Atlanta Review

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Marvin Rea

Donald Glover can be hailed as one of the greatest comedic minds of our generation. From starting his career as a writer for 30 Rock and then landing a gig on Community, two of the most acclaimed comedies of the last decade, Donald Glover has embodied the quote “It's funny cause it's true”. Donald’s new series Atlanta is nothing like anything else on tv. It’s a poignant and hilarious look into the lives of black millennials trying to find their place in the world.

 

The offbeat, insightful comedy follows the life of Earnest “Earn” Marks, an Ivy league dropout, and his up and coming rapper cousin, Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles. The story centers around Earn returning from school to the hood of Atlanta and attempting to make a life for his baby-mama and daughter by working as Paper Boi’s manager. The overarching story of trying to acquire fame and wealth often times seem to take a back seat to the seemingly mundane plots of individuals episodes like going to a dinner party, drinking at a club, or just looking for a lost jacket.

 

The world Donald Glover has created seems simultaneously surreal and completely accurate to black millennial life. There are moments watching the show where you will wonder how you survived watching tv this long without something this representative of you. This show presents thing that you'll only understand if you've actually experienced them. For instance: forgetting you had a drug test for your job after a night of smoking or trying to piece together what happened last night via Snapchat stories. This show is real. This show is the culture.


RATING: 9.5/10