Atlanta: Season 1 (2016)

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Season 1
Atlanta

Critics Consensus

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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Critic Ratings: 73

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 1808
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
2
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
3
Air date: Sep 13, 2016
4
Air date: Sep 20, 2016
5
Air date: Sep 27, 2016
6
Air date: Oct 4, 2016
7
Air date: Oct 11, 2016
8
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
9
Air date: Oct 25, 2016
10
Air date: Nov 2, 2016

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Atlanta Season 1

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (34)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

The TV breakout Glover fans have been waiting for, also unlike anything else on TV.

Sep 1, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

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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Top Critic

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…

For anyone who wishes for a down home show about contemporary black life, Atlanta is something reliably special.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Atlanta: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    Original and Brilliant
  • Aug 07, 2018
    I tried. The first 3 minutes are excrusiating. With the N word. one guy get shot for a fucking mirror. And that Rap song..... *barffffffffffffff* Make me want to open my veins right from the get go. Not interested... And NOT interesting.
  • Aug 06, 2018
    WELL WRITTEN AND HAS A MESSAGE WITHOUT BEING PREACHY.,
  • Aug 01, 2018
    smart, funny, and with political presence, atlanta shows how a tv series can be perfect(technically and thematically) and the most important... simple.

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