Atlanta: Season 1 (2016)

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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.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Paper Boi? Who the hell is that? I swear everybody want to be a rapper now-a-days smh. Song is bumpin tho.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

See every rapper think he a thug, well you do the crime, you do the time. Dont drop the soap haha. Free my uncle Jay!

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Air date: Sep 13, 2016

This man Earn broke as hell. How you gone go out on a date with no money? Umm mhmm these Atlanta dudes trifling. But Ok, Paper Boi might really be about that life tho.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2016

Boi is tripping about this blog stuff but it's just Twitter bruh. It's just entertainment. Somebody needs to get Earn some money. Skreetmoney Worldwide man.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2016

Ayyye, okay! We got celebs in the building balling for the kids. I love me some Justin Bieber. Man, Paper Boi stay hating tho haha.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2016

I love my bestie for real but I can't stand her neither. Van just jealous cause her girl out here jet settin and poppin. Ok girl get yours.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2016

Montague; Special guest Paper Boi and Dr. Deborah Holt.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2016

Baller Alert! NFL players, not to mention Jeff Miles and the bottle boys at Primal tonight. Paper Boi gonna be in this thang too. Liiiiiiiittttttttt. I got pre sale bands.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2016

Why my Auntie trying to make me go to one of these bougie Junteenth parties again? I don't like them sadity people and I'm gonna miss my shows. Le sigh.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2016

Yo last night was 10 crazy. I bout lost my mind, Quita lost her phone, and this fool Earn lost his jacket smh. Who cares tho (laugh-crying emoji).

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Cassandra Freeman
Monique Allen

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Austin Crute
Justin Bieber

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Harold House Moore
Swiff

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De'Anthony Turner
Joe

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Montrel Miller
CJ

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Clark Harris
Attendant

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Fernando Martinez
Large Man

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Gregory Keith Grainger
Some Dude

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Milton Crosby
Fan

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Terri Abney
Krista

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Paul B. Johnson
Officer Jones

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Jaleel White
Himself

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Cranston Johnson
Deshawn

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Mary Kraft
Dr. Deborah Holt

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Renell Gibbs
Dude

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Jejuan Smith
Cow Man

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Tyshon Freeman
Mike

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Njema Williams
Buck

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Walnette Santiago
Dior

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Geoffrey Williams
Producer

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Dianne McGunigle
Executive Producer
Donald Glover
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Paul Simms
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News & Interviews for Atlanta: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Atlanta: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Atlanta: Season 1

  • May 04, 2022
    Fantastic show, great characters and some bizarre story lines
  • Apr 05, 2022
    Greatest show of all time period!
  • Dec 29, 2021
    "Atlanta" proves itself to be the best show on television, intricately balancing real-life and comedy without missing a beat. The show's refreshing writing is deeply layered with cinematography unparalleled with other network TV shows. In the end, "Atlanta" sets the bar for any show that deems itself worth watching.
  • Dec 23, 2021
    Atlanta is a stylish, smart, and hilarious vehicle to show that Donald Glover is one of the best of his generation. He doesn't do it alone of course, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz add their plentiful talent to the concoction as well. What results is a show about rap, race, and millennial struggle with atmosphere that has to be experienced to really be understood. Atlanta likes to subtly (and occasionally very obviously) inject weirdness into an episode. Whether it's a man on a bus with cryptic advice and a Nutella sandwich or it's a rapper with his invisible car Atlanta always has the viewer asking "wait... what?" at least once an episode. It keeps you on your toes and begs you to evaluate the oddities for motifs and meaning. Donald Glover plays Earn, a recent ivy league graduate with the prospects of a high school dropout. Aimless and penniless Earn hears about his cousin's newfound success as an underground rapper and decides that he could try and manage his career, something with which Earn has zero experience. His cousin Alfred, played by Brian Tyree Henry, is an up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name "Paper Boi." Paper Boi is an unruly and quick to anger gangster rapper who's out to make money and build his personal brand. Alfred is often spotted with his right hand man, Darius, played by the outstanding LaKeith Stanfield. Constantly dazed and always surprising Darius is often spouting off about the inevitabilities of life with a surprising amount of insight for someone who is almost constantly tripping. Last, but certainly not least, is Zazie Beetz who plays Vanessa, mother to Earn's daughter Lottie. Vanessa is constantly worried about perceptions, especially when it comes to her relationship with Earn, although as the season goes on we see this obsession with expectations melt away. Vanessa is trying to do what polite society deems "expected," but with each attempt she comes away understanding a bit more about why that whole game is nonsense to begin with. Atlanta as a whole is heavy, witty and fresh. You won't find anything else like it on television and that's a guarantee.
  • Oct 14, 2021
    Atlanta addresses a wide range of issues in nuanced, often comedic experiences amongst its main cast as they navigate the difficult terrain of becoming a successful rapper in the world of social media. It is commentary without the need of saying anything and that's incredibly effective. The first season is dry-humor gold, and I almost preferred it to the second where the series settles down into more of a drama. With that said though, experimental episodes in season two were great with fun bizarre escapades like "Barbershop" and "Teddy Perkins" the latter having the same eery tone of Peele's 2017 "Get Out" film. If you like dry comedy as much as I do and are a big fan of awkwardly hilarious situations with authentic characters, Atlanta is definitely for you. Can't wait for Season 3!
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  • Aug 07, 2021
    The funniest, and most creative show I have seen in a long time. Nothing like it, the characters are incredible, especially Darius.
  • Apr 05, 2021
    A very smart show. It's good at depicting and engaging in an African American setting. Each episode is different and manages to convey a lot of difficult problems without being overt or preachy about it. The conflict even lends itself to some very strong humor. The cast is also great which is fortunate considering that the show doesn't have much in terms of overarching plot but instead focuses on giving a very realistic experience
  • Mar 28, 2021
    Atlanta's season one is a masterpiece!
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Best show on TV! Naturally funny without trying too hard. True to the city. It's a realistic glimpse of Atlanta. It'll feel as if you went to visit for the weekend and never want to leave. Random, cozy, there's a beautiful sense of familiarity and welcomness. You'll love it!
  • Dec 26, 2020
    Smart and stylistic. I truly enjoyed each episode.

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