Atlanta: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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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.



Critic Ratings: 74


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User Ratings: 1865

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

In the series premiere, two cousins try to work their way up through the Atlanta rap scene.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Aspiring rappers learn thug life isn't all its cracked up to be.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2016

Earn is broke and tries to date.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2016

Paper Boi goes nuts due to social media and Earn needs money.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2016

Celebrities visit, including Justin Bieber.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2016

Van becomes jealous.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2016

Montague makes an appearance.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Primal hosts NFL players.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2016

A Juneteenth party is held.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2016

In the season finale, Quita loses her phone and Earn loses his jacket.

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In this comedy series, two cousins try to better their lives and the lives of their family. Earn Marks (Donald Glover) is a broke college dropout who has no home and is staying with Vanessa (Zazie Beetz), his on-again, off-again girlfriend and mother of his child. After realizing that his cousin, Alfred Marks (Brian Tyree Henry), is a rapper on the verge of stardom, Earn becomes his manager. Together with Darrius (Lakeith Stanfield), Alfred's right-hand man and visionary, the three of them try to make it in the Atlanta rap scene.

Cast & Crew

Donald Glover
Earnest "Earn" Marks
Harold House Moore
Myra Lucretia Taylor
Earn's Mother
Angela Ray
Police Clerk
Bret E. Benson
Officer 1
Njema Williams
Tyshon Freeman
Paul B. Johnson
Officer Jones
Hope Jones
Tony Scott
Ira Carmichael
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Critic Reviews for Atlanta Season 1

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (35)

The show is masterful in eliciting a range of feelings - a combination of joy and horror, tension and relief - but none more so than surprise.

Nov 2, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Atlanta, FX's finely detailed and gloriously unpredictable comedy about striving within and near Atlanta's hip-hop scene, waited until the very final moments of its first season's final episode to feature the godheads of Atlanta hip-hop: Outkast.

Nov 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Donald Glover deserves this chance to make his mark as a throughly hands-on auteur who's reminiscent of another FX mainstay -- Louis C.K. They write and act out what their lives have taught them. And the differences are both striking and instructive.

Sep 2, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The TV breakout Glover fans have been waiting for, also unlike anything else on TV.

Sep 1, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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While many shows and films about music feature similar contradictions between the glitz and the grit, in the world of Atlanta they feel like natural extensions of the city itself.

Sep 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Atlanta is a welcome sign that the world of high-quality cable TV is finally tapping into the power that comes from letting people of color tell their own stories.

Sep 7, 2016 | Full Review…
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Atlanta's kick-back tone belies a throbbing political heart. You've got to watch this series.

Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

The creators, writers, and directors involved in Atlanta are all people of color, and damn, but it shows in the sheer complexity of their characters.

Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Atlanta is a beautiful and essential show in 2016, one that blends genuine humor with the stark realities its characters face.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Atlanta masterfully blends humor, irony and art to capture the desire for something better as well as the sense of defeat and complacency that racism and classism create.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Atlanta, is everything you would expect from Donald Glover if you've been paying attention as an actor, a comedian and a rapper.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Atlanta is a big city and contains multitudes. Overall, somehow this is on a must watch list for me so far. We'll see what happens.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Atlanta: Season 1

  • Mar 27, 2020
    Funny, unique and insightful. Atlanta is a passion project that really works. This is largely due to Donald Glover's personable specificity, both in his storytelling and acting. This touch allows us to feel "let in" on the secrets of the fascinating world of rap and street-hustle, with stand-out performances from its well-chosen cast as well as consistently sharp writing elevating the effortless entertainment. Iroh's grade: B
  • Mar 04, 2020
    This show was everything I was afraid it would be. Showing one tiny slice of life in Atlanta - the most stereotypical aspect, gangs, guns, rappers and people being victims generally - Black people of course. I grew up in Atlanta and it is so diverse and dynamic and interesting. I grew up at a time when the arts were popping, the club was fun (and kind of dangerous sometimes) yeah we smoked weed got in trouble and sometimes went to jail, but that was like 10% of the Atlanta experience. It wasn't just dusty poor Black people trying to make a buck. And the whole idea of all white people being ridiculous caricatures is generally just not true. Everyone was cool, the cops were cool, and if you did stupid shit stupid things happened to you. Atlanta is so much more interesting than this show portrays. Its called Black Hollywood for a reason.
  • Jan 22, 2020
    After indulging in multiple rewatches of Atlanta's debut season, I can tell it's quite an amazing & mesmerizing experience. It could be one of the best shows of that year. Atlanta is mixed with surreal acting, developed humor, and great vibes. As it is their first season, the show shows great promise on what Donald Glover and his team could do...and they topped it with the following season.
  • Nov 18, 2019
    Donald Glover is a world class talent. His writing, music and acting never cease to impress me. Atlanta is no different. There are some really hilarious moments throughout season 1. A must see.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    The premise of Atlanta is that of an afrocentric Seinfeld. The episodes are truly about nothing, but at the same time are about the illusion of celebrity and the reality of poverty that affects the Afro community nationwide.
  • Feb 11, 2019
    So odd, and wonderful.
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Surprisingly unique, and weird, Atlanta has quickly become my favorite show on television. What seems to be an average plot, gets carried out of control by the shows masterful script, humor, and all the actors great performances.
  • Nov 13, 2018
    Donald Glover brings one his many talents to one of the most unique displays in television you'll ever see. Atlanta breaks the format of what a series should be all the while representing the culture and being an honest depiction of the many people trying to make it big in the ATL
  • Oct 23, 2018
    Likeable characters but a very mixed bag, each episode having its own style ranging from super slick to tediously boring.
  • Oct 07, 2018
    Atlanta is one of the most original and refreshing shows I have ever watched.

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