Atlanta (2016– )
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Broke and low on options, Earn seeks to enter the music industry, even by offering to be a manager for his rapper cousin, Paper Boi.


Hiro Murai


Donald Glover, Donald Glover (created by)

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Episode cast overview:
Donald Glover ... Earnest 'Earn' Marks
Brian Tyree Henry ... Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles
LaKeith Stanfield ... Darius (as Lakeith Stanfield)
Zazie Beetz ... Van
Myra Lucretia Taylor Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Mrs. Marks
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Raleigh Marks
Harold House Moore ... Swiff
Hope Jones ... Chick
Renell Gibbs ... Dude
Avis-Marie Barnes ... Loretta
Stephen Caudill ... Dude at Airport
Richard Kohberger ... Student
Griffin Freeman ... Dave
Alan T. Coleman Alan T. Coleman ... Prince
Emmett Hunter ... Stranger (as Emmett Hunter III)


Broke and low on options, Earn seeks to enter the music industry, even by offering to be a manager for his rapper cousin, Paper Boi.

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Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

6 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Donald Glover had two conditions with FX for his writing room: that the entire group of writers be African-American and he didn't want an on-set office in favor of having the writers meet at his house and work on material there. FX immediately told Glover they were fine with both ideas. See more »


Earnest 'Earn' Marks: I want to manage you.
Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles: Manage? You know where the word "manage" come from?
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: Manus. Latin for "hand."
Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles: Probably, but I'm gonna say no for the purpose of my argument. "Manage" came from the word "man." And, um, that ain't really your lane.
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: My lane?
Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles: Yeah, man. I need Malcolm. You too Martin. You know what they did to him? They killed him.
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: Didn't they kill Malcolm, too?
Darius: No, no, they say that. But ain't nobody seen the body since the funeral.
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: That's how funerals work.
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Truly "Twin Peaks" with Rappers!
24 April 2018 | by lassegalsgaardSee all my reviews

So, if I was to name some of the most talented people in present day, Donald Glover would definitely be on that list. His work as Childish Gambino is awesome, and he continues to impress with his comedic performances both in film and on television. I always liked the idea of him doing some kind of television series, but as a writer as well as an actor. He is a great writer when it comes to rap, so why shouldn't he be great when it comes to episodic television. "Atlanta" is a show that he has described as "'Twin Peaks' with rappers," and I never understood that description. It definitely sounded like something I wanted to see, but it also sounded like something that couldn't possibly be created. I will say, that while this show isn't anything near "Twin Peaks," the description is a perfect fit for what "Atlanta" actually is. This is a great premiere episode, and it is some of the funniest television that I have seen in a long time, with fresh humor and a cool twist on stereotypes and social commentary.

This episode was written by Donald Glover, and he is a comedic genius. Not only is he brilliant at delivering comedic lines, but he is great at writing them. There was not one line in this entire episode that felt out-of-place. It was very subtle, and so very natural. There was no forced jokes, nor were there any jokes that fell flat, because it was so chill and down-to-earth. Also the comedic talent that is involved with the show is great. The delivery was always on-point, and the performances were great. Glover once again proves why he is one of the best comedians on television, while Lakeith Stanfield stole the entire episode with his great lines and amazing delivery.

I loved the way Glover made the environment come to life through music and through a variety of great characters. This show is supposed to be set in the poor areas of Atlanta, and it becomes so visible that this is not a place that people would like to live. There is no money to get in this place, and Earn (Glover's character) constantly tries to find a place where he can make some money, because he simply ain't making them at his workplace.

That also goes into the great character development. The show is definitely focusing on Earn and his family, and they did great work with setting him up. He is a very likable character, but he never comes across as very popular in the area. That served his character great, because I got very invested in him and started to feel for him because of it. I constantly wanted to get in there and help him out. That is very much the same with the other characters, because Paper Boi and Darius are one of the greatest duos in a long time. I can't wait to see where their story is going on this show.

Is this actually "Twin Peaks" with rappers? Yeah, is kinda is. There is one specific scene where Earn is sitting on the bus and is approached by a weird dude who disappears very abruptly during a conversation. That is the essence of "Twin Peaks." The mysteries and the cooky characters, which I think the Atlanta setting calls for in a weird way. They have a very funny way of answering those calls, and I can't wait to see what they come up with for the rest of the season, which I can't wait to watch.

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