Critic 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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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… More
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... a sometimes-quiet, contemplative series, never manufacturing spectacle or over-the-top drama in order to propel its narrative.
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.
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.
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.
It's a pleasure to see [Donald] Glover's brash, off-kilter genius is on full display.
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