Harlots is not coming back to Hulu for another season.
After running for three seasons on the Disney-owned streaming service, the Alison Newman and Moira Buffini-created period drama has been cancelled. Hulu’s decision not to renew the series for season 4 was confirmed by several news outlet on June 10th ― almost 10 months after its season 3 finale was released.
Set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, Harlots, based on Hallie Rubenhold’s book The Covent Garden Ladies, offers a new take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex. The series follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), along with her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Leslie Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret fights back despite putting her family at risk.
In addition to Morton and Manville, the series also stars Jessica Brown Findlay as Charlotte Wells, Margaret’s eldest daughter and the city’s most coveted courtesan who begins to grapple with her position in both society and her family. Also starring are Eloise Smyth as Lucy Wells, Liv Tyler as Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam, and Alfie Allen as Isaac Pincher, among many others.
Hulu didn’t give any reason for the show’s cancellation, and since the streamer does not release traditional viewership data, it’s hard to tell whether or not the streamer’s decision to pull the plug on the series was due to a drop in the number of viewers.
Harlots’ cancellation came after Hulu added a number of original shows to its FX on Hulu hub, including drama miniseries Mrs. America, sci-fi thriller Devs, as well as upcoming miniseries A Teacher and action drama The Old Man.