‘Harlem’: Season 1 Episode 1 Recap — Plus All the Music Featured in the Pilot

From Girls Trip Tracy Oliver, Amazon Prime’s comedy series Harlem follows four best friends — budding professor Camille (portrayed by Think Like a Man’s Meagan Good), app developer Tye (Mother’s Milk’s Jerrie Johnson), passionate singer Angie (Bodied’s Shoniqua Shandai), and up-and-coming fashion designer Quinn (Empire’s Grace Byers) — as they attempt to reach the next level in their romantic and career aspirations in Harlem, New York. 

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Meagan Good, Jerrie Johnson, Shoniqua Shandai, and Grace Byers during ‘Harlem’ Season 1 Episode 1 | Sarah Shatz/Amazon Studios

‘Harlem’ Season 1 Episode introduces viewers to a group of ambitious women

The premiere episode began with Camille (Meagan Good) teaching her Columbia students about the Mosuo tribe, where women are treated more superior in households, and extending some of their principles to what she and her friends are hoping for in their relationships.

She then met with her eccentric boss, who let her know she put in a word for the budding professor to land a more permanent teaching gig with the university.

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Afterward, the viewers meet tech entrepreneur Tye (Jerrie Johnson), who recounted a story of her cussing out an investor for lowballing her an offer for budding queer people of color dating app Q to the group at a dinner.

While telling her friends of another woman she planned to ask out, Tye admitted her type includes less complex “influencers” because she wishes to retain control.

The show also includes their romantic lives as they also try to find love

The other two friends, aspiring singer Angie (Shoniqua Shandai) and promising fashion designer Quinn (Grace Byers), live together as the latter is supporting her musical dreams.

During a walk with Quinn, Camille spotted her ex Ian (Tyler Lepley), who she dumped a while prior when he wanted to pursue a career in culinary.

The professor hasn’t dated anyone since, even though a former student has expressed interest and seems to regret her choice. She saw him again at Angie’s Open Mic that night, and the episode ended with her finally gathering the courage to approach him.

The pilot also highlighted the other’s love lives as hopeless romantic Quinn traveled to Long Island for a date which left her stranded when he bounced with her purse. Additionally, Tye began seeing a woman outside of her usual type, mainly to prove a point.

Songs featured in ‘Harlem’ Season 1 Episode 1

Nicki Minaj – “Wave Ya Hand”
Opening scene

City Girls – “Act Up”
Song Angie is singing that interrupts Quinn’s phone call

UMI – “Down to Earth”
Played during a flashback of Ian leaving in a taxi

Doja Cat – “Juicy”
Song Camille is listening to while working out

Coco Jones – “Float”
While Tye and Shayla (Claudia Logan) make out

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TT the Artist – “Every day is a Party”
The song playing in Long Island club where Quinn and Cory (Guyviaud Joseph) meet

Fousheé – “single af”
While Camille reminisced about Ian’s mug

Joey Purp – “Elastic”
While Camille and Malik (Ashlee Brian) are in bed

Buddy – “Trouble on Central”
When Angie picked up Quinn

Marcus Meston – “Set It Off”
Ends episode

All 10 episodes of Harlem Season 1 are streaming on Amazon Prime.