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10 Shows Like 'Atlanta' to Watch Next

While there may never be another show quite like Donald Glover's, there are a handful that share similar elements that you may want to give a try.

Danielle Turchiano
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From left to right: Brian Tyree Henry, Donald Glover, and LaKeith Stanfield in 'Atlanta'

FX

With a Metascore of 92, FX's Atlanta is an auteur comedy at its finest.

Donald Glover created the series and served as executive producer, writer, star, and occasional director. It started out seemingly simple enough, focusing on his character Earn, a young Black man trying to make it in his titular hometown as a manager to his rapper cousin Alfred, aka Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry). But as the show went on, Glover's true ambitions were revealed.

The show delivered seasons devoted to a specific time or place (Season 2's Robbin Season and Season 3's European tour); tackled instances of racism, socioeconomic issues, and identity crises for its characters; split its group apart or even separated from them entirely to follow standalone characters for 30 minutes; and even played with magical realism a bit, such as in the Season 4 premiere that saw Earn and Lottie (Zazie Beetz) get stuck in a loop at Atlantic Station. And then there are the ruminations on celebrity, such as in "Teddy Perkins" and "Work Ethic!"

Coming from the mind of Glover (and his close collaborators: brother, writer, and executive producer Stephen Glover, executive producer and writer Stefani Robinson, and executive producer and director Hiro Murai), Atlanta defied expectations for four seasons on FX, often leaning so far into dark comedy people started to call it a drama instead. It also picked up a slew of awards, most notably six Emmys (to date), including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the history-making Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series, both for Glover in 2017. For the latter, Glover became the first Black person to take home that trophy.

The series signed off in November 2022, and while there may never be another show quite like it, there are a handful of shows that share similar elements that you may want to give a try.

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 other shows to watch now that Atlanta is over, ranked by Metascore.


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The cast of 'Reservation Dogs'

FX

Reservation Dogs

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of ensemble comedies centered on the youth
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi created one of the only series centering Indigenous perspectives on television with this FX comedy set on a reservation in rural Oklahoma. The series primarily follows four teenage characters (played by Devery Jacobs, D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor, and Paulina Alexis) who are mourning the death by suicide of the fifth member of their close-knit crew and dreaming of traveling to California. Although the dynamics with their group are different from the dynamics with Earn and his friends (notably because of age and socioeconomic status), the show explores location and culture in a similar way to Atlanta. And it even mixes a very grounded storytelling structure with occasional pops of surrealism as one character (we won't spoil who) gets guidance from a long-deceased warrior.

"A mood piece, and a sweet one, a collection of intertwined and poetic portraiture that focusses not solely on the central cast." — Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker 


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From left to right: Natasha Rothwell, Yvonne Orji, and Issa Rae in 'Insecure'

HBO

Insecure

Metascore: 84
Best for: Those who want more of Lottie's perspective and experience in Atlanta
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Seasons: 5

Co-created by and starring Issa Rae as a fictional version of herself named Issa Dee, this ensemble friendship comedy focuses on the Black female perspective. It also tosses in a heavy dose of relationship drama as it follows Issa and her friends through years of ups and downs as they try to better their lives in Los Angeles. Like Earn, Issa starts out struggling and somewhat "small time," but well before the end of the series she is making moves and seeing success. Earn and Paper Boi are in the music industry, and Issa taps into that vibe in her own way, rapping at herself in the mirror.

"As much as Insecure is a show about navigating life as a directionless millennial, it's also a strong testament to the highs and lows of female friendship." — Emily Baker, iNews


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Ramy Youssef in 'Ramy'

Hulu

Ramy

Metascore: 84
Best for: Fans of uncomfortable encounters in the name of growth
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Seasons: 3 (so far)

Ramy Youssef co-created, writes, produces, directs, and stars in this semi-autobiographical comedy that follows his namesake character as he juggles faith, friends, family, and both romantic and capitalistic pursuits in New Jersey. Ramy makes more mistakes than he has wins, whether it's sleeping with his cousin and confessing that to his wife after they got married or getting involved with some shady jewelry sellers and becoming a rival businessman to his uncle, but he always genuinely tries to make up for his inadvertent wrongs, all while balancing his Muslim faith in his daily life. 

"An earnest exploration of Muslim identity that at times runs toward saccharine; one gets the impression that the show, mindful that the mere act of being Muslim in America is provocative, has carefully neutered itself of anger. But Ramy makes up for this with an unflinching, transgressive portrait of American Islam, one that holds both its traditions and its deviations from tradition in the same embrace." — Sonia Saraiya, Vanity Fair


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Mo Amer (center) in 'Mo'

Netflix

Mo

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of half-hour comedies that are jam-packed with plot
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (so far)

Comedian Mohammed "Mo" Amer stars as the titular character in this comedy, which he also created with Youssef. Set in Houston, Texas, where he is really from, the show follows Mo and his family as they fight to gain asylum in America, with him learning some horrific truths about what his late father went through in their home country of Kuwait. Mo also has to hustle to make ends meet since he is undocumented, which sees him get caught up in some shady business dealings, but like Earn and Paper Boi, he sets his sights on a bigger dream relatively early on, and it, too, is something he envisions as a family affair.

"Over eight half-hour episodes, the dramedy keeps itself afloat through a likable sense of humor and an eye for clever details, even as it frequently wades into deep, heavy waters." — Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter


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From left to right: KaMillion and Aida Osman in 'Rap Sh!t'

HBO

Rap Sh!t

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of hip-hop and stories about chasing dreams
Where to watch: 


Seasons: 1 (so far)

Rae also created this comedy, though she doesn't star in it so it's not a true auteur moment. Instead, the show follows KaMillion's Mia Knight and Aida Osman's Shawna Clark, former high school friends in Miami who reconnect as adults and decide to form a hip-hop duo. Although they see some important wins early in the show, their rise certainly can't be described as meteoric, nor easy. For one thing, they have very different work styles and ideas about the types of songs they should put out, which causes tension and slows down progress, but for another, the show is realistic in its portrayal of the sacrifices you have to make to go for what you really want in life.

"Rae's writing remains charmingly sly, the depiction of Miami is immersive, and the natural, winning chemistry between Osman and KaMillion establishes Rap Sh!t as the summer's premier hangout show." — Roxana Hadidi, Vulture


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The cast of 'Bust Down'

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Bust Down

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of buddy comedies that aren't afraid to break format conventions
Where to watch: 


Seasons: 1 (so far)

This ensemble comedy centers on four friends (played by Chris Redd, Sam Jay, Langston Kerman, and Jak Knight) who work at a casino in Indiana. Their jobs feel dead-end, which leaves them ample room to just mess around and get up to antics, which is where most of the humor comes from. But that doesn't mean it ignores important social discussions. Rather, it leans into humor to explore such complicated topics as sexual abuse, religion, and blended families, occasionally shifting styles to punctuate the writers' points. Also, similar to Atlanta, it often allows its characters to go off on their own individual journeys.

"They're goofy as hell, but also intelligent and thoughtful and self-aware, which allows them to take on otherwise touchy subject matter." — Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune


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Dave Burd (front) and GaTa in 'Dave'

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Dave

Metascore: 76
Best for: Those who wish Atlanta spent more time telling stories about making music
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

Dave Burd, aka Lil Dicky, co-created this series about a perhaps-only-slightly-exaggerated version of himself, a man convinced he is the greatest rapper of all time — he just has to get the record deal to prove it. Burd is fearless in exploring Dave's shortcomings, be they his selfishness that puts himself ahead of his friends, collaborators, and even his girlfriend, or his complicated medical issues relating to his penis. As deeply as the show delves into what makes Dave tick, it also offers the same depth to his right-hand man GaTa and goes even harder at the process of making music, letting the audience be a fly on the wall in meetings, recording studios, on music video sets, and even on the stage during a major awards show performance. 

"Dave isn't quite on the level of Atlanta, but some of the tonal swings that creators Dave Burd and Jeff Schaffer are taking are comparably ambitious, even if they're frequently buried in that aforementioned onslaught of penis jokes." — Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter


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From left to right: Danny Pudi, Betty White, and Donald Glover in 'Community'

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Community

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of Glover and pop culture-inspired adventures
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Seasons: 6 (and soon, a movie)

Before Glover was in charge of his own show, he spent four and a half seasons on this community college-set series from Dan Harmon. The ensemble comedy follows a group of individuals from all walks of life who come together to study Spanish on campus but end up having much bigger adventures, including stepping in for the glee club during a Christmas pageant, eating tainted meat at a Halloween party and seemingly turning into zombies, playing paintball, and making many pop culture references and homages. Admittedly, the comedy Glover performs here is not his own since he didn't work in the writers' room (for that, you can always check out 30 Rock, where he worked for and was mentored by Tina Fey), but fans of his will certainly want to see his roots nonetheless. 

"Community is at its most watchable not when it's tackling some real-world hot-button issue via the guise of a Greendale Community College campus event, but when it's examining the interactions of its main characters." — Mike Lechevallier, Slant Magazine


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The cast of 'The Get Down'

Netflix

The Get Down

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of music history
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

Baz Luhrmann's 1970s New York set music series only got one season, split into two parts, but it covered a lot of ground. The story is specific to its time and region in a way Atlanta can be, but it follows the earlier days of both hip-hop and disco music as teenagers in the Bronx form the titular group, hoping to become successful artists. The first half of the season centers on those teenagers as they fight obstacles including disapproving parents, poverty, and local crime, while the second half jumps a bit in time to see them actually working within the music industry and facing tough personal choices because of it.

"The show is so infectiously fun — in its up-tempo numbers, production design (all high-waisted, polyester pants and vinyl-topped cars) and the historical characters who pop up (from DJ Kool Herc to Ed Koch) — that it rises above its shortcomings." — Brian P. Kelly, The Wall Street Journal


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The cast of 'Grand Crew'

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Grand Crew

Metascore: 63
Best for: Fans of friendship comedies who prefer the group stays together for most stories and wine — lots of wine
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

Being a broadcast sitcom (it airs on NBC), Grand Crew fits the traditional sitcom mold a lot more than Atlanta does, starting with the fact that it features a central set piece of a wine bar where the core friends hang out and talk about their relationships. For those who enjoy the dynamics of the core characters in Atlanta and maybe feel like they're not all together enough, this show should scratch a similar interest itch. There's also an important familial relationship among the group (Echo Kellum and Nicole Byer's characters are siblings). When Atlanta first launched, it introduced audiences to very distinct characters in an equally specific setting, and so too does this show.

"The show makes the characters' Black identity part of its fabric, without anyone stopping to deliver lectures. ... Grand Crew keeps the comedy front and center." — Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian