| 8.6/10 |
6 September 2016
| Donald Glover
Brian Tyree Henry
Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Jamal Olori
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series
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Atlanta is an American comedy-drama television series created by and starring Donald Glover. The series is about two cousins navigating their way in the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families. FX ordered the pilot to a 10-episode season in October 2015. Two weeks after the series premiered on September 6, 2016, FX announced that Atlanta had been renewed for a second season that will air in 2018.
The show received two Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy for Glover.
Atlanta (TV series) Wikipedia
The series follows Earn (Donald Glover) during his daily life in Atlanta, Georgia, as he tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend (the mother of his daughter), his parents, and his cousin, who raps under the stage name "Paper Boi". Having dropped out of Princeton University, Earn has no money and no home, and so he alternates between staying with his parents and his girlfriend. Once he realizes that his cousin is on the verge of stardom, he desperately seeks to reconnect in order to improve his life and the life of his daughter, Lotti.Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks, a young Princeton dropout turned manager trying to get his cousin Paper Boi's rap career off the ground
Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles, an up-and-coming rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. He is Earn's cousin.
Keith Stanfield as Darius, Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary
Zazie Beetz as Vanessa "Van" Keefer, Earn's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his daughter
Harold House Moore as Swiff
Griffin Freeman as Dave
Emmett Hunter as Ahmad White
Cranston Johnson as Deshawn
Myra Lucretia Taylor as Mrs. Marks
Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Raleigh Marks
FX first began developing the show in August 2013, and then the pilot was ordered to series by FX Networks in December 2014. It was directed by Hiro Murai and shot in Atlanta. It got picked up to series with a 10-episode order in October 2015. Glover, who grew up in Atlanta and also works as a musician, stated that "the city influenced the tone of the show".
Atlanta has received widespread acclaim from television critics. Based on the first four episodes, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season an approval rating of 100%, based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 8.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Ambitious and refreshing, Atlanta offers a unique vehicle for star and series creator Donald Glover's eccentric brand of humor—as well as a number of timely, trenchant observations." On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 90 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle gave it a highly positive review, writing: "The scripts for the four episodes made available to critics are as richly nuanced as anything you'll see on TV or, to be sure, in a movie theater. You will not only know these characters after only one episode, you'll be hooked on them, as well. In so many areas, Atlanta sets the bar exceptionally high." Sonia Saraiya of Variety also praised the series, declaring it a "finished, cinematic, and beautiful production that may be one of the best new shows of the fall."