I tried not to read too much about the show beforehand because I wanted to process it without other people’s opinions clouding my judgment. Knowing Glover’s ridiculous comedic talent from Community and writing prowess from his UCB days, I had a feeling the show was going to be good. And I was right. It was. It was soooooo good, y’all. Like SO.GOOD.
I can’t stop crying.
And EVERYONE agrees with me.
There are so many reasons why Atlanta is receiving so much well-deserved praise. In addition to the honest portrayals of black life in Atlanta by the talented cast, in just one hour, the show managed to touch on a ton of social issues. A TON.
The show is also historic. It’s written by all black writers and features an all black cast. I only saw two white characters in the first two episodes and they were barely on screen. That doesn’t happen. That never happens. And now it’s happening with Atlanta (and another show you need to watch that premiered at the same time, Oprah Winfrey’s and Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar.) To many, the show’s nuanced perspective is seen as “unique” and “fresh,” but that’s only because people of color and other marginalized voices have rarely been given the chance to tell their own stories. Glover said it best in a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes. “Comedy is based in point of view. All the interesting points of view are coming from people who were marginalized for a long time.”
I hope the inevitable success of Atlanta and Queen Sugar opens the doors for the gazillion unrepresented voices out there with important and not so important (we can write about the mundane too) stories.
FX released the show for all to see so you have no excuses. And now, you know where to find me every Tuesday night at 10 p.m. I hope I see you there!