So if it wasn't Donald Glover, who was dressed as Teddy Perkins at the Emmys?

Teddy Perkins, an Atlanta character too unnerving to ever forget, put on his finest velvet robe and splashed some water on his horrifyingly immobile face to enjoy a rare night out at last Monday’s Emmy awards. Those who watched, intending to enjoy a relaxing evening of giving awards to the wrong shows and improving…

Reality and the surreal go hand-in-hand on Donald Glover's Atlanta

We’ve enjoyed a wealth of zeitgeist-defining television this year, but it’s hard to imagine any show having the cultural impact of Donald Glover’s Atlanta, which is somehow both the weirdest and most crushingly real show we’ve seen in years. It’s in the tension between those two things—the reality and the…

The best TV of 2018 so far

Disappointing season of your favorite prestige drama got you down? Let down by the big sitcom revival that promised to open up a dialogue, but just wound up taking potshots at easy (and vulnerable) targets while setting up a runway for Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing over at Old Man Murdoch’s place? A thousand Netflix…

Atlanta's Hiro Murai lines up a creepy-sounding first feature 

Hiro Murai’s name has been coming up more and more of late in respected pop culture circles: A regular collaborator with up-and-coming Renaissance Guy Donald Glover, Murai has been a producer on Glover’s FX show Atlanta for both of its two seasons, including directing the beloved and bizarre “Teddy Perkins.” He also…

Stephen Glover says Atlanta's third season will have more women-centric stories

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Atlanta writer and producer Stephen Glover teased that the show will try to tell some more female-centric stories in its recently announced third season, saying he and the other writers “have some cool ideas in season three that’ll put some more women on screen.” He doesn’t go…

Eat or be eaten: The A.V. Club reacts to the Atlanta Robbin’ Season finale

The second season of Atlanta, subtitled Robbin’ Season, ended with the stunning, tentatively optimistic “Crabs In A Barrel.” After weeks of hard truths and consequences, an embattled Earn (Donald Glover) comes perilously close to losing it all. The finale sees Earn flailing, as usual, while Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry)…

Hiro Murai says he lost sleep over the "Teddy Perkins" episode of Atlanta

FX’s Atlanta is one of those shows that can go from hilarious to haunting in the span of a few minutes without betraying the authenticity of its story or characters. This masterful control over the show’s tone comes from the top-down, thanks to the successful partnership of creator and star Donald Glover and the…

As Atlanta’s Robbin’ Season comes to an end, Earn pulls off a daring reverse heist

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Of the many compliments that can be hurled at Atlanta, the highest has to do with the show’s tendency to dramatically shapeshift from week-to-week. It’s a horror anthology. It’s an indie comedy. It’s a commentary on contemporary black life. It’s a high-art after-school special about the grave consequences of fashion…

FX snaps up "This Is America" director Hiro Murai for his own development deal

Donald Glover/Childish Gambino made a resoundingly successful grab for the internet’s often-fleeting attention this weekend, compounding a great SNL performance with the release of his much-talked-about new music video, “This Is America.” The video—which features Glover cheerfully strutting through a violence-filled…

Atlanta, Westworld, and the episode-description revolution

There’s always too much good TV to keep up with, but in a packed spring—The Americans, Westworld, The Terror, Legion, sigh—Atlanta’s second season has felt like uniquely essential viewing. Comedies go “dark” all the time, but few manage to delve all the way into horror, as Donald Glover’s has, while still retaining…

Atlanta can be anything it damn well pleases, even a coming-of-age period piece

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“FUBU” has a vestigial quality, which probably sounds like an insult, but it’s not intended to. Perhaps it’s because Atlanta has acclimated its audience to ten-episode seasons, and Robbin’ Season features 11, including “FUBU,” the first episode of the show in which none of the regular cast members appear. But it feels…

Another chaotic road trip leads to a fateful confrontation in Atlanta Robbin' Season

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Nine episodes into Atlanta Robbin’ Season, each of the four central characters has lived their own surreal horror movie. In “Helen,” Earn was stalked by the Schnappviecher but ultimately succumbed to his fear of commitment. Darius witnessed the bloody final confrontation between Teddy Perkins and his brother after…

Keeping it real goes wrong for Alfred in a brilliant, harrowing Atlanta

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It’s hard to tell if anything will ever truly stick in the Atlanta universe. At the risk of belaboring the point, we’re now two full episodes out from “Teddy Perkins,” and that ghoul-white visage continues to haunt my dreams, and yet here is Darius looking no worse for the wear. Hell, he’s even making fresh pasta, if…