I’m a big fan of the HARLEY QUINN animated show. It’s fun, provocative, very entertaining, and boasts a unique (somewhat vintage) animation style reminiscent of the nineties’ BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. That being said, you don’t need to catch up on the three ten-episode seasons to enjoy the raucous Valentine’s Day special.
Chock full of relevant pop-culture references, the special revolves around the best characters in the show – Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Clayface, and, uh, Brett Goldstein of TED LASSO fame (yes! really! playing himself!). A VERY PROBLEMATIC VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL isn’t really all that “problematic” in the modern connotation of the word (leave that to VELMA), but it is literally full of problems.
Above all, HARLEY QUINN pulls off what all edgy adult animated comedies strive to do – present the viewers with funny, raucous material, but also have a big heart and emotional draw, with characters that feel genuine.
HARLEY QUINN: A VERY PROBLEMATIC VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL is now streaming on HBO Max.
Edit: I had no idea that the interwoven couples-on-the-couch interviews were referencing WHEN HARRY MET SALLY because I still haven’t seen it. A little embarrassing, but like I mentioned above, there are a ton of references.