Atlanta is a American comedy drama television series created, directed, written, and produced by Donald Glover. The series was announced after Glover's departure from the NBC comedy series, Community was announced. The series was picked up in 2015 for a 10-episode season and then officially premiered on September 6, 2016 on FX. The series was renewed for a second season but did not premiere until March 1, 2018 due to Glover's commitment to other projects. The show also won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy along with Glover winning Best Actor. The series also helped Glover get a deal with FX to create new content for other networks and streaming services.
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 tries 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
- Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles
- Keith Stanfield as Darius
- Zazie Beetz as Vanessa "Van" Keefer
- Donald Glover claimed 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.
- Not every main character appears in every episode.
- The song "Paper Boi" was actually performed by Donald Glover's real-life brother, Stephen Glover.
- In episode 5, Donald Glover was the singing voice for Justin Bieber.
- 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.