Donald Glover's FX dramedy ATLANTA

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There's a looseness and ease to this show right from the jump that's not like anything else I've watched in a while, but then it gets real AF on a dime.

The scene on the bus with the man and the Nutella sandwich was super weird—I thought it may have even been a dream sequence—but then I remembered some of the real stories I've heard about Marta buses.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 03:23 (four years ago) link

Really liked the first couple episodes. I'm hoping it can go at least six or eight eps before he actually raps.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 September 2016 04:07 (four years ago) link

Same. He seems to keep Donald Glover and Childish Gambino separate, though, so maybe he never will!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 04:49 (four years ago) link

I have to say, if some dude in a Batman mask showed up at my door asking if it was true that I lived there, I'd move asap.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 04:50 (four years ago) link

'I like Flo Rida. Moms need rap to.'

I loved the first two episodes, especially the second one.

Frederik B, Thursday, 8 September 2016 09:07 (four years ago) link

Can I measure your tree?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 11:47 (four years ago) link

FX is showing the first episode on YouTube for those (like me) who don't have cable and didn't want to pay for it via Amazon Video or something:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qaqwio0bbG4

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 8 September 2016 13:53 (four years ago) link

Glad this thread is here to remind me this is happening. Dude's been off my radar long enough that I'd almost forgotten how much I liked him on Community and hoped he'd skyrocket to whatever kind of success best suited him.

Our Meals Are Hot And Fresh! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 8 September 2016 14:18 (four years ago) link

Third episode is out there and just as good

groovypanda, Sunday, 11 September 2016 21:50 (four years ago) link

You know where the word ‘manage’ come from?
‘Manus’ latin for ‘hand’?
… Probably, but I’m gonna say no for the purpose of my argument… Manage come from the word ‘Man’, and that isn’t really your lane
My lane?
Yeah, I need Malcolm. You’re too Martin, and you know what they did to him? They killed him.
Didn’t they kill Malcolm too?
Nah, they say that, but nobody’s seen the body since the funeral!
… That’s how funerals work…

Frederik B, Sunday, 11 September 2016 23:09 (four years ago) link

This is really well filmed as well. Earn with a gun in his face, Darius waiting with a knife and a mask over his face, the shots from the prison with people staring out of windows. There's a visual comedy to it, though it's incredibly dark.

Frederik B, Sunday, 11 September 2016 23:11 (four years ago) link

I was late catching Episode 3, but is it out of the realm of possibility that show could maintain this level of quality for its whole run? Because this is absolutely the best new thing I've been into on tv (cable or broadcast) since The Americans and Orphan Black started, not that it's in any way like either of those. It's just that I want to COMMIT to loving this.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 17 September 2016 04:54 (four years ago) link

i really need to give Americans another go

serge thoroughgoods (will), Saturday, 17 September 2016 16:59 (four years ago) link

This is pointed the right direction and very well executed. Cautiously more excited here than with the equally hyped but somewhat more underwhelming first two eps of Better Things.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Saturday, 17 September 2016 17:06 (four years ago) link

the bullet in the cereal box gag really cracked me up

Darin, Saturday, 17 September 2016 18:43 (four years ago) link

Some brilliant laugh out loud moments in Episode 3 (the valet guy, for example)

groovypanda, Sunday, 18 September 2016 20:00 (four years ago) link

I...had no idea that was Dave Chappelle. What the hell is wrong with me? I'm actually jonesing for a new episode right now. Solid show so far, although my initial reaction was "this won't last past the first season". It has apparently been surprisingly well-received though.

viborg, Sunday, 18 September 2016 23:39 (four years ago) link

Is it gauche to name top drop that I know the director and he's a great guy?

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:26 (four years ago) link

Name drop too

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:27 (four years ago) link

That wasn't Chappelle.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4790467/?ref_=tt_cl_t7

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:32 (four years ago) link

In my defense, it was all Wikipedia's fault.

viborg, Monday, 19 September 2016 03:32 (four years ago) link

This. Show. Is. BRILLIANT.

I cry, and watch my DivX's of Brass Eye to console myself.... (stevie), Monday, 19 September 2016 10:25 (four years ago) link

Yup. I want to watch the car ride with Shabazz Palaces over and over.

Frederik B, Monday, 19 September 2016 12:40 (four years ago) link

Four from four

groovypanda, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 20:16 (four years ago) link

Stoner philosopher dude is the fucking best.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 23 September 2016 03:09 (four years ago) link

Well this is the best thing on the box right now by miles. The tonal shifts between comedy and drama are executed in a seamless way and it has a brilliant cast. I have never been much bothered about Childish Gambino, but he is fab in this.

calzino, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:08 (four years ago) link

darius is my favorite character on television not named "elliot alderson"

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Friday, 23 September 2016 19:12 (four years ago) link

glad someone made a thread for this show bc it rules

at the end of the most recent ep, darius saying, "we're friends now!" was the most delightful thing

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Friday, 23 September 2016 19:13 (four years ago) link

Everything's made up stay woke

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 23 September 2016 20:09 (four years ago) link

fourth episode best yet

with this and better things (and i guess Louis) FX is killing it rn

tongue and cheek (stevie), Saturday, 24 September 2016 17:12 (four years ago) link

I think Louis is done, no?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 24 September 2016 17:42 (four years ago) link

i guess

tongue and cheek (stevie), Saturday, 24 September 2016 19:31 (four years ago) link

So did the show actually portray Justin Bieber as a black character or were they just calling him that? Either way, well done. And odd.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 30 September 2016 03:26 (three years ago) link

I <3 this show.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 30 September 2016 04:17 (three years ago) link

this show is great

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:12 (three years ago) link

tonight's ep was incredible, didn't think pulling an Adult Swim midseason would be a good look but damn

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:35 (three years ago) link

hit to miss ratio here is ridiculously high (in a good way) but i kinda thought most of the "adult swim" episode was weak, Chocolate Coco Cereal bit exempted.

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:23 (three years ago) link

Was that the latest one with the ads?

Spottie, Sunday, 16 October 2016 23:09 (three years ago) link

Yeah I thought that one was kinda weak. Just realizing Glover grew up like 15 minutes away from me in the Atlanta burbs

Heez, Monday, 17 October 2016 01:37 (three years ago) link

Yeah, he's a Stone Mountain kid, right?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 17 October 2016 01:50 (three years ago) link

The level of anti-trans bigotry in that last episode was a bit much. I mean, the guy who wanted to switch races was basically just a proxy for trans people right? I guess they figured that outright transphobic "humor" would be unacceptable but as long as they aired their bigoted views in the context of switching races it was ok. The rest of the humor in that episode was pretty weak too (except the cereal commercial).

viborg, Monday, 17 October 2016 04:24 (three years ago) link

Yeah, he's a Stone Mountain kid, right?

yep, he wrote a plurality of the jokes about Kenneth coming from Stone Mountain on 30 Rock

Shakey δσς (sic), Monday, 17 October 2016 07:18 (three years ago) link

I thought the episode was a bit queasy as well, but it's worth noting that the link between transgender and transracial is made by 'Montague' not 'Atlanta'. The episode is first and foremost attacking respectability politics, it seemed to me, but it all becomes weird when the commercials seem so self aware, while the talkshow doesn't.

Frederik B, Monday, 17 October 2016 10:39 (three years ago) link

I haven't seen the episode yet but I highly doubt "trans racial" is mocking transgender. The term first had currency when Rachel dolezal claimed she was black and the kid they use (@r3trosp3ctro) who is "trans racial" had an online sketch at the time that went viral where he inverted the dolezal line as a joke

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 17 October 2016 15:50 (three years ago) link

I thought the part where the trams racial dude was acting white was the best part. Esp ratting out the black dude to the cops. "But I called the cops!"

Heez, Monday, 17 October 2016 17:21 (three years ago) link

worth noting that "adult swim" elements in that last episode went well beyond homage: the montague theme song incorporates the bumper music from Eric Andre and the reporter on the trans-racial bit was "Nathan Wielder"

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Monday, 17 October 2016 18:19 (three years ago) link

Paper Boi/Alfred is a great character.. his reactions are priceless.

Glover's Earn is the least interesting character, here.. his personality feels vague or lacking somehow

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 22 October 2016 21:22 (three years ago) link

The callback joke towards the end of this episode was amazing.

groovypanda, Monday, 24 October 2016 07:55 (three years ago) link

"2 gangbangers hold a pastor & a drug dealer hostage in a stripclub during Katrina"

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 October 2016 01:22 (three years ago) link

Found the egg eating scene forced af - weirdness for weirdness sake - but credit where credit is due - at least they're trying new things

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:23 (two years ago) link

i mean it was a weird episode transplanting michael jackson into a tim burton wonderland

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:33 (two years ago) link

omg the bibby episode

the outrageous formalism of it

like something unearthed from a contemporary account of commedia dell arte, Molière, i don't know what, somehow it felt like it was reaching across time

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:46 (two years ago) link

I got kind of a Candide vibe where Bibby was constantly explaining that everything was going fine

mh, Thursday, 19 April 2018 13:41 (two years ago) link

lol

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:31 (two years ago) link

that was a good episode but man was it stressful to watch! I guess we learn something about the kind of guy Alfred is beneath the posturing because I was shocked he didn't put Bibby up against the wall about a dozen different times before he actually did.

evol j, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:33 (two years ago) link

it's illuminating to see the near infinite level of patience people have to attempt in order to cope with the mundanities of everyday life, especially when you know them in a different context and they're _not_

like thinking one of your coworkers is kind of quick to judge things, and then finding out they have to run eight errands after work, have two sick kids, and their wife can't find a job but none of that seems to provoke a strong reaction

mh, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:51 (two years ago) link

this show is really great. find it hard to binge which is a relief, each episode is so self-contained it's easy to take yr time with it

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:56 (two years ago) link

The real genius of that episode was in taking the played out barber/client dynamic and mining its absurdity by taking it out of the actual shop.

Plays on that bubbling anxiety you feel off of shit you wouldn't tolerate in any other professional environment, cause until you get a good cut you're completely at his mercy.

your barber has multiple side-hustles and is never shy about trying to put you on
your barbers personal life often plays out in real time as he cuts your hair
your barber will waste the fuck out of your time
your barber is always on the fucking phone
All of this is better than the alternative of sitting in some strange chair with a more reliable guy who doesn't understand your hairline.

From the nose, the height, the head shape and hunched shoulders did nobody else immediately realise that Teddy Perkins was Donald Glover?

tsrobodo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:50 (two years ago) link

I was pretty sure, but was open to there being a twist in the plot

mh, Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:16 (two years ago) link

Barber episode is easy to relate to. It’s like any experience with a dealer

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:27 (two years ago) link

From the nose, the height, the head shape and hunched shoulders did nobody else immediately realise that Teddy Perkins was Donald Glover?

There were a couple of times when I thought "I wonder" but tbh I was so caught up in the episode itself I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it.

It was a lot more apparent on a second viewing with the knowledge it was Glover.

groovypanda, Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:09 (two years ago) link

I could tell by his voice that it was Donald Glover (he uses a similar voice in Community when he is getting freaked out by something), also... Earn wasn't in any scenes with him. not that they couldn't do that

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:19 (two years ago) link

the best part was the assumption that the whole wheelchair guy bit was a hokey ploy, until.. the twist!

mh, Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:54 (two years ago) link

and if the epic piano man episode wasn't enough, the woods...

big ol' black boi deer guts...

https://i1.wp.com/urbanbellemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Atlanta-Season-2-Episode-8-Recap-Woods.jpg

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:47 (two years ago) link

freaked me out.

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:48 (two years ago) link

the guy in the woods wasn’t his father but he kind of worries it is! and it doesn’t matter because all metaphorical journeys end

mh, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 02:32 (two years ago) link

anyone else notice how Teddy had a similar voice to John Merrick from Elephant Man?

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:42 (two years ago) link

man that ostrich egg in the piano man ep was brutal, I'm still reeling from it. But what an ep!

calzino, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:44 (two years ago) link

Man I found that totally forced

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:46 (two years ago) link

As trish Keenan once said “little bit of weirdness for weirdness sake”

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:47 (two years ago) link

It made me feel seriously queasy, not had a boiled egg since.

calzino, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:49 (two years ago) link

lol fair point

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:50 (two years ago) link

Gozu had a similar effect on me with milk, dairy products horror is some scary shit.

calzino, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:57 (two years ago) link

Where did Trish Keenan say that?

dan selzer, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:04 (two years ago) link

Wire invisible jukebox - believe she was talking about LOOP

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:12 (two years ago) link

The Teddy Perkins episode was more rewarding to watch than the entire third season of Twin Peaks

― erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:16 PM (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 02:21 (two years ago) link

maybe excepting ep 8 of s3 actually but the pt still stands

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 02:22 (two years ago) link

I know the episodes run long, but god damn was there a lot going on there

mh, Friday, 27 April 2018 02:44 (two years ago) link

felt so sympathetic toward Earn up until halfway through the last scene, then he got pretty much wedgied and I cracked up

mh, Friday, 27 April 2018 02:45 (two years ago) link

I tweeted this but the last 2 episodes really remind me of Afterhours

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 29 April 2018 01:50 (two years ago) link

i love how georgia centric this show is. he really nails the absurdity of the place.

Heez, Sunday, 29 April 2018 04:01 (two years ago) link

you can tell he loves it and hates it at the same time which is a shared feeling

Heez, Sunday, 29 April 2018 04:01 (two years ago) link

I’m not sure if some of the things I’m getting out of my viewing is in the story or if I’m projecting

it really seems to capture how grueling it is just to live, and how doing the things you’re supposed to do to play a role doesn’t mean anything will work out

Earn thinking he really needed to fight it out was so awkward

mh, Sunday, 29 April 2018 20:19 (two years ago) link

Yeah Earn is really on a bad trajectory :(

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 30 April 2018 00:09 (two years ago) link

how could @atlantafx cut such an iconic scene pic.twitter.com/it9tiSY24d

— 🌊 (@mattwhitlockPM) April 30, 2018

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Monday, 30 April 2018 22:30 (two years ago) link

oh man that is great

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 01:18 (two years ago) link

OMG I love this show

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 01:33 (two years ago) link

Easily best thing on tv

done and dusted (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 00:29 (two years ago) link

End of papi made me super sad

done and dusted (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 00:39 (two years ago) link

for us by us

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 7 May 2018 16:10 (two years ago) link

Easily best thing on tv

by miles

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Monday, 7 May 2018 16:40 (two years ago) link

when I was in high school I had a joke about starting a company called Fujbuj, pronounced fudge-budge, meaning For Us Jews, By Us Jews. I thought that was pretty funny.

a bit high-handed maybe, but another brilliant episode.

Donald Glover had a hell of weekend.

dan selzer, Monday, 7 May 2018 16:43 (two years ago) link

Chances of a third season?

Imagine a lot of the people involved are going to be pretty busy

groovypanda, Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:12 (two years ago) link

it really felt like a series wrap-up episode

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:41 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Looooollll the haircut episode - "He's a magician."

chap, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:26 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

this show was so so great

Arthur Funzonerelli (stevie), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:20 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

https://tvline.com/2019/08/06/atlanta-season-4-renewed-fx/
going into production on both seasons early next year

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 14 September 2020 15:51 (one week ago) link

That link is from a year ago, but I clicked through to this
https://tvline.com/2020/09/09/atlanta-season-3-premiere-date-delay-not-january-2021/

kinder, Monday, 14 September 2020 17:53 (one week ago) link

oh, i got to there from this link actually:
https://www.timeout.com/news/two-more-seasons-of-atlanta-are-on-the-way-091120

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:35 (one week ago) link


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