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Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Atlanta

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Written by Nick Spake If you haven’t seen this FX series yet, chances are you have a friend who keeps telling you to check it out. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Atlanta. For this list, we’re taking a look at what made “Atlanta” a breakout hit during its first season, leaving us all eager for more. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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If you haven’t seen this FX series yet, chances are you have a friend who keeps telling you to check it out. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Atlanta.

For this list, we’re taking a look at what made “Atlanta” a breakout hit during its first season, leaving us all eager for more.

#5: Its Experimental Humor

Even the most well-written sitcoms usually follow a formula that becomes familiar over time. “Atlanta” on the other hand, isn’t afraid to try something a little different each week, keeping the audience on their toes. Perhaps the most ambitious episode thus far is the Emmy-winning “B.A.N.,” an out-of-genre experience that satirizes talk shows, contrasting views on the transgender community, and the portrayal of African Americans. The series is full of surreal humor while also being smart, timely, and provocative. For example, how many shows would cast a black man in the role of Justin Bieber? While the writers don’t necessarily try to make you laugh every single minute, they always make you think.

#4: It’s Critically Acclaimed and Won Several Awards

“Atlanta” proved to be a critical success with Season One earning a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The American Film Institute named “Atlanta” one of the Top 10 Television Programs of 2016 and it appeared on countless other year-end lists as well. At the 74th Golden Globes, Donald Glover picked up a Best Actor award while the show itself also won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The show continued to ride the awards train to the Primetime Emmys where it was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. While “Atlanta” didn’t win that prize, Glover took home two statuettes for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Ain’t that a peach?

#3: It Has an Awesome Soundtrack

Since the premise revolves around a rapper and his cousin, it shouldn’t comes as a surprise that “Atlanta” features some exceptional musical. Episodes typically open and close with a different song, showcasing rappers like OJ Da Juiceman, Yo Gotti, and Kodak Black, as well as soul singers like Michael Kiwanuka and Billy Paul. Donald Glover also incorporates some of his original music, which is only fitting given his success as Childish Gambino. Musical highlights include the Justin Bieber sendup, “Forget About It,” and of course “Paper Boi,” which will never leave your head after hearing it. The soundtrack supplies “Atlanta” with another level of atmosphere, giving the audience a taste of the city’s hip-hop scene.

#2: It’s Full of Relevant Themes and Issues

Although this series is largely focuses on rap, it’s about so much more. “Atlanta” frequently touches on relevant issues, ranging from racial discrimination, to drug-related violence, to the struggles the working-class regularly face. Sometimes the show tackles these themes in a way that’s deep, poignant, and challenging. Other times, it takes a wackier approach, like with a cartoon wolf who endures police brutality for trying to steal some cereal. Either way, it never fails to leave a lasting impact on viewers. Even when “Atlanta” is at its goofiest, its commentary feels all too real. In an era where racism appears to be on the rise, this is a show audiences truly need right now.

#1: It’s Got Donald Glover

“Atlanta” features several star-making performances from Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, and, most notably, Lakeith Stanfield as the scene-stealing Darius. However, the show’s success can primarily be attributed to its leading man and creator, Donald Glover. Anybody who watched Glover as Troy Barnes on “Community” knows that he’s hilarious. In “Atlanta,” though, Glover demonstrates his incredible range as a comedian, a dramatic actor, a musical artist, a writer, a director, and all-around talented guy. The future certainly seems bright for Glover, as he not only has Season 2 of “Atlanta” on the horizon, but also major roles in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “The Lion King” remake. How does he do it all?
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