Harlem Heights


The cast of Harlem Heights

Last night BET debuted it’s newest reality show, Harlem Heights. Set in the historical New York neighborhood, Harlem Heights follows the lives of eight 20 somethings living and working in the city. Of course, no reality show would be complete without it’s fair share of drama.

Regarded by some as the network’s version of “The Hills,” BET pulled out the big bucks for the shows advertising. Billboards and video advertisements were inescapable, particularly during the weekend leading up to the premiere. The network even hosted a premiere screening at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. With such heavy advertising, it was nearly impossible to forget the show’s 10pm debut.

In the premiere episode, we were introduced to the cast as they prepared for and, later, celebrated President Barack Obama’s election. The second episode showed the cast going about their everyday lives, and introduced a bit of conflict between two cast members. From having store owners pull looks for the girls to try on prior to their arrival in the shop, to bypassing the standard yellow cab and opting to ride in a limo to a neighborhood lounge, it seems that the cast of Harlem Heights is living the “good life.”

If you tuned into Harlem Heights last night let us know what you thought. If your frenemy invites you to her birthday party, would you attend and purposely plan to out-dress her? Do you take a limo to the club? Most importantly, were the first two episodes good enough to convince you to watch next week? Let us know.

Harlem Heights airs on BET on Mondays, at 10pm.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I thought it was good light television fare. Will I look to this show to prvide me with hard hitting insights into the political and business landscape of harlem? No. But its a good wind down show for a Tuesday night. Would I attend a frenemy’s party? No. After a certain age, you shouldn’t have frenemies. You either have good girlfriend’s or you you don’t. There is no time to be bothered with anything else. A limo to a club? Come on now!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I was so anxious to see this show… telling all of my friends and associates alike to tune in. I even decided two days prior to it airing to throw a premier party at my home inviting all of my socialites. And then, I was let down.  I mean drama in the second episode… forreal? Not too mention the whole limo to the club thing… ::blinking blankly:: was a bit much. I’ve been known to take a town car when I know my friends and I are going to drink heavily but a limo is overkill. On a positive note, I like that they are showing positive black men that are trying to do something to better themselves and their communities so big ups for that. I definitely plan to give it another chance in hopes that the episodes will get better. -GLAM

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ll begin by saying that I am not a BET fan. I feel the programming is subpar at best. However, this show caught my attention and I’m glad to say for good reason.
    It was great to see people of colour in such great positions. The program focused on hard working, intelligent, good looking men and women and didn’t stoop to the levels that others have.
    Unlike other shows we won’t mention, HH showed people of colour in motion and not just singing and dancing. It showed us contributing in a tangible respectable way. From a designer to a community organizer the show brilliantly showcased some of our fiercest talent peppered with a touch of flair, of course. I’m glad we’re finally here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just when I thought BET had FINALLY provided America with a reality show that could truly depict young Black women and men in a positive light, I was let down. Black men will always be opinionated, motivated, suave, charismatic, determined, and non-confrontational. However, the Black woman, somehow I get set up for failure everytime. Why must all of the sista's be so petty, catty and immature? Society already has this false interpretation of who the Black woman is and what the Black woman represents, which could not be as far from the truth. And here comes Briana, Brooke & Co whose biggest topic of discussions is Ashli, who she's dating, where she works, and going above and beyond to dress better than her. Ridiculous! After watching the most recent episode it was a reminder of how catastrophic Black women really can be. I mean come on ladies, grow up. I am a fan of good t.v., but is it really necessary for you ladies to wear your hateration and silliness so loudly. I am an established Black woman, as you all hope to one day become, and I must say, you're all so very foolish. As a supporter of Black t.v., black culture, and black people, I regret to say that I may as well watch the Hills!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoyed Harlem Heights and look forward to another series. It is real life, real situations between young adults/mid and older adults no matter what their race is. Some may say that the disputes between the girls were petty and catty and that may be true. That is how life is no matter how professional you are. You find it in grad chapter sorority meeting, at work, and in your personal circle. It would be nice to avoid petty and catty situations but no matter how hard you try to avoid those encounter they just seem to find you.

    Please bring the show back for a second series.

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