TV Show Review | Atlanta: Season 1
Donald Glover (also known as rapper Childish Gambino) is known by most members of my current generation as being pretty much just the best at everything he does. From fan favorite on Community, to winning Grammys for This is America and for starring as Lando Calrissian. The show revolves around Glover’s character Earn as he attempts to make ends meet by helping to his rapper cousin succeed. While many have classified the show as a comedy, it often transcends a conventional genre, quite frequently offering sharp critique on Hip-hop and American culture as well as the institutional racism that plagues them both.
While Atlanta does follow somewhat of a narrative, it does not feel a need to cleave unnecessarily to the story, which actually liberates the show to explore its themes in greater detail than it otherwise may have been able to. As the characters navigate their world, their experiences vary from realistic to bizarre, blending together the shows primary goals. Thus with Atlanta, Donald Glover further solidifies himself as one of the primary entertainers and social commentators of our generation. Overall, Atlanta is just as often poignant and thought provoking as it is hilarious.
Written by: Parker Gehring