A single camera comedy that revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy.
I can't even begin to state how awesomely brilliant this show is. No amount of words can do it justice. It really makes everything else out there now look like childs play. It is in no way trying to ingratiate you with sitcom charms and tropes, it demands that you respect it on its own terms and for that I am thankful to the creators involved. This is what an artistic vision looks like. The acting. The writing. The direction. The way it looks. It's like your watching a 30 minute movie. It's funny, it's sad, it's heartbreaking, it's entertaining, it's CINEMATIC, all at the same time, you are going through a whirlwind mix of emotions during any given scene which gives it a tension most shows and most movies for that matter fail to do on a consistent basis. I'm telling you if you have not seen it, get on it quick, it will become a major part of your pop culture diet. This is straight up watercooler entertainment right here folks. I just bought the entire season and just gonna wait till all the shows are in the can so I can binge watch the hell out of it, can't do the whole weekly thing, just not patient enough, this is not a tv show, this is an epic movie, straight up and down. Props to Donald Glover and all the creatives involved, thank you so much!!!!!
Donald Glover does it again. Glover might change mediums on us every few years, but he always comes back with something new that's incredibly fresh. Atlanta won't just make you laugh at the characters' conversations or at incredibly random ATLiens (people from Atlanta), it will also make you think about life, society, race, fame, and other deep topics/issues. I can't testify to whether or not D.G. has truly captured the city of Atlanta in this show (since I've never been there), but I can definitely tell you that we're at least witnessing Glover's Atlanta.
I love how Donald Glover talked about Atlanta (both the city and the show) on Jimmy Fallon and said something along the lines of "Atlanta is a lot like NYC in that every individual has their own very specific philosophy". It's so perfect because other shows will spend an entire season trying to make a character have more depth, but in Atlanta, every character teems with so much personality that you know who they are and what they're about within minutes if not seconds.
So far, all I've really talked about is the show's aesthetic and setting, and if I haven't already grabbed your attention, know that there's a well-written story with well-written characters on top of everything I've said so far. Donald Glover is really the guy that ties the whole show together. Not to get too technical, but his character Earnest "Earn" Marks is like the "straight man" in a world where crazy and funny fuse. Witnessing the passionate ATLiens and their actions through Earn's lens makes everything funnier and more interesting.
Long story short, it's incredible and unlike any show you've ever seen.
The show has a unique feel to the whole story and setting. The camerawork is noticeable different than many other shows. The story is well-written enough to draw the viewer in and hold the viewer until the end. The comedy touches on both controversial and common problems in a way that makes light of the situation while retaining the depth of the issue. I have ever only seen the available three episodes thus far, but this show looks very promising.
Donald Glover had a stellar 2016. Atlanta was right there with his other work. He released his R&B/Soul album, "Awaken, My Love!", he was officially announced as young Lando in the upcoming 2018 film Star Wars movie, "Solo: A Star Wars Story", as well as voicing Simba in a 2019 CG-animated and re-imagined version of the classic The Lion King.
He continues to exceed expectations. He keeps on surprising people with his latest projects.
ATLANTA is no different. My goodness, this season was a wonderful beginning to a mysterious, funny, socially aware, self-reflective series. The leading cast is awesome, the episodes all have unique stories, and the season finale makes you want more! I am on-board for season 2.