It celebrities Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks, an university failure that organizes his relative Alfred's (Brian Tyree Henry) rap job as “Paper Boi”, as well as complies with both as they browse the Atlanta rap scene. It likewise celebrities Lakeith Stanfield as well as Zazie Beetz.
Atlanta has actually obtained important praise as well as different awards, consisting of 2 Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy as well as Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy for Glover, as well as 2 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series as well as Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. Glover's Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series was the very first granted to an African-American, as well as his job as the collection' author as well as exec manufacturer has actually obtained appreciation.
The collection complies with Earn (Donald Glover) throughout his life in Atlanta, Georgia, as he attempts to retrieve himself in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend, that is the mommy of his child, in addition to his moms and dads as well as his relative Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry), that raps under the phase name “Paper Boi”. Having quit of Princeton University, Earn has no cash as well as no house as well as consequently alternates between staying with his parents as well as his girlfriend. Once he realizes that his cousin is on the verge of stardom, he desperately seeks to reconnect to improve his life as well as the life of his daughter, Lottie.
- Donald Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks, an early-30 something Princeton dropout turned manager trying to get his cousin Paper Boi's rap career off the ground. Earn is cynical and highly intelligent, yet often makes reckless decisions. He struggles with intermittent homelessness and poverty throughout the show.
- Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles, Earn's cousin, and up-and-coming rapper.
- Lakeith Stanfield as Darius Epps, Alfred's eccentric right-hand man and visionary. He is a first-generation Nigerian-American, and gun enthusiast.
- Zazie Beetz as Vanessa “Van” Keefer, Earn's on-again-off-again sweetheart as well as the mother of their child Lottie. Van is a former grade school science teacher. She is a biracial Afro-German woman from Helen, Georgia and fluent in German.
- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Raleigh Marks, Earn's father and Alfred's uncle.
- Myra Lucretia Taylor as Gloria Marks, Earn's mother and Alfred's aunt. It also appears in the Robbin' Season episode “FUBU.”
- Harold House Moore as Swiff, a co-worker of Earns.
- Griffin Freeman as Dave, an acquaintance of Earn's who works at a prominent radio station and the significant other of Van's childhood friend Christina. It also appears in the Robbin' Season episode “Helen.”
- Brandon Hirsch as Devyonne Johnson, a famous actor who resides in the Atlanta area. It also appears in the Robbin' Season episode “Champagne Papi.”
- Emmett Hunter as Ahmad White, a mysterious being who appears to Earn and airs strange advertisements on television.
- Cranston Johnson as Deshawn, Alfred's friend and confidante.
- Lucius Baston as Chris, a shady club promoter who tries to swindle Earn and Alfred.
- Alano Miller as Franklin Montague, a pretentious talk-show host who dislikes Alfred.
- Niles Stewart as Antoine Smalls, a young black man who identifies as a 35-year-old white man named Harrison Booth.
- Freddie Kuguru as Zan, a chauvinistic internet personality who antagonizes Alfred.
- Austin Crute as a fictionalized, African-American version of Justin Bieber, who is portrayed as an obnoxious and extremely popular teen pop star. Bieber is a real person, but, as is shown, did not play himself.
- Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff as the Migos, Alfred's drug suppliers.
- Khris Davis as Tracy, Alfred's recently paroled friend who is currently staying on their couch. He and Earn often clash personalities. Tracy beats Earn in a fight leaving the latter bruised and in a daze in “North of the Border.”
- RJ Walker as Clark County, an egotistical, commercialized rapper that Alfred befriends. Darius and Earn view him as an industrial plant.
- Matthew Barnes as Lucas, Clark's well-connected supervisor.
- Katt Williams as Willie, Alfred as well as Earn's uncle. He owns an alligator named Coach, which is the reason for his nickname, “Alligator Man.”
- Robert Powell as Bibby, Alfred's flakey barber.
- Derrick J. Haywood as Benny Hope, a reclusive pianist who Darius attempts to buy a piano from. His brother, Teddy Perkins, was the main antagonist of his titular episode as well as was played by Donald Glover himself in whiteface.
- Kevin Waterman as Florida Man, a sinister entity, referred to by Darius as an “Alt-right Johnny Appleseed,” who commits a variety of strange crimes in Florida as part of a plot to keep black voters out.
- Michael Vick as himself, an ex-NFL quarterback who challenges club-goers in “Money Bag Shawty” to foot races against himself. He beats Earn in a race after Earn fails to prove he can stunt.
- Jerusha Cavazos as Violet, a college girl who has an obsessive crush on Alfred.
- Tim Johnson as Prescott, a frat boy with a fondness for hazing, with whom the characters cross paths. He is a fan of Alfred's as well as an avid fan of trap music.
FX first began developing the program in August 2013, as well as then the pilot was ordered to series by FX Networks in December 2014. It was directed by Hiro Murai as well as shot in Atlanta. It got picked up to series with a 10-episode order in October 2015. Glover, who grew up in Atlanta as well as also works as a musician, stated that “the city influenced the tone of the show”.
The series is also notable for having an all-black writing staff, which is virtually unheard of in American television. The writer's room consists of Glover himself, his brother Stephen Glover, as well as members of his rap collective ‘Royalty' including Fam Udeorji (Glover's manager), Ibra Ake (Glover's longtime photographer), as well as Jamal Olori. Stefani Robinson, a writer for Man Seeking Woman, as well as Taofik Kolade round out the writer's room. During an interview with The New Yorker, Glover stated the characters smoke cannabis because “they have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). — every black person does”.
In January 2017, the series was renewed for a second season; however, FX announced the series would not return until 2018 due to Glover's busy production schedule. Glover revealed that the second season takes inspiration from Tiny Toon Adventures, specifically Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation.
A 3rd season was announced in June 2018, which was originally planned for a 2019 premiere, yet has been delayed because of organizing disputes.