FIRST LOOK: Close Enough (TV Series 2020–) – HBO Max

It’s not often I read about major companies using gummy bears infused with cannabis to promote a new animated TV series.

Yes, really, serious.

According to various articles I’m reading, there’s some history behind this show having difficulty being published, that WarnerMedia — known has having a penchant for TV-MA content — picked up for HBO Max.

HBO Max is taking an unconventional approach to promoting its upcoming new series Close Enough. The streaming service is partnering with Sunderstorm’s Kanha to release limited edition cannabis infused edible gummies to celebrate the new animated series set to premiere on June 9th. The gummies feature strains inspired by each of the show’s four main adult characters and will be available at select California dispensaries as well as for delivery in California via Eaze while supplies last through the month of July. The unconventional campaign is one that SVP of Program Marketing at HBO Peter Sherman said feels “authentic” to the series.

HBO Max Releasing Cannabis-Infused Edible Gummies to Celebrate Close Enough Series

Ok, we’ve got plenty of background in that article about cannabis, but what is Close Enough the animated TV series about? IMDB:

A comedic look on a couple trying to face various challenges in their daily lives while trying to cope with their changes from 20s to 30s

Close Enough (TV Series 2020– ) – IMDb

Boring description. Trailer?

Can this fill the hole left in my adult animated heart by the finale of Season 2 of Harley Quinn? Um, not sure, but will definitely check out at least the first episode. Are you interested in watching this show? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Close Enough is available for streaming on HBO Thursday, July 9, 2020.

All 26 Harley Quinn Episodes Ranked and Reviewed from first two seasons

It’s been a fun, entertaining journey following, watching and reviewing weekly releases of episodes for every new Harley Quinn adult animated TV show on DC Universe.

Those reading have already seen the reviews and during season 1 I ranked the episodes each week. In season 2 I decided to wait until the season was over and rank them all at one time along with season 1, sharing the episodes I enjoyed best. There were no terrible episodes, but a few that I thought missed the mark and could be safely skipped and not miss much. Only 3 out of the 26 episodes are not recommended.

With 9 of 26 episodes (34.6%!) having 4.5 or 5 stars just shows the overall strength and entertainment value in this series. If you haven’t seen this show yet and have any interest in watching adult animated shows, make plans to do so. It packs a real punch in 22 minutes and was my favorite TV show of 2019 (just slightly ahead of The Mandalorian, which I also loved) and so far my #2 favorite of 2020 for season 2.

Harley Quinn All 26 Episodes Ranked & Reviewed

  1. S1:E12 – Devil’s Snare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. S2:E8 – Inner (Para)Demons ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. S2:E4 – Thawing Hearts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. S1:E11 – Harley Quinn Highway ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. S2:E12 – Lovers’ Quarrel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. S2:E9 – Bacherlorette ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  10. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. S1:E13 – The Final Joke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (season 1 final episode)
  12. S2:E2 – Riddle U ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. S2:E6 – All The Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. S2:E13 – The Runaway Bridesmaid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (season 2 final episode)
  15. S2:E1 – New Gotham ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  16. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  17. S2:E3 – Trapped ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  18. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  19. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  20. S2:E7 – There’s No Place TO Go But Down ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  21. S1:E9 – A Seat At The Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  22. S2:E11 – A Fight Worth Fighting For ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  23. S2:E10 – Dye Hard ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  24. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½
  25. S1:E10 – Bensonhurst ⭐️⭐️
  26. S2:E5 – Batman’s Back Man ⭐️⭐️

I suspect this show will be renewed for at least one more season (probably two) and rightly so.

Where it goes from the end of season 2 is already under discussion by the showrunners.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

And if we’re lucky enough to get a Season 3, and we truly don’t know yet, but if we are we’re not going to walk it back. They’re a couple. Any stakes that we want to build into the season moving forward are not going to involve [the question of] “Will they be able to stay in a relationship?” They’re going to be a couple.

Would be interesting to see the dynamic of their relationship together as a couple explored. Also, what happens to Gotham now that the Justice League are back? Will Harley & Ivy continue to be villains or become heroes, helping the Justice League as they did a few times in the first two seasons.

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E13 – The Runaway Bridesmaid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
June 26, 2020
Season 2 finale!

Episode 13 – “The Runaway Bridesmaid”

Here we arrive at wedding day and Harley, Riddler and Dr. Psycho are locked up in Arkham while the Justice League are being awarded medals for saving the city. Just as Commissioner Gordon believes he’s about to receive the key to the city, it’s awarded to someone else. Gordon is now committed to avenging this decision and proving he can take down Ivy’s wedding with some undercover cops.

Clayface and King Shark break Harley out so she can join the wedding where she’s still maid of honor. The Cobb Squad resists, but Harley is determined to save Ivy and Kite Man’s special day from Commissioner Gordon ruining the event.

Does Ivy marry Kite Man? Is Commissioner Gordon’s plan to lock up everybody successful? Will Clayface sing for his idol director Tim Burton?

These questions and more are answered on the season two finale of Harley Quinn.

Summary

Time and again this show has proved what can be done in 22 minutes. We’ve been consistently impressed with how much story, deep cut characters, side stories, adventures and action are jammed into this relatively short run time.

Unfortunately, — and this is the one episode not to have this happen — I think this finale episode comes off as a bit too rushed. It’s one of very few that this applies in the entire 26 episode run (13 episodes each season). There are just too many emotions, characters, subcharacters and plot arcs and story ideas that must be wrapped up and the comedy — the humor which is so well written — somewhat suffers.

That criticism aside, it was still a good episode.

It was fun and entertaining how they chose to close this show. If this is to be the last episode ever, and I hope it’s not, viewers are not left with some lame cliffhanger. For that reason alone I’m leaving this one as 4 stars, when I felt it was more a three-star episode comparing to so many others. Greedy perhaps, but I wanted to have a 5-star episode to close this amazing adult animated series, but that was probably asking for too much considering how much build-up. I’m OK with what we were left with, but if only they could have finished with a 2-part final episode.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E12 – Lovers’ Quarrel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
June 19, 2020

Episode 12 – “Lovers’ Quarrel”

Harley escapes from the mind-controlled Poison Ivy thanks to Kite Man flying over. He explains what happened to Ivy and that Ivy and his wedding is tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Dr. Psycho is focusing on killing the Justice League and Harley & team. Sy Borgman’s eye gives helpful info to Harley and Kite Man about an anti-mind control technology.

Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman face off against mind-controlled Ivy (pictured top). Soon, Darkseid joins Dr. Psycho to watch his evil plan being hatched and to recover Harley.

Will Ivy be turned back by the anti-mind control device courtesy of “Soldering Man” (loved that line, hell yeah!)? Will the Justice League take down mind-control Ivy? Will Harley confront Ivy with feelings of love?

All these questions and more answered in episode #12.

Summary

Similar to the first season, the episode before the season finale is almost 100% pure action. We get to see the Justice League squaring off against a mind-controlled Ivy, Harley and Kite Man working together on a solution with the deceased Sy Borgman to save Ivy and Darkseid watching over the carnage. Yeah, this episode has it all.

I can’t believe we only get one more episode of this series. My guess as to where it leads? The final episode will revolve around Kite Man and Ivy’s wedding. Will they get married or will Harley and Ivy get together? It’s kind of a soap opera in very adult animated form. If you haven’t watched an episode of this show yet, give ones like this a try and see what you think.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E11 – A Fight Worth Fighting For ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
June 12, 2020

Episode 11 – “A Fight Worth Fighting For”

Frank The Plant does a brief, but unnecessary, recap narration of past events to bring current viewers to where we’re at in the story with Dr. Psycho commanding an army of parademons, Harley throwing Joker-bartender into the vat of green acid to bring him back from his amnesia.

Frank the Plant and his stoner roommate hashing out the past

Once returned, Joker finds out Harley has planted a bomb inside his head — going all Escape from New York Plisskin mode — and if he doesn’t cooperate with Harley she’ll blow him up. What she wants is Joker to tell him where the Queen of Fables book is so that she can release the trapped Justice League from an episode way back in season one.

Joker explains the book is with Bethany, the nurse who brought him back from the building collapse at the end of season one. He became all domesticated and Bethany is keeping the book.

Meanwhile, Poison Ivy and Kite Man are continuing the quest to prepare their wedding with parademons flying overhead wreaking havoc. Ivy is staying out of the fight, trying to not think about Harley and proceed with her wedding to Kite Man.

Harley and Joker visit Bethany to get the book and she throws it angrily into the clutches of a parademon. The book is swept away to the parademon nest. Joker and Harley must team up to storm the nest and fight for the book back.

A fight ensues and it seems like Harley and Joker might be overwhelmed …

Dr. Psycho cuts a deal with Darkseid that if he brings the head of Harley Quinn to Darkseid, the earth will be his.

Ivy has enough when a parademon wrecks her wedding dress and decides to take down Dr. Psycho and the parademons.

Will Harley and Joker escape the parademons nest? What is Ivy going to do? What does Batman — unmentioned to this point — have to do with any of this? Will the Justice League be freed from the Book of Fables?

These questions and more answered on episode #11.

Summary

This is one of those bridge the story episodes, with the high point being Joker-bartender losing his amnesia and teaming up with Harley, against his will, to retrieve the Book of Fables. Ivy is mostly sidelined again and the parademons are wrecking Gotham, again. Frank the Plant, great to see him return, but his appearance is mostly to tell viewers that have been following the story what we already know.

It seems like this would have been better split into multiple episodes rather than shoehorned into one frenzied 22 minute episode, but it’s all setup for the final two episodes, probably with a major cliffhanger at the end of episode 12, followed by the season conclusion.

Entertaining? Yes, but on the whole one of the weaker episodes of season two. The surprise at the end of this episode seemed more than a bit too convenient and easy, but we’ll see how that works out at the beginning of the episode 11. The show, even when it stumbles, is often still a lot of fun to watch. No exceptions here. Check this one out.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E10 – Dye Hard ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
June 5, 2020

Episode 10 – “Dye Hard”

Harley returns from the Amazonian island and realizes she is without anybody to spend time with. She tries to get Clayface and King Shark to hang out with her, but they both have plans with their own paramours.

So, Harley heads back to that bar with the Joker bartender that doesn’t realize he’s Joker. They exchange some pleasantries, but Harley is horny and bored and irritated that Joker-bartender seems too familiar to be her “one” to spend time with. Thugs break into the bar and handcuff Harley and Joker-bartender.

Soon, they run into the Riddler, who wants to kill them.

A text message to bring Clayface, King Shark and Psy also the the scene reveals the true mastermind…

He has teamed up with Riddler and with the magic helmet empowers the parademons to kill them all. Will he succeed or will the team bind together? Will Joker-bartender turn into full on Joker?

These questions and more are explored on Season 2, Episode 10: “Dye Hard”

Summary

The title made me think this episode was going to at least in part be some sort of parody of Die Hard, and there are some nods to this famous action franchise, like Harley and Joker-bartender crawling through the AC ducts (remember John McClane using his lighter and talking to himself — yup, that’s the scene steal). It would have been even cooler if they’d have had the final conflict in a Nakatomi Plaza. Go full on parody, but they didn’t.

Also, noticeably missing from this episode is Poison Ivy. Throughout the series, she has repeatedly been the one to come to Harley’s aid. In this episode, Ivy is noticeably missing in action. Was this another week that Lake Bell needed a vacation or something? Instead we get Harley talking about Ivy when she isn’t there.

Psy gets some more screen time in this episode. I’ve never cared much for his character, but kind of a cool to see what they did with him here.

This one feels a bit like a filler episode rather than advancing much story. Harley is lonely, Dr. Psycho seeks revenge and Joker-bartender is, still, a bartender. An entertaining episode, but a little thin.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E9 – Bacherlorette ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Talk about a provocative episode thumbnail for S2:E9 “Bachorlette”

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
May 29, 2020

Episode 9 – “Bacherlorette”

Harley has arranged an elaborate bachelorette party on Wonder Woman’s Amazonian all-women island. They take the invisible plan and en route, of course, birds crash violently into the plane and splatter violently.

Once on the island, they take an invisible car to the hotel. Catwoman makes sure to put Harley on the spot on her and Ivy, “you two hooked up” — Harley admits that they just kissed.

Meanwhile, the bachelor party aboard is on a ship with Frank The Plant, Kite Man.

King Shark gets a fairly detailed side story underwater where he’s part of a forced marriage. His bride is Tabitha, a hammerhead sharkette that can chainsmoke underwater lol.

Naturally neither one wants to get married, but it’s part of a family tradition.

Meanwhile, Harley tries to convince Ivy that their relationship, now intimate, can add a new dimension to their friendship.

Animated pillow talk, no. More like horror (from Ivy) and delight (from Harley)

Ivy is plagued with guilt and wants to escape the island. Harley convinces Ivy to enjoy the rest of the bacherlorette festivities she has planned, including some killing and foiling an eco-terror plan on the island.

You’ll need to tune in to this episode to learn what Ivy thinks of Harley’s plan to take their relationship to the next level, whether or not they successfully foil Lex Luthor’s diabolical plan on the Amazonian island and if King Shark gets married.

Summary

No other episode of Harley Quinn to date has been as provocative before it has aired based on a thumbnail screencap as this one showing Harley and Ivy in bed and looking very much like, “um, what are we doing here?” The title of the episode suggests there was a party, perhaps numerous libations and the end result was sleeping in the same bed together. Is that what happened or just what looked like what happened?

This episode takes us there — and then some — with Harley and Ivy’s complicated, yet loving relationship. It also gives King Shark an odd, but charming side story, oh, and can’t forget the off the chain bacherlorette party, complete with Catwoman, Mr. Freeze’s wife and some gal named Jen, that doesn’t want to be called Jen.

I love this wild, crazy show. The great stories just keep coming every week. Taking a half star away for the King Shark story which was less compelling than the bizarre bachelorette story. Would rather have seen something involving Kite Man a little more interesting instead of him just putting a puzzle together with Frank The Plant and Clayface.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E8 – Inner (Para)Demons ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
May 22, 2020

Episode 8 – “Inner (Para)Demons”

Commissioner Gordon contacts the president and says he’s taken down the Injustice League. The president replies that there is one criminal left to deal with before “Gotham can be put back on the map” – Harley Quinn.

Harley & Ivy are sitting in the lair and talk about the kiss. It was just an impetuous moment is how they play it off and Harley kisses Dr. Psycho who spits out and says, “Ew! I’m not your type!”

Batgirl stops by to warn Harley and team. She quick kisses Batgirl because she “kisses people for no reason.”

Harley wants to amass an evil army. Meanwhile Poison Ivy and Kite Man are having dinner with Kite Man’s snooty parents. Kite Man only wants their approval, but they are disappointed in him for not having “real” superpowers.

Harley, Clayface, King Shark and Dr. Psycho access an inter-dimensional portal to face off against a super-villain in order to gain access to an evil army at the request of Darksied.

Will Harley & crew win the battle and command the army against Gordon and the Gotham police?

Granny Goodness vs. Harley Quinn with a great and powerful army of parademons as the prize

Will Ivy have a showdown with Kite Man’s parents or just deal with their awkward approval of Kite Man and her as a couple? Will Harley tell Ivy her true feelings or just keep making up excuses?

These questions answered and more, just tune in and check it out season 2, episode 8!

Summary

This episode has everything that’s great about this show packed in a mega-entertaining watch: a mission with the crew, tension, villains to defeat, the fate of Gotham hanging in the balance, a battle of good vs. sorta evil (Harley & team) vs. true evil. The signature snappy banter, Harley nervously avoiding her true feelings for Ivy and Kite Man trying to gain acceptance from his disapproving parents. Yeah, this is a gold star episode and one of the best of the two seasons. Top three for me to date.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Let’s Talk About The Kiss Heard Round The Harley Quinn Animated World

BFF Harley & Ivy sharing drinks in a past season two episode

When posting my review for Harley Quinn S2:E7 “There’s No Place To Go But Down” I intentionally avoided discussing the kiss. I didn’t want to spoil others seeing that pivotal moment in the episode and series, but more time has now passed (and hopefully those interested have seen the episode), so I do have many thoughts on what happened and want to expand.

So many things to cover on essentially less than one minute of animated film. It’s power packed emotional seconds in film.

If you haven’t seen S2:E7 yet, and want to, this post is one you should probably come back to after watching the entire episode. If you have, then this is where we’ll discuss the kiss.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Harley and Ivy’s kiss was long overdue, yes, but Harley Quinn ended up delivering it within the context of a story that made it impossible not to understand their love as anything but deeply felt and like something that’s going to last. The one sad thing, though, is that someone’s going to have to let Kite Man know that…it’s just not going to work out for him again.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Kiss: DC Animated Finally Did It

So here are some screen caps of the kiss and the aftermath, however brief, but telling.

The kiss appears very passionate and definitely in the moment

Cheating on Kite Man with Harley sure looks very bad for these two very close characters, but maybe it’s something that happened in the moment that neither could resist. That they’ve been wanting to do this before Kite Man was ever in the picture and the emotional moment of Ivy saving Harley from the fall in the pit was what triggered this passionate moment.

Now, take a look at their immediate reaction afterwards:

Shock? Dismay? Guilt? Realization that their friendship just went to a whole new level?

No doubt that they both look … something. What did we just do? That’s the caption, I guess.

Now watch the entire scene in its entirety to absorb the full scene:

When it is over as the end credits roll, it’s complete silence as if to pay tribute to … what, Kite Man?

The obvious missing third wheel.

Where is Kite Man?

The scene would have played even more dramatic if it panned to Kite Man watching this happen.

Maybe that emotional betrayal moment still happens in some way in the next episode? Or maybe this is a topic that neither Harley or Ivy discuss right away, they backburner it out of guilt? We don’t know how it is all going to play out yet.

I found it curious that the episode didn’t cover Kite Man at all, other than a brief couple sentences from Ivy saying how she finally found someone she wanted to marry and was stuck in a pit. At least part of Ivy’s motivation, with her friend Harley helping, was to get out so Ivy could get to her future married life with Kite Man.

Our “Hell Yeah” friend, Kite Man, is completely absent from the trial. Why didn’t they pan to him in the audience at least? Maybe he’s crying when the sentencing is read(?). Wouldn’t he be standing by his lover, Ivy? Where was he? What could be more important in his life than being there? Again, we haven’t been told, so hopefully these questions are answered in a future episode. His absence in this episode is puzzling and problematic because viewers are going to feel badly for him. He didn’t do anything wrong and he’s being cheated on.

Ivy needs to talk to Kite Man and explain she has deeper feelings for Harley than just friends. Maybe Ivy has strong feelings for both of them, but she needs to make a choice … or maybe she’ll choose to live happily ever after with both. This is 2020, why not?

I think the titles of the remaining episodes leave a clue as to what might happen, so for those interested, you can seek out those title names on the future schedule on our TV Series Reviews page and draw your own conclusions.

So far the show has done an amazing job telling the story and I, too, would like to be surprised.

Do I want Kite Man and Ivy to get together over Harley and Ivy? I think the crowd pleasing favorite is Harley & Ivy and that would be more in line with the comics, but this series is playing fast and loose with the characters and history, so who knows? They are killing off established characters and essentially creating their own DC Universe.

I’m hoping whatever happens there remains energy and interest for more seasons. The producers discussed having ideas for future seasons if Warner Bros. will greenlight additional seasons, so I think the creative team would be up to it. Even if Warner Bros. came out today and said another season was approved, I’m guessing we wouldn’t see it until at least 2022.

But if they can finance $20-30+ million to release the Snyder Cut, they surely can approve more seasons of this excellent show. It might be smart from a business standpoint to see how the whole HBO Max launch goes later this month and reassess where DC Universe sits, too, when the pandemic winds down more. That’s a fair guess of where this is likely headed.

What did you think of Harley & Ivy’s kiss?

Was this just a brief moment in time where they did something they won’t ever do again? Will they ultimately end up together? Or is it a threesome with Kite Man? Whatever we speculate, we’ll probably be at least partly wrong, but it can be fun to guess where things might be headed.

Harley Quinn Season 2, Episode 8 debuts tomorrow exclusively on DC Universe, Friday May 22, 2020 @ 6am PT (GMT-8). Review to follow.

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E7 – There’s No Place To Go But Down ⭐️⭐️⭐️

From left to right pictured, Harley Quinn, Bane and Poison Ivy … now there’s a fun trio!

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
May 15, 2020

Episode 7 – “There’s No Place To Go But Down”

Bane as judge, Harley on trial for murder of the Injustice League members and their incomprehensible attorney that nobody shrieks at will, opposing attorney is Two Face Harley Dent.

A problematic drinker Jim Gordon joined by Batgirl, as they bond in the sewers looking for Ratcatcher.

Harley & Poison are sentenced and condemned to a hole known as The Pit (“for the criminally capable”) by Judge Bane, who then falls into The Pit with them. Killer Croc is down there too, knitting caps for them. They work on plan to escape the hole.

Gordon continues wallowing in his drink when Two Face comes to kill him with two goons. Batgirl appears with a not-so-surprising revelation.

Stand-up comedy moment starring George Lopez with Bane as the MC. Poison Ivy takes the microphone and is heckled by others.

Does Ivy’s stand-up routine start a riot so Harley and her can escape? Will Jim Gordon stop drinking and get his act together? Is George Lopez going to have another killer set in The Pit? To learn these answers and more, tune in!

Summary

The episode continues after Harley & Ivy’s capture and begins with an extremely short trial (would have been fun to have more of that trial explored and some Perry Mason moments).

The Gordon and Batgirl side story doesn’t have much juice in the beginning but really picks up by the end. One of those stories where they get captured and have a goofy plan to escape, yet it is missing any assistance from Harley’s crew (where are they?) And I’m feeling some real Frank The Plant withdrawal symptoms.

There is a mini-shocker at the end but something we’ve seen telegraphed. Still, it adds a star to what was going to be a sub three star rating for me. Just a little bit too much thrown at the wall and see what sticks feel to this episode although it does sort of come together by the end.

My favorite parts were the opening trial, the stand-up comedy by Poison Ivy and the last few seconds. The George Lopez cameo is under-utilized. What happens in The Pit stays in The Pit.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️