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Harlee Santos

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Harlee Santos
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Jennifer Lopez as Harlee Santos
Shades of Blue character
Portrayed byJennifer Lopez
First appearanceSeason 1, Episode 1
Last appearanceSeason 3, Episode 10
OccupationNYPD Detective

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Harlee Santos is a character in the crime drama television series Shades of Blue, portrayed by Jennifer Lopez.

Santos is an NYPD detective who is a single mother. She is corrupt, taking bribes and protection money so that she can provide for her daughter.[1] She is then forced by the FBI to go undercover and investigate her own squad.

Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González suggest that Santos is depicted as duplicitous and a traitor. They argue that the show follows a Latina-as-mamá stereotype.[2] Conversely, Willa Paskin, writing for Slate magazine, argues that Santos is presented too sympathetically and generously: she is "down-to-earth and competent, flipping from flirtatious to distressed, maternal to infuriated."[3]


  1. Faithfull, Eden. "Everything you need to know about Jennifer Lopez's cop drama Shades of Blue". Nine Network. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  2. Aldama, Frederick Luis; González, Christopher (2019). Reel Latinxs: Representation in U.S. Film and TV. University of Arizona Press. pp. 122–123. ISBN 9780816540501. Retrieved 30 October 2020. Search this book on
  3. Paskin, Willa (6 January 2016). "Shades of Blue". Slate. Retrieved 30 October 2020.

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