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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link

Can I measure your tree?

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

Third episode is out there and just as good

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

i really need to give Americans another go

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

the bullet in the cereal box gag really cracked me up

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

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

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

Name drop too

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

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

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

Four from four

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

Stoner philosopher dude is the fucking best.

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

Everything's made up stay woke

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

I think Louis is done, no?

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

i guess

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

I <3 this show.

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

this show is great

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

Was that the latest one with the ads?

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

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

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

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

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

just started watching and
what. the. fuck. did these white women do to that chicken

mh, Sunday, 27 March 2022 15:14 (one month ago) link

Enjoyed the first episode, have learned about the real-life connection, but how was it connected to the show's main characters? This is just a dream Earn had? Confused.

clemenza, Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:33 (one month ago) link

Not confused--baffled. Did I miss the connection?

clemenza, Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:33 (one month ago) link

it’s a dream of Earn’s — or is it?

mh, Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:35 (one month ago) link

I don't want to deprive anyone of this: I will say that the cut to Earn made me gasp--a jump-scare that wasn't really even a jump-scare. Something they did with the sound.

clemenza, Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:57 (one month ago) link

it was a dream within a dream, nolan style

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:58 (one month ago) link

this show has completely primed us for an episode that doesn’t feature any of the main characters at all. that public access tv episode was basically that, with a brief appearance from paper boi

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Sunday, 27 March 2022 16:59 (one month ago) link

I had a dream last night that involved African-Americans. I was sitting in the audience at the Academy Awards and--never mind, it's so far-fetched it's not even worth describing.

clemenza, Monday, 28 March 2022 19:30 (one month ago) link

still cracking up at "is Hugs your father?"

Heez, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 14:27 (one month ago) link

And the dog is named Corn Pop.

nickn, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 07:18 (one month ago) link

Also wtf with that suicide machine? I cannot imagine a worse possible way to go. Please tell me that isn’t a real thing. I’m not googling it.

DJI, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 18:33 (one month ago) link

lol

mh, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 19:46 (one month ago) link

that series of events combined with the chime ringing made me laugh harder than I had in a while

mh, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 19:47 (one month ago) link

I have to say, this show is amazing at setting up a series of very serious events immediately followed by something insanely absurd

mh, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 19:49 (one month ago) link

then the perfect drop of "hail mary" lol

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 19:51 (one month ago) link

With the noise from the beginning of the song played by the guy!!

mh, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 19:53 (one month ago) link

S3E1 is dark AF

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 31 March 2022 01:07 (one month ago) link

Lol @ S3 ep3 where they agree about everyone hating Moby

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Saturday, 2 April 2022 04:01 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

S3Ep5 was so good -- I feel like I need to watch it again. When will we ever get to see Paper Boi perform on this tour?! It's so weird to me how we keep getting closer but we still don't get to watch a performance. The venue & characters especially in this episode.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 April 2022 15:40 (one month ago) link

feels like it's deliberate, I as actually surprised we heard as much of his music in this episode as we did.

Amazing episode. Amazing season. Amazing show.

dan selzer, Saturday, 16 April 2022 15:50 (one month ago) link

it has to be deliberate -- everything about this show seems very on purpose imo
we did get a tiny bit of performance and a LOT of Darius dancing <3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBCPMQp2l7Q

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Saturday, 16 April 2022 16:05 (one month ago) link

The most we’ve heard of a paper boi song is still the horrible white woman cover from way back, right? It’s very intentional

mh, Saturday, 16 April 2022 17:01 (one month ago) link

i still need to catch up on this show - i remember their parody of a justin bieber song was v funny

aegis philbin (crüt), Saturday, 16 April 2022 17:22 (one month ago) link

The Darius dancing was such a gift, I wanted even 10-15 more seconds

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 16 April 2022 17:38 (one month ago) link

It like he’s heard all this music and seen these performances countless time but this is his good friend and he’s STILL hype when the moment comes

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 16 April 2022 17:39 (one month ago) link

I didn't think as highly of E5 as some of you, but I thought E4, "The Big Payback," was excellent, especially when "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (one of my favorite songs ever) played overtop Earnest/E holding court with Marshall. That would have been a great scene anyway, but having it play out to Roberta Flack covering a 1957 British folk song made it that much more complicated.

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 20:28 (one month ago) link

i think part of the reason why they don't show too much of paper boi's music is because it is so clearly donald glover rapping. the voice doesn't fit brian tyree henry at all haha

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 20:38 (one month ago) link

lolo yeah i had forgotten that & was very confused for a few minutes during this last episode

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 20:50 (one month ago) link

re: episode 4, i thought that the point it was trying to make was interesting, and i liked the epilogue a lot, but in general it was leaden and not super enjoyable to watch.

episode 5 was good, i thought that wiley was a compellingly weird character. paper boi could maybe overcome his writers' block by using wiley's little song as a hook!

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 21:00 (one month ago) link

the last scene of ep4 with the minnie ripperton song was really beautiful somehow

symsymsym, Wednesday, 20 April 2022 01:21 (one month ago) link

Ep6 was super on the nose (this whole season has been kinda on the nose) but I get why

As I was telling a friend -

I feel like we’re in a moment where creators are pointedly hitting the nail in the head because if they don’t many audiences will 100% not understand what’s happening - because they don’t have time to understand.. A lot of people exist on the surface of media because there’s too much media to absorb or they’re caught up in the chaos of life

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 22 April 2022 11:27 (one month ago) link

this season is getting to be a little too much. enough of the one-off white ppl episodes

Heez, Friday, 29 April 2022 15:20 (three weeks ago) link

It's been an amazing season so far.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 29 April 2022 18:21 (three weeks ago) link

i was wondering if this was a one off or if we would see, maybe one of Sylvia's daughters or the Tribeca guy or maybe the dad again? the dad was the least cartoonish of the two parents. the scene where they were talking to Sebastian about death made me want to puke, their voices, blecch. but what is the value to the show of feeling yucky about those parents? i get it and yet i don't.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Friday, 29 April 2022 19:09 (three weeks ago) link

i'd did lol when i found out the Tribeca guy is Chet Hanks

Heez, Friday, 29 April 2022 19:31 (three weeks ago) link

Tonight’s episode, you guys

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 6 May 2022 02:35 (two weeks ago) link

Died at “I’ll just let fate take care of it.”

DJI, Saturday, 7 May 2022 04:32 (two weeks ago) link

Lol that was funny

You kinda have to watch this with the volume cranked or you miss a lot of incidental adlibbed dialogue

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 7 May 2022 04:44 (two weeks ago) link

Or “adlibbed” dialogue

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 7 May 2022 04:45 (two weeks ago) link

When drugged-up Al was walking along and listening to Stereolab, that felt so much like Joe Buck's arrival at the fake-Warhol party in Midnight Cowboy--may even have been an allusion.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 May 2022 14:23 (two weeks ago) link

“You didn’t have to call the boy Clarence Thomas. He ain’t THAT white.”

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 13 May 2022 03:38 (one week ago) link

lol that last shot

mh, Saturday, 14 May 2022 16:46 (one week ago) link

lol'd at 'which soda is good for you?'

johnny crunch, Saturday, 14 May 2022 16:51 (one week ago) link

That last shot is amazing

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 14 May 2022 18:08 (one week ago) link

one of the best parts of ATLANTA is how it shows all of these ways to be, and people moving between them, and they’re all so idiosyncratic and somewhat distorted so at no point do you think “hmm, yeah, that character… they’re a role model”

except maybe Van, and I have no idea where she’s going to end up. she probably doesn’t, either

mh, Saturday, 14 May 2022 18:29 (one week ago) link

life imitates art imitates life etc.

A white mom on Fox News is complaining that her mixed son now sees himself as “a Black man.” She’s suing the school, says CRT taught her son to not do his chores.

— Sophia Tesfaye (@SophiaTesfaye) May 16, 2022

mh, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 15:23 (four days ago) link

i think i liked last week's ep more than any of the other anthology episodes

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 May 2022 17:31 (three days ago) link

Is this gonna be a Van-centric episode? Feels like it.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 19 May 2022 21:44 (three days ago) link

https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/stephen-glover-atlanta-writer-interview?utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2UY69xgA-0WJL-9lDQiZhaPwPqCWV-Wo1NsF4Zjc_sdpD8eyDoNwZgTpU

regarding the weird show descriptions:

Stephen "Glover wrote the episode descriptions for Atlanta’s third season. The description for “Three Slaps” reads: “Wow it’s been a minute. I mean, I like this episode about the troubled kid but we waited 50 years for this?” “I told him to write them like somebody who hates Atlanta and he was like, ‘Bet,’” Donald Glover says."

dan selzer, Friday, 20 May 2022 18:33 (two days ago) link

I just caught up on the last two seasons. S2 was consistently excellent and hilarious. As for S3, most of the anthology episodes have been watchable, but I didn't like this week's Van ep at all and I usually like her character. it was a strange season overall, I didn't feel like they were always playing to their strengths

Vinnie, Saturday, 21 May 2022 09:59 (yesterday) link


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