Credits to FX and Atlanta
Donald Glover, thank you for showing my home, Atlanta, to the world.
Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, is the creator of the comedy “Atlanta,” which follows two cousins who are trying to make a name for themselves in the rap music industry. Glover also plays the main character in the show, Earn, a Princeton dropout who is struggling financially. Earn works at the airport as a representative for credit card signups and lives with the mother of his daughter, although they are not technically together.
Earn realizes that his cousin Alfred, also known as Paper Boi, is starting to gain fame through his rap music. Earn sees this as a financially rewarding opportunity and offers to be his manager. The rest of the show follows short stories about their lives, including how Paper Boi deals with internet critics.
What makes this show unlike others is its relatability. Other Atlanta-based shows like “Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta” and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” portray the city as the place where one acquires fortune and fame. However, “Atlanta” portrays the day-to-day life of an ATLien.
“Atlanta” includes MARTA public transportation, the Hartsfield-Jackson airport, and saucy lemon pepper wings, which are distinctive features of the Atlanta culture.
Aside from its relatability, the show highlights social issues that are often ignored by mainstream television shows. In the series premiere alone, the show covers the issues of police brutality, mental health, gun violence, homophobia, poverty and race relations.
The show is also completely different from the hit TV show “Empire,” which also is music-centered. “Atlanta” has drama but implements humor, something that “Empire” does not include a lot.
The only thing I don’t like about “Atlanta” is its length — each episode is 30 minutes long, including commercials. As soon as I am hooked on the show, I realize that the episode is almost over.
The show was announced about a year ago and much anticipation built before its premiere. I was not disappointed, and neither was the FX network.