Tonight was the night. Atlanta, the long awaited TV show helmed by (my idol) Donald Glover, also known as rapper Childish Gambino, premiered on FX. A full year of anticipation and curiousity have lead us to this moment, and the first two episodes truly live up to every ounce of hype that it garnered. The show is a comedic drama set in Atlanta(If you hadn’t guessed that from the title) that follows Earnest “Earn” Marks, played by Glover, a Princeton dropout from the city with a history of disappointing those that care about him, living a somber life until he discovers that his cousin is Paper Boi, one of Altanta’s most blossoming rappers, and sets out to make his mark alongside him as his manager. While the premise may seem straight forward, it’s Glover’s reinvention of the city that is just as captivating as the story itself. The unique culture of the city, it’s people, and it’s environment all shine through a detailed lens that shows a more indepth side, portraying the dark underbelly city with a tinted vibrance and exploring things like the pressures and expectations of success as well as the mistreatment and weak understanding of those with mental illness. We see Glover’s existentialist mindset flow through his character as well, constantly questioning himself and his intentions and having to deal with his past quietly, but steadily becoming something he cannot escape from. We’re also shown how Paper Boi is weighed down mentally with the new amount of success he’s earned, facing the new amount of expectations thrown upon him and seeing firsthand just how quickly the people around you can switch up on you. Though they are scarcely introduced, the characters Van, Glover’s love interest, and Darius, Paper Boi’s best friend, both intertwine seamlessly with the story and leave something to hopefully be more explored later throughout the season. Underneath it all, the cultural aspect of hip-hop within the show is blended perfectly into the dynamic with no skips or awkardness. The first double episode of the series broke what has become the mold for modern television, breathing new life and bringing depth to an era where TV quality was beginning to wain. The show is as thought provoking as it is funny, and if you catch them, the subtle messages it relays can really stick with you. The series can easily win some awards if it keeps up with the pace it has set.