One of the characteristics of the Peak TV era we are living in is the proliferation of scripted content. Amidst the explosion of broadcasting, cable and streaming platforms, comedy shows release by the dozen every month. Most of them don’t manage to make it past even one season, and we forget them as soon as they release. Some become famous and run for some seasons, but do not have any impact on television or the way television content is presented in general. Then there are shows like Donald Glover‘s ‘Atlanta‘, which become not just a popular show, but a visual document with social, political and cultural significance by reflecting contemporary world order.
‘Atlanta,’ which is a comedy-drama series from FX, tells the story of Earn and his cousin Alfred, two aspiring rappers who navigate through stark social realities of race, class and poverty. Earn, who is a college dropout, and his daughter struggle to make both ends while his cousin, locally famous rapper, Paper Boi chases his music dreams. Their lives are in a complicated juncture of day-to-day survival. But the show opts to explore the nuances of their life on the fringes of society through an outrageously comedic treatment.
But comedy in their life often surfaces as layers of shocking and surreal dark humor. The brilliant writing and direction of Donald Glover and elextrifyling performances make ‘Atlanta’ a must watch and critical favorite. The series also fared well during the awards season, bagging two Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards each. A socially conscious drama about the lives of African-Americans in Atlanta, the series will be fresh in the memories of American audiences for a long time. So, without further ado, here is the list of best TV series similar to ‘Atlanta’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these TV shows like ‘Atlanta’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. She’s Gotta Have It (2017 – )
Buzz around ‘She’s Gotta Have It‘ ‘spiked’ as soon as it was announced that the legendary screenwriter and filmmaker Spike Lee is the man behind the intriguing project. The Netflix series itself is a re-imaging of the 1986 film of the same name directed by Lee. The leading character of ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ is an African-American woman named Nola Darling who is an artist dating three men at the same time. Nola does not seem to figure out which man she really wants to be with, and thus cannot let any of them go.
The most fascinating aspect of the show is the character of Nola. She is brave, independent, strong, and is someone who never backs down from the challenges society keeps throwing at her. Being a young, African-American woman, her problems are many, which she has to fought with a strong personality and immense courage. As always, this is not a Spike Lee show but a real dope “Spike Lee” joint!