Writer turned actor, turned rapper, turned comedian Donald Glover debuted his smash hit FX show “Atlanta” this month. From the pilot episode, this show has received rave reviews and received a renewal for a second season.
But what makes this show so special? In a recent interview with FMX, Glover describes “Atlanta” as “the kind of show I always wanted to see on television.” He also described the thesis of this show as “to show people what it’s like to be black.” Now this is something very different, and viewers can easily see this focus from the start of the series.
Starting off in episode one, Earn (Earnest), Glover’s character, is seen living with his “baby mama” Van while taking care of their daughter Lottie. Earn is also attempting to manage the music career of his cousin, rapper PaperBoi, while working a dead-end job that only pays $5.15 an hour. It’s safe to say Earn feels the struggle.
Moving through the season, Earn spends some time in the Atlanta Jail because of a misunderstanding involving Paperboi and a convenient store shooting. While he’s in jail, he encounters diverse and interesting situations.
After all of this commotion has settled down, Earn refocuses on shooting Paperboi into stardom. This comes with a price, both literally and figuratively.
Although Glover has said he isn’t trying to make any social commentaries throughout this show, many of the moments in between the funny scenes are social commentaries. What those commentaries say is for your interpretation and dissection.
This show isn’t just for black people, either, though most of the jokes and culture in this show are taken from the perspective of a black man who grew up in Atlanta. This show is for our generation and should be seen as an easier way to look at the world from different points of view. It’s not a tool to exclude others from understanding black culture. “Atlanta” is the show for anyone who can relate to it, which is why it is such a huge success.
Diving between hilarious scenes of relatable humor and serious social commentary, the first five episodes have been mesmerizing to say the least, and it would be impossible to name all of the brilliant moments in “Atlanta” without just typing out the script.
You can tune in Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX to form your own opinion and get a good laugh.