, Condiment King. Ivy successfully creates a cure, but due to Nora's rare blood type, someone else has to take it, then give Nora a blood transfusion, which will kill them. Freeze volunteers and sacrifices himself for Nora, which Harley recognizes as an act of true love.|
|18||5||"Batman's Back, Man"||Juan Meza-Leon||Sarah Nevada Smith||May 1, 2020|
|As the only Injustice League members left, Two-Face and Bane decide to join forces to stand a better chance against Harley, but disagree on how to label their combined organization. Meanwhile, a recovering Wayne is desperate to pick up the cowl again even in spite of his butler Alfred Pennyworth's advice to rest and heal. When he learns that Batgirl is fighting criminals, Bruce becomes concerned that she is giving Gotham a false sense of hope and that it will die if she dies, so he tasks Lucius Fox with building him a high-tech Batsuit to compensate for his injuries. Batman initially has the upper hand in battle, but he sustains more injuries while fighting Bane before he is saved from Two-Face's men by Alfred and Batgirl; the former having also adopted a vigilante persona, the Macaroni. Understanding the value of having Batgirl around, Batman asks Commissioner Gordon to work with her while he focuses on recovering. Meanwhile, an upset Bane nearly kills Two-Face for leaving him out of their partnership, but the latter offers him a pit to do with as he wishes in order to keep him happy.|
|19||6||"All the Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues"||Juan Meza-Leon||Jamiesen Borak||May 8, 2020|
|While spending a night together, Harley and Ivy encounter a living, sane Joker. Ivy tries to kill him, but Harley believes he has genuinely changed. To prove this, she recounts how she first met Ivy and Joker and changed her for the better. In a flashback, Dr. Harleen Quinzel had been asked by D.A. Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon to interview Joker about a bomb he hid in Gotham before he was imprisoned at Arkham. After a difficult first meeting, Harleen becomes inspired by a spiteful Ivy to ask about Joker's family. He tells her a heartfelt backstory about his abusive father to earn her trust before telling her the bomb is in Little Italy in exchange for having a private meal with her. While Batman and the authorities are distracted, Joker reveals he put the bomb in the prison chef nicknamed "Little Italy" and tries to kidnap Harleen. However, Ivy rescues her in return for a plant Harleen gave her. Once Harley finishes reminiscing, Ivy reveals Joker's backstory was actually hers before they bring in Doctor Psycho, who confirms the Joker has no memory of his old self. On their way out, Harley and Ivy get captured by Two-Face.|
|20||7||"There's No Place to Go But Down"||Colin Heck||Adam Stein||May 15, 2020|
|Harley and Ivy are put on trial in a kangaroo court held by Two-Face, with Bane as the judge and Man-Bat as their defense attorney. Against Harley's wishes, Ivy admits her role in their recent crimes, leading to both of them being sentenced to life imprisonment in Bane's subterranean rehabilitation center, the Pit. Despite seeing no way out, Harley and Ivy formulate a plan to escape after learning George Lopez is headlining the upcoming talent show. Despite their initial plan going south when Lopez leaves, Ivy gives an inspiring speech about her recent life events in front of the other inmates and incites a riot; giving her and Harley a chance to escape. When Bane attempts to stop them, Harley sacrifices herself to allow Ivy to escape, but the latter saves the former and they share a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, Gordon's self-confidence takes another hit after he fails to stop the Ratcatcher. When Two-Face storms his house, he plans to give up until Batgirl saves him and reveals her identity to him. With Gordon's confidence restored, the pair team up to take back the GCPD headquarters, with Gordon defeating and incarcerating Two-Face.|
|21||8||"Inner (Para) Demons"||Tom Derosier||Tom Hyndman||May 22, 2020|
|With the Injustice League defeated, the President tasks Gordon with eliminating Harley before he can allow Gotham to rejoin the U.S. Batgirl tries to dissuade him, but Gordon rallies Gotham's citizens behind him to help. Meanwhile, Harley is struggling to reconcile her feelings over kissing Ivy. When Batgirl warns her of Gordon's plans, Harley decides to take over Gotham with an army. Together with an enthusiastic Doctor Psycho and a reluctant Clayface and King Shark, Harley steals Mister Miracle's Mother Box and uses it to travel to Apokolips, where she kills Granny Goodness with Psycho's help; earning Darkseid's respect and a Parademon army. Elsewhere, Ivy and Kite Man have brunch with his parents. When she learns they only want metahuman grandchildren however, Ivy tells them off and convinces Kite Man to do the same. Gordon's army confronts Harley's, only to get slaughtered until Ivy arrives and makes Harley realize she went too far. Harley relinquishes control of the Parademons and lets Gordon win, enraging Psycho into quitting the crew. When Harley tries to tell Ivy her feelings, Kite Man interrupts them, causing her to hide them once more.|
|22||9||"Bachelorette"||Christina Sotta||Sarah Peters||May 29, 2020|
|Harley, Ivy, Catwoman, Nora, and Jennifer, a friend from Ivy's past, travel to a Themysciran resort run by Eris for Ivy's bachelorette party. The girls enjoy themselves until Harley and Ivy get drunk and have sex. Ashamed, the latter vows to stay in her room for the rest of the weekend until the former lures her out after learning Eris hypnotized Queen Hippolyta to make her sell the island to LexCorp. The girls manage to thwart the scheme, freeing Hippolyta and celebrating their victory with more alcohol, leading to Harley and Ivy unwittingly having sex again. Meanwhile, Kite Man has his bachelor party on a yacht with Clayface, Frank, and King Shark until King is called back to his home by his father, the Shark God, for an arranged marriage to keep two shark clans from going to war. King Shark stands up to his father. While he ends up getting married anyway, he reveals that it is an open marriage and that he still hopes to find true love someday. When they return from Themyscira, Ivy chooses to stay with Kite Man, stating that she loves and trusts Harley with her life, but not her heart; leaving Harley distraught.|
|23||10||"Dye Hard"||Vinton Hueck||Jamiesen Borak||June 5, 2020|
|In an attempt to cope with Ivy rejecting her, Harley goes to a bar at Wayne Tower, only to find the amnesiac Joker working there. Suddenly, a group of thugs attack, holding the customers hostage and handcuffing the two former lovers together. They manage to escape, discovering the thugs were a distraction so a newly muscular Riddler, who escaped from the mall again, could sneak in and steal a mind control helmet. Joined by Gordon, King Shark, Clayface, and Borgman, Harley and Joker quickly discover that Riddler is working with Doctor Psycho, who has sworn revenge on Harley for under-appreciating him, before he uses the helmet to enslave the remaining Parademons as well as Clayface and King Shark. Borgman gives his eye to Harley as a memento before sacrificing himself to help her, Gordon, and Joker escape. After realizing they need to free the Justice League from the Book of Fables, Joker mentions having several dreams about his past life, including the book, but he struggles to remember where it is. To jog his memory, Harley reluctantly brings him to Ace Chemicals and pushes him into a vat of acid to turn him back into the Joker.|
|24||11||"A Fight Worth Fighting For"||Tom Derosier||Tom Hyndman||June 12, 2020|
|Emerging from the acid, Joker remembers starting a relationship with a nurse named Bethany after she found him and nursed him back to health six months prior. Under threat of a bomb Harley put in his head, Joker takes her to Bethany's house to get the Book of Fables. However, he enrages Bethany into tossing the book, which is subsequently grabbed by a Parademon. As Harley and Joker attempt to retrieve the book, he reflects on his relationship with Bethany and realizes he found true love while she does the same in regards to Ivy. After retrieving the book, the pair are rescued by Batman and explain the situation to him, only to realize the book is not the Book of Fables. Concurrently, Darkseid orders Psycho to kill Harley while Ivy and Kite Man try to prepare for their wedding. After Ivy's dress is damaged, she confronts Psycho, but he brainwashes her. Returning to Bethany's house, Joker reconciles with her before Batman calls Zatanna to free the Justice League. Joker decides to resume his criminal lifestyle while maintaining his relationship with Bethany, and Harley decides to confess her feelings to Ivy just as Ivy arrives to kill her.|
|25||12||"Lovers' Quarrel"||Christina Sotta||Adam Stein||June 19, 2020|
|Kite Man rescues Harley and takes her to his apartment, where they use Borgman's eye to upload a digital version of him to Kite Man's electronics so he can help them build anti-mind control devices. Meanwhile, the Justice League defeat the Parademons, prompting Doctor Psycho to dispatch Ivy, Clayface, and King Shark to fight them after an impatient Darkseid arrives on Earth and threatens to kill him if he does not kill Harley soon. Though the League prevails again, Psycho has Ivy use her pheromones on them before bringing Harley back to the mall. Kite Man follows them and gives Harley a device before trying to free Ivy with true love's kiss, but to no avail. Psycho forces Ivy and Harley to fight, but Harley kisses Ivy, distracting Psycho long enough to free Ivy so Harley can give her an anti-mind control device. Together, they easily defeat Psycho and impress Darkseid, who offers Harley his army and the Earth. She declines as she does not want to be a supervillain anymore. Once Darkseid leaves, Psycho uses the last of his strength to show all of Gotham Harley and Ivy having sex, leaving Kite Man bewildered.|
|26||13||"Something Borrowed, Something Green"[d]||Tom Derosier|
|Sarah Peters||June 26, 2020|
|Ivy convinces Kite Man to go through with the wedding after revealing she secured the venue he wanted. Meanwhile, on their way to Arkham and after listening to Gordon rant about not earning any recognition for saving Gotham, Two-Face convinces him to arrest all of the attending villains at the wedding so Gordon can earn public recognition and eventually run for mayor. Harley, having also been imprisoned at Arkham, refuses her crew's offer to break her out to attend the wedding. Upon learning of Gordon's plan from Two-Face, she teams up with him to escape. While trying to identify Gordon, she attacks the wrong person and enrages Ivy, who asks her to leave. Despite this, Harley foils Gordon when he gasses everyone in attendance, though she causes the wedding to turn into an all-out war between the villains and the GCPD. Frustrated and realizing Ivy does not truly love him, Kite Man breaks up with her and leaves. Harley and Ivy escape from Gordon together, sharing a kiss after Ivy confesses her feelings for Harley.|
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|27||1||"Harlivy"||Juan Meza-Leon||Sarah Peters||July 28, 2022|
|Two weeks after confessing their love for each other and escaping from Gordon, Harley and Ivy fly around the world on their unofficial honeymoon, "The Eat, Bang, Kill Tour". Harley is overly excited about them being a couple while Ivy awkwardly tries to adjust to their relationship. While visiting "Edin", a botanical paradise that Ivy created years ago, they learn that Gordon has caught King Shark and Clayface to lure them out. As they return to Gotham to break them out of Arkham, Harley bumps into Amanda Waller, who claims that Ivy has not done anything villainous for years. To prove her wrong, Harley kidnaps her and brings her to Edin. Suicide Squad member Plastique arrives and fights Harley and Ivy, destroying Edin in the process before eventually killing herself while Waller escapes. Harley apologizes to Ivy for the damage and offers her help in Ivy's long desired plan to terraform the world. Meanwhile, Clayface auditions for James Gunn's new biopic about Thomas Wayne and gets a set job as the "director's chair". Concurrently, Gordon's mayoral campaign falters despite help from Two-Face until the sitting mayor is maimed by a bizarre series of accidents.|
|28||2||"There's No Ivy in Team"||Joonki Park||Adam Stein||July 28, 2022|
|After Harley and Ivy reunite with their crew, Ivy shares her plan to transform Gotham City into an Eden-like paradise. Their first step is to get amber containing prehistoric mosquitoes with the DNA of prehistoric plants from Gotham's Natural History Museum. Harley lets Ivy lead the crew this time, but she proves to be a terrible leader. After failing to create a serum from the DNA capable of bringing plants to life, Ivy chooses to work alone. Meanwhile, Nightwing returns to Gotham as well, but struggles to cooperate with the rest of the Bat Family. Harley and Batgirl bring their respective teams to a newly opened escape room to foster camaraderie, but the room turns out to be a death trap set up by the Riddler. To get out alive, they all need to work together, during which Ivy and Nightwing both learn to evaluate teamwork. After successfully escaping, Ivy tries to create the serum again, but her experiment destroys the crew's lair and causes Frank to grow legs and gain telekinesis.|
|29||3||"The 83rd Annual Villy Awards"||Mike Milo||Jamiesen Borak||July 28, 2022|
|Following their lair's destruction, the crew moves into Catwoman's old apartment. Harley learns that she and Ivy have been nominated for "Best Couple" at the 83rd Annual Villy Awards, which she had always won with Joker. Despite not liking the award ceremony, Ivy accompanies Harley, but becomes more uncomfortable when she learns that they are seated next to Kite Man and his new girlfriend Golden Glider. Meanwhile, Clayface impersonates Gunn to meet Billy Bob Thornton, who is playing Thomas Wayne in the new film. Thornton comes to appreciate Clayface's acting skills and shapeshifting abilities, but is accidentally killed by Catwoman's tiger, so Clayface takes his place in the film. At the ceremony, Harley tries to peek at the winners' list by fighting the android guarding it while Ivy bonds with Glider over their social anxiety. After their talk, Ivy realizes she should have been more supportive of Harley, who with Kite Man's help, realizes that Ivy's love is a reward in itself. They leave the ceremony, despite turning out to be the winners, so Joker takes their award for himself.|
|30||4||"A Thief, A Mole, An Orgy"||Juan Meza-Leon||Tom Hyndman||August 4, 2022|
|Harley, King Shark, and Clayface unknowingly distract Ivy from working on her terraforming serum, so she lies about what rules Catwoman adheres to in her apartment. In retaliation, Harley destroys the security cameras, but this proves to be a hindrance after Frank is kidnapped. Upon investigation, they find an owl-shaped badge, which Harley recognizes as the Court of Owls' symbol. With the Joker's help, Harley and Ivy infiltrate the Court, only to learn that it is an orgy club. As they search for Frank, Harley finds out that Ivy lied about Catwoman's rules and that the two of them had an affair years ago, which deeply upsets her. Meanwhile, Gordon also infiltrates the Court to gain funding from the elites for his mayoral campaign. Despite his unsuccessful attempt, Two-Face suggests that he use the knowledge of the orgy and pictures of the guests, such as Bruce Wayne, for his benefit. Ivy explains her history with Catwoman to Harley, detailing the emotional damage the relationship caused her and how Harley changed that when they got together. After they make up, they realize they forgot about Frank, who wakes up in an unknown laboratory.|
|31||5||"It's a Swamp Thing"||Vinton Hueck||Rachel Pegram||August 11, 2022|
|Ivy is unable to locate Frank through the "Green", the collective plant consciousness, so Harley suggests they take a break to clear her head. Accompanying Nora to New Orleans, they beat John Constantine in a shot contest before visiting Swamp Thing, a former associate of Ivy's who has a stronger connection to the Green. Nora spends the night with him, but when she claims that she is not looking for anything serious, Swamp Thing becomes enraged and attacks them. Ivy calms him down by opening up about her fear of losing Frank and reconciling with him. While Nora gives Swamp Thing a chance, Ivy's emotional breakthrough helps her strengthen her connection to the Green and learn that Bruce is holding Frank captive at Wayne Enterprises. Meanwhile, Bruce and Selina Kyle struggle with their new relationship due to their different needs, so Alfred asks the Music Meister to act as their therapist, forcing them to sing about their feelings. With the therapy not availing, Bruce decides to focus on stopping Ivy's plan to distract himself from his love life.|
|32||6||"Joker: The Killing Vote"||Joonki Park||Conner Shin||August 18, 2022|
|After learning that his stepchildren did not get into a Spanish education program at their school due to political reasons, the Joker decides to run for Mayor of Gotham to fix the city's problems. His mayoral campaign soon wins public favor, unlike Gordon's, who lacks any real policies. To guarantee he wins, Gordon chooses to follow Two-Face's unethical methods, but loses Barbara's support as a result. Two-Face kidnaps the Joker's stepson Benicio and threatens his life unless Joker drops out of the election. Joker surrenders, but Two-Face traps him and Benicio on a deadly rollercoaster, revealing that he only supported Gordon to become district attorney again and that he poisoned the sitting mayor. Upon learning of this, Gordon saves Joker and Benicio and almost kills Two-Face until Joker reminds him of the error of his ways. Realizing the Joker has truly changed for the better, Gordon drops out of the election, only to learn he will become jobless after Joker announces his plans to dismantle the GCPD. As Harley and Ivy return from New Orleans, they are shocked to discover the Joker has become the new Mayor of Gotham.|
|33||7||"Another Sharkley Adventure"||Cecillia Aranovich|
|Sarah Nevada Smith||August 25, 2022|
|While Ivy recovers from the side effects of using the Green, Harley volunteers to kidnap Bruce to find out where he is keeping Frank. She sneaks into a charity gala Bruce is hosting at Wayne Tower, but Batgirl tries to stop her despite genuinely wanting to be friends with Harley. After a short fight, they both get captured by the Mad Hatter, who wants to kill them, Batgirl especially for interfering with his plans to mind-control Gotham's citizens. Harley talks her way out of captivity, but feels guilty for leaving Batgirl behind and eventually goes back to save her, killing Mad Hatter in the process. Meanwhile, King Shark returns home for his father's funeral, only to learn that his newly crowned brother Prince Shark plans to sell the Shark Kingdom to their arch-enemy Ocean Master. After failing to change his mind, they get into a violent fight, ending with King Shark unintentionally killing Prince. Back at Catwoman's apartment, Ivy appears fully recovered while Harley returns with the kidnapped Bruce.|
|34||8||"Batman Begins Forever"||Vinton Hueck||Jamiesen Borak||September 1, 2022|
|Bruce refuses to reveal where Frank is, so the crew asks Doctor Psycho to enter his mind. There, they find themselves in a repressed memory where Bruce's childhood trauma of Joe Chill murdering his parents constantly repeats itself. Harley interferes with the memory by helping the young Bruce escape, causing Ivy, Psycho, and Clayface to wake up while Bruce's consciousness keeps Harley with him. As they find the rest of Bruce's memories, she discovers how he became Batman and comes to respect his heroism. After Chill returns to confront young Bruce, Harley helps the latter think of a memory where he feels safe, transporting them to Bruce's last Christmas with his family. In return, he reveals that he modified Frank's powers to bring his parents back to life while Chill is revealed to be an adult Bruce who embodies his guilt over their death. Harley wakes up at Wayne Manor, having been captured by the Bat Family alongside her crew. She fails to convince Bruce to work through his trauma instead of undoing it and he begins to resurrect his parents.|
|35||9||"Climax at Jazzapajizza"||Juan Meza-Leon||Tom Hyndman||September 8, 2022|
|With Frank's powers, Bruce unknowingly awakens every corpse in Gotham, resulting in a plant-based zombie apocalypse. While he is distracted with the return of his zombie parents, Harley, Batgirl, and Nightwing work together to stop the apocalypse. Ivy is able to control the zombies through the Green, but realizes she can use them to terraform the city and does so, turning the citizens into living plants with the zombies' vomit. At Wayne Manor, King Shark helps Bruce realize his mistakes and reconcile with his parents' death while Ivy announces her plan to Gotham at the Jazzapajizza jazz festival. Seeing how dangerous her plan is, Harley tries to talk Ivy down, but cannot bring herself to hurt her feelings after Ivy expresses how much Harley's support meant to her. However, when Harley is infected by a zombie while saving Bane, Ivy is forced to reverse everything to save her life. Though happy for Harley's safety, she becomes embittered about sacrificing her dream.|
|36||10||"The Horse and The Sparrow"||Joonki Park||Sarah Nevada Smith||September 15, 2022|
|Ivy is approached by Luthor with an offer to lead the Legion of Doom while Harley is held as a hero by the citizens for saving them. The crew attends the premiere of the Thomas Wayne biopic where Ivy plans to kill Mayor Joker as a part of Luthor's offer. Harley wants to help her, but after seeing Bruce's need for emotional support due to the film, she comforts him instead while Ivy talks to Joker about her relationship with Harley. Realizing that Harley does not want to be a villain anymore, Ivy urges her to accept it, but Harley admits her fear of losing Ivy if she does so. While Ivy reassures Harley that she will love and support her no matter what, the film ends with a huge success, though no one believes that Clayface impersonated Thornton, much to his chagrin. Joker announces Bruce's arrest by the new GCPD for endangering Gotham and evading taxes. Bruce willingly faces the consequences of his actions and asks Barbara to lead the Bat Family in his absence. Harley continues to be his therapist and joins the Bat Family as its newest member.|
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 consists of 13 episodes of the initial 26-episode order. Animation work is provided by NE4U, Digital eMation and Maven Image Platform in South Korea.
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.
It was revealed that a second season was produced and consisted of another 13 episodes.
On September 18, 2020, three months after the second-season finale, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season, and would move to HBO Max. In February 2021, series creator Patrick Schumacker announced that they had begun recording season 3.
In June 2021, it was revealed that a planned oral sex scene between Catwoman and Batman in season 3 was cut by DC. It was replaced by a scene of Batman not being good at giving Catwoman a foot massage.
Schumacker stated the third season was more difficult to produce, but it will be much simpler not having to create two seasons back to back. Halpern has stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that season 3 will explore Harley's reaction to a half healthy relationship with Ivy as well as focusing more on Ivy's backstory as the previous two seasons were mainly focused on Harley. Schumacker said that new writers from the LGBTQ+ community have been hired because of the direction of season 2 and that it is a priority to diversify the staff for season 3. Schumacker also revealed that Dean Lorey would no longer be available to return as showrunner for season 3 and would be replaced by new co-showrunners Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein alongside him and Justin Halpern. Composer Jefferson Friedman revealed there would be a musical episode coming, and also stated that he wanted to refresh the music to give identity for each character. During an interview with Deadline Hollywood, Schumacker stated that his desire was to open season 3 on "an actual Zoom, where the GCPD is just being berated by the city of Gotham for their ineptitude". In February 2021, series creator Patrick Schumacker announced that they had begun recording season 3.
At DC FanDome 2021, Harley, King Shark, and Kite Man previewed some animatic footage from the third season, and announced it would be coming to HBO Max "sometime in 2022".
A comic prequel to season 3 was first released on August 3, 2021, under the title Harley Quinn: The Animated Series – The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour by Tee Franklin (author), Max Sarin (cover art, penciller, inker), and Marissa Louise (colorist), in which Harley takes Ivy on a honeymoon where they face friends they've betrayed, their own feelings about how season 2 ended, and a few villains and heroes along the way. Commissioner Gordon tries to catch them repeatedly, causing Batman and Batgirl to worry about his sanity.
On August 9, 2022, it was announced that a fourth season is in development. On August 31, 2022, HBO Max renewed the series for a fourth season with Sarah Peters promoted to executive producer and showrunner, since Halpern and Schumacker will be busy with Noonan's.
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 (DCEU), to reprise the role; but this was false. In an interview after the season 1 release, Halpern went on record saying Robbie was kept in the loop, but she was never interested in playing the role since she was filming and producing Birds of Prey at the time. Other characters expected to be featured in the series included 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 was 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' additional voice director with Schumacker and Lorey serving as the voice directors. In February 2020, Alfred Molina was announced to be voicing Mr. Freeze. In April 2020, Schumacker confirmed that Michael Ironside would be reprising his role as Darkseid from both the DC Animated Universe and the Lego DC Super-Villains video game.
In June 2021, Sam Richardson was announced as having joined the cast as Swamp Thing. In March 2022, filmmaker James Gunn announced he will voice himself in the show's third season; the showrunners contacted him on Twitter about making an appearance, knowing he was a fan of the show. Gunn recorded his lines remotely, as he was directing his DCEU series Peacemaker in Vancouver, Canada, while season 3 was being developed. That same month, Harvey Guillén was cast to play Nightwing.
Jefferson Friedman composed the music for the series. WaterTower Music released the soundtrack album for season 1 on August 21, 2020. The season 2 album was released on the same day.
In the DC Universe, Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel) and Poison Ivy (Dr. Pamela Isley) started as friends. In the comics, Harley and Ivy even referred to each other as "Peanut" and "Pam-A-Lamb". The writers took notice giving them moments of birthday kisses and taking showers together making their friendship more intimate. Harley Quinn's and Poison Ivy's relationship took a turn in Gotham City Sirens when Harley whispers into Ivy's ear that the reason she "saves her" from the Joker is due to her romantic feelings for her, although the scene ends with Harley going back to Joker. It was not until the 2013 Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti's Harley Quinn comic series where they are shown in a romantic coupling instead of friendship. Harley refers to Ivy as her "hot girlfriend" and the two are in an open relationship where they can pursue other partners while remaining dedicated to each other. Outside the main universe, Harley and Ivy even got married in Injustice 2.
In the May 15, 2020, episode "There's No Place to Go But Down" Harley Quinn saved her partner-in-crime, Poison Ivy; both kissed each other after they escaped from prison. The critic who reviewed the episode stated that Harley and Ivy's romance was a "slow burn", adding that this love affair could turn into a "more realistic exploration of how it feels to fall in love with a friend or to have an awkward hookup with a workmate". Another reviewer, Sophie Perry, writing for a lesbian lifestyle magazine, Curve, noted how queerbaiting has long endured in LGBTQ+ representation, noting how She-Ra and Harley Quinn both had same-sex kisses, happening within stories which could have turned out to be "typical queerbaiting" but did not. In another episode, Clayface, a member of Harley's villain crew, was revealed as a gay character who had a crush on a male student.
In June 2020, in an AMA on Reddit, Justin Halpern, co-showrunner of the series, admitted that the show missed subverting the trope of bisexuals being cheaters or prone to infidelity and promised to do better in the third season. Halpern also said, in later comments, that the show takes representation seriously, that both Harley and Ivy had relationships with women before, that Ivy had a crush on Catwoman, and explained how the relationship between Harley and Ivy developed.
In 2021, the series was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The series was also nominated for several awards at Autostraddle’s 4th Annual Gay Emmys, in the categories of "Best Episode with LGBTQ+ Themes" for the episode "Something Borrowed," and "Outstanding Animated Series". The trailer for the show's third season, which came out in October 2021, was described as showing that the series is "for the gays".
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 in Arkham 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 December 8, 2019, the first episode was shown as a special presentation on TBS. Season 1 started airing on Syfy on May 3, 2020. The series has aired on Adult Swim in Canada, with new episodes airing a week after their American premiere. The series started airing on E4 in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 7, 2020. The series debuted on HBO Max on August 1, 2020. In the United States, Adult Swim's Toonami programming block aired a marathon of the first season on the night of August 7–8, 2021. On June 23, 2022, the series began airing on TNT. In the Eastern Europe, the series became available on March 8, 2022, via HBO Max.
The second season was available to stream on April 3, 2020, on DC Universe. An original short featuring Harley answering questions from fans was released online during DC FanDome in 2020.
The first three episodes of season 3 were released on July 28, 2022, on HBO Max, with the remaining seven episodes released weekly until September 15, 2022.
The first season was released on DVD on June 2, 2020, and the second season was released on February 16, 2021, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The first two seasons were also released on Blu-ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment under the Warner Archive Collection on February 16, 2021.
Digitally, the first two seasons are also available for digital purchase on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 88% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 8.25/10. 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." The second season has an approval rating of 100% based on 20 reviews with an average rating of 9/10, and a critical consensus stating, "Harley Quinn maintains its frenetic energy and humor while doubling down on the shenanigans and giving its titular anti-heroine even more room to play." The third season has an approval rating of 100% based on 18 reviews with an average rating of 9/10, and a critical consensus stating, "Who woulda thought? — Harley Quinn graduates from a ribald spoof into one of the most heartening additions to the DC canon in a diabolically clever and emotionally textured third season." On Metacritic, the show 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)."
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Annie Awards||January 25, 2020||Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Harley Quinn||Nominated|||
|Autostraddle Gay Emmys||September 2020||Outstanding Animated Series||Harley Quinn||Nominated|||
|September 2021||Outstanding Animated Series||Harley Quinn||Nominated|||
|Best Episode with LGBTQ+ Themes||"Something Borrowed"||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Super Awards||January 10, 2021||Best Animated Series||Harley Quinn||Nominated|||
|Best Voice Actress in an Animated Series||Kaley Cuoco||Won|
|Best Voice Actor in an Animated Series||J. B. Smoove||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Award||April 8, 2021||Outstanding Comedy Series||Harley Quinn||Nominated|||
|Annie Awards||April 16, 2021||Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Harley Quinn||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Sarah Peters for "Something Borrowed, Something Green"||Nominated|
|Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards||August 22, 2021||Best Animated Series or Animated Television Movie||Harley Quinn||Won|||
|Dorian TV Awards||August 29, 2021||Best Animated Show||Harley Quinn||Nominated|||
Noonan's, a spin-off featuring Kite Man and his current girlfriend Golden Glider, is currently in development for HBO Max. The first season is set to comprise ten episodes, with Oberg returning to voice Kite-Man.
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