Atlanta is a American comedy drama television series created, directed, written, and executive produced by Donald Glover. The series was announced after Glover's departure from the NBC comedy series, Community. The series was picked up in 2015 for a 10-episode season and then officially premiered on September 6, 2016 on FX. The show received critical acclaim and numerous accolades in it's first season and was named the "Best Show of 2016". The show's second season "Robbin' Season" premiered on March 1, 2018.
The show follows Earnest "Earn" Marks, a broke and homeless Princeton University dropout who works at a dead-end job trying to sell credit cards at an airport and is constantly living with either his parents or his best friend/mother of his child, Van. Earn then finds a way to redeem himself by managing his cousin Alfred, who is a drug dealer on the verge of stardom in the Atlanta rap scene as a rapper under the stage name "Paper Boi".
- Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks/Teddy Perkins
- Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles
- Keith Stanfield as Darius
- Zazie Beetz as Vanessa "Van" Keefer
- Donald Glover claims the show to be "Twin Peaks' for Rappers".
- The first season of Atlanta had appear on many lists for "Best TV Shows of 2016".
- The entire writing staff of the show is African-American and also includes Donald Glover's real-life younger brother, Stephen Glover.
- The second season didn't premiere until 2018 due to Glover's commitment to Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The series also earned Glover a deal with FX to create new content for other networks and streaming services.
- Not every main character appears in every episode.
- In episode 5 of Season 1, Donald Glover was the singing voice for Justin Bieber.
- The song "Paper Boi" was performed by Donald Glover's real-life brother, Stephen Glover.
- The show was renewed for a second season a short time after it's two episode series premiere.
- The seventh episode "B.A.N." which was directed by creator Donald Glover won Glover the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series", also making him the first African-American director to win the award.