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Atlanta is an American comedy-drama television series created by and starring Donald Glover. Set in the titular city, the series follows two cousins, Earnest "Earn" Marks (Glover), and Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), as they navigate through daily life in the southern metropolis, amidst racism, poverty, and the nuances of black rap culture. The show is shot in a single-camera format and filmed on location in Atlanta. Glover, who grew up in Atlanta, stated that the city influenced the tone of the show and that, overall, his goal for the series was to make "Twin Peaks with rappers."

FX picked up the series in October of 2015 and the first two episodes aired on September 6, 2016 then renewed for a second season after both episodes premiered but it didn't premiere until March 1, 2018 due to Glover's involvement in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Characters Edit

Main cast/characters Edit


Some of the main cast, including (left to right) Darius, Earn, and Paper Boi.

  • Earnest "Earn" Marks (Donald Glover) is a Princeton dropout turned manager for his cousin, Alfred aka Paper Boi. Earn has a daughter with Van, but the two have a rocky relationship and Earn struggles to provide for them. When he realizes that his cousin is on the verge of stardom, his long-buried ambitions are rekindled and he "sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself"[1] and safeguard his family's financial future.
  • Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) is a hot, up-and-coming Atlanta rapper and Earn's cousin. Alfred has mixed feelings about his newfound fame and, on the side, sells drug. As his celebrity grows, Alfred has trouble understanding "the line between real life and street life".[2]
  • Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) is Alfred's drug dealing partner and best friend. He is mellow and often gets high and makes random, off-hand comments. However, at the same time, he can be insightful and is considered "a visionary".[3]
  • Van (Zazie Beetz) is Earn's on-and-off girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. She too has had her dreams deferred and is frustrated by Earn's inability to provide.

Episodes Edit

# Image Title Airdate Viewers
1 101 The Big Bang "The Big Bang" September 6, 2016 1.08
Paper Boi? Who the hell is that? I swear everybody want to be a rapper now-a-days smh. Song is bumpin tho.
2 102 Streets on Lock "Streets on Lock" September 6, 2016 0.95
See every rapper think he a thug, well you do the crime, you do the time. Dont drop the soap haha. Free my uncle Jay!
3 103 Go for Broke "Go for Broke" September 13, 2016 1.07
This man Earn broke as hell. How you gone go out on a date with no money? Umm mhmm these Atlanta dudes trifling. But Ok, Paper Boi might really be about that life tho.
4 104 The Streisand Effect "The Streisand Effect" September 20, 2016 0.92
Paper Boi is tripping about this blog stuff but it's just Twitter bruh. It's just entertainment. Somebody needs to get Earn some money. Skreetmoney Worldwide man.
5 105 Nobody Beats the Biebs "Nobody Beats the Biebs" September 27, 2016 0.86
Ayyye, okay! We got celebs in the building balling for the kids. I love me some Justin Bieber. Man, Paper Boi stay hating tho haha.
6 106 Value "Value" October 4, 2016 0.83
I love my bestie for real but I can't stand her neither. Van just jealous cause her girl out here jet settin and poppin. Ok girl get yours.
7 107 B.A.N. "B.A.N." October 11, 2016 0.77
Montague; Special guest Paper Boi and Dr. Deborah Holt.
8 108 The Club "The Club" October 18, 2016 0.95
Baller Alert! NFL players, not to mention Jeff Miles and the bottle boys at Primal tonight. Paper Boi gonna be in this thang too. Liiiiiiiittttttttt. I got pre sale bands.
9 109 Juneteenth "Juneteenth" October 25, 2016 0.65
Why my Auntie trying to make me go to one of these bougie Junteenth parties again? I don't like them sadity people and I'm gonna miss my shows. Le sigh.
10 110 The Jacket "The Jacket" November 1, 2016 0.79
Yo last night was 10 crazy. I bout lost my mind, Quita lost her phone, and this fool Earn lost his jacket smh. Who cares tho (laugh-crying emoji).
11 201 Alligator Man "Alligator Man" March 1, 2018 0.85
Ayyy! We back in the city but thangs feel a little different. Must be Robbin’ Season. Free Paper Boi!
12 202 Sportin' Waves "Sportin' Waves" March 8, 2018 0.71
Trappin ain't easy, ya dig? Shout out to all my credit card scammers in the club tonight.
13 203 Money Bag Shawty "Money Bag Shawty" March 15, 2018 0.56
Earn is out here making that money. Too bad he still look broke as hell. This whole city runs on stunting, you feel me?
14 204 Helen "Helen" March 22, 2018 0.50
When you go outside the city white people be acting different. That's why I can't even go to Marietta. Too weird.
15 205 Barbershop "Barbershop" March 29, 2018 0.61
You know how you need a fresh cut but your barber is always on some wack stuff? He's lucky I only trust him.
16 206 Teddy Perkins "Teddy Perkins" April 5, 2018 0.78
Darius is trippin in this one. Y'all know I woulda been left.
17 207 Champagne Papi "Champagne Papi" April 12, 2018 TBD
Yeah girl, we gonna party tonight! But if you don't post about it, did it really happen?
18 208 Woods "Woods" April 19, 2018 TBD
Why Paper Boi always got an attitude? He rich, right? That's why I can't feel bad for these celebrities.
19 209 North of the Border "North of the Border" April 26, 2018 TBD
We might have to make that move tonight. I heard there's a pajama party and Paper Boi is gonna be there.
20 209 FUBU "FUBU" May 3, 2018 TBD
Y’all youngins don't know nothing about this. This one takes me back to middle school. Shout out Miller Grove!
21 211 Crabs in a Barrel "Crabs in a Barrel" May 10, 2018 TBD
Sometimes you gotta go where the money goes. But it be feeling like something is holding me back. Like I can't leave.

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Music Edit

Main article: Songs featured in Atlanta

Marketing Edit

Response Edit

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Awards and nominations Edit

References Edit

  1. Andreeva, Nellie. (December 12, 2014) "Donald Glover Comedy Pilot ‘Atlanta’ Ordered By FX". Deadline. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  2.  "Brian Tyree Henry/Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles". FX. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  3.  "Lakeith Stanfield/Darius". FX. Retrieved March 13, 2017.

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