Critics and Viewers Love ‘Atlanta’ on FX: ‘One of the Best New Shows on Television’

Donald Glover’s new show earns acclaim from both fans and critics


“Atlanta” premiered on FX Tuesday night to praise from both viewers and critics, who seem to agree it’s one of the best new shows on TV.

“Highly impressed with the first episode of ‘Atlanta,’” tweeted one viewer. “Pretty incredible how well the entire show, and characters were setup in only 20 min.”

“Atlanta is a must watch! I’m excited for what else Donald has to show us,” tweeted another fan.

TheWrap’s TV critic wrote, “Created by and starring Donald Glover,  this FX series is a comedy-drama hybrid that glides between sadness, humor and surrealism without compromising any of its distinctive tones. After four episodes, ‘Atlanta’ still shows no clear sign of where it might be going, but that hardly matters — with this much promise, you’ll want to follow wherever it roams.”

The series stars revolves around is about two cousins navigating their way through the Atlanta rap scene to improve both their lives and the lives of their families.”

The series revolves around the misadventures of Earn (Glover), who starts to manage estranged cousin Alfred’s rap career, despite not having any experience in field. Joined by Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), Alfred’s loopy, mumbling best friend, Earn struggles to get his life in order, especially after he’s unexpectedly arrested in the pilot.

Just a few hours after the series’ premiered, the show had racked up a 100 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 39 reviews.

“‘Atlanta’ may be Glover’s revenge–it’s his best work yet,” said Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Republic.

Calling it “one of the best new shows on television in quite some time,” The Guardian‘s Brian Moylan wrote, “Everything about this program seems new and vital, stylishly shot in hues that make the projects of Atlanta look like they were washed over with honeycomb and steeped in sunlight.”

See Twitter reactions about “Atlanta” below. The show airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. PST on FX.