If there's any show that demonstrates the real and rawness of Atlanta, Georgia and all the major and minor parts that make the city so unique, FX's deeply loved Atlanta. Created by the multi-talented Donald Glover (R.I.P. Childish Gambino), the critically applauded series has officially been renewed for an additional fourth season with production of both season three and four beginnning in 2020.
We are excited to step back into the complicated lives, trials and hilarity surrounding aspiring manager Earn (played by Glover), his Hip-Hop artist and cousin Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) and their philosophical stoner friend Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) who's always close behind.
While the show follows the growing (very slowly growing) career of Paper Boi, the script has a way of making the actual city of Atlanta a character in the show. We get a taste of the music culture, the deep love for lemon pepper wings (wet of course) and the communal waterholes that are Atlanta strip clubs.
We also get intimate moments that show the personalities of each very normal, but very Atlanta characters, when they experience celebrity flexes (like an expensive invisble car); relationship drama (Earn dates his on-again/off-again Van played by Zazie Beetz); weird social encounters (we all remember the creepy Teddy Perkins episode), and Earn's very regular struggle with finding money (with Darius having the perfect solution).
Season two left us on the craziest cliffhanger and we're dying to see what goes down. *SPOILER ALERT* We last see Earn, Paper Boi and Darius getting on a plane to go on tour with one-hit wonder rapper named "Clark County" (RJ Walker). While going through TSA, Earn realizes he still has Paper Boi's uncle's gold pistol in his bag, mistakenly forgotten during a crocodile incident in episode one.
Thinking quick, Earn slips the gun into Clark's bag and walks calmly through TSA. Later on the plane, Paper Boi and Earn realize one of Clark's security guards is not on the plane with them. Clark shrugs and tells them he got stuck at TSA and walks to his area of the plane, letting them and viewers know he was not above setting up his own team. Yikes!
While a sticky situation for Clark, this moment actually brings Paper Boi and Earn closer together, revealing Earn is willing to do anything to make sure Paper Boi makes it to the top.
The show does an amazing job balancing realism and surrealism and it has been awarded handsomely for its efforts. The show has received Golden Globes' Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy (2017) and Glover has recieved Outstanding Lead in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
Seasons 3 and 4 will be produced back-to-back beginning spring 2020, meaning (most likely) the long-awaited season 3 will premiere late next year. Both seasons will run for 8 episodes so we'll definitely get an eye-ful and more hilarious moments of Earn, Paper Boi, Darius and Van figuring out how to adult and make this paper.