In 18th century England, Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies was the Consumer Reports of bordellos, helping men -- and some women -- find just what they sought. Explicitly yet eloquently detailing the “special talents” of hookers, the one-time bestseller, which can still be purchased online, continues to amuse. Just recently it inspired Moira Buffini to write a TV show on the subject, Harlots, streaming on Hulu beginning March 29. It is beautifully written, acted, directed and produced – and also surprisingly feminist, as Buffini and her team made clear last weekend during Hulu’s day at the Winter 2017 Television Critics Association tour.
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