Atlanta: Season 1 Reviews

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November 7, 2016
It's hard to overstate how good Atlanta is. (Indeed, it's also hard to merely state how good it is - it's such a subtle and complete show that saying more feels inept and superfluous, like tacking on post-its to a framed painting.)
November 2, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 2, 2016
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.
October 3, 2016
Atlanta... is the best show you're not watching on TV
September 21, 2016
Glover seems like a known quantity. Atlanta suggests the depths of his talent are only beginning to be tapped.
September 13, 2016
To show all that he can do, to show something of what life's actually like, Donald Glover first has to break your heart.
October 10, 2018
Atlanta is a beautiful and essential show in 2016, one that blends genuine humor with the stark realities its characters face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2018
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.
June 27, 2018
Atlanta, is everything you would expect from Donald Glover if you've been paying attention as an actor, a comedian and a rapper.
June 12, 2018
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.
June 12, 2018
For anyone who wishes for a down home show about contemporary black life, Atlanta is something reliably special.
May 21, 2018
It's eerie and cool, and easily the best comedy (ish) this year.
May 15, 2018
Glover is not overly interested in explaining himself, which is probably as it should be... Nothing is lost in translation, because nothing is translated.
March 9, 2018
... a sometimes-quiet, contemplative series, never manufacturing spectacle or over-the-top drama in order to propel its narrative.
March 9, 2018
Atlanta cycles through so many genres per episodes that it ends up transcending them all until it resembles something life-like. Or at the very least a lovingly crafted picture book. That's a genre too.
March 7, 2018
In a season of sometimes uproariously surreal comedy leavened by an equally steady stream of reality checks, the 10 episodes encourage the kind of rumination only possible when characters come with well-formulated inner lives.
November 8, 2017
Atlanta feels like a protest more than a cable sitcom. To depict such realistic black lives on television is like taking a knee during the national anthem.
August 28, 2017
It's a pleasure to see [Donald] Glover's brash, off-kilter genius is on full display.
August 14, 2017
Atlanta is a new frontier in music-genre TV drama.
November 7, 2016
It's an essential portrait of ordinary black life, a grounded account of underground hip-hop fame, a no-nonsense love letter to Glover's hometown, a thorny relationship drama, and a fantastically funny comedy.
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