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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Smart dramedy makes "star is born" premise fresh.

TV FX Drama 2016
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Inapropriate for kids, possibly adults - graphic sex act scene.

An interesting but odd series where 30min episodes are sometimes similar to Seinfeld in that they are not about anything in particular but you see the characters going about their lives in various circumstances. Unfortunately mostly all of the characters are rappers, drug dealers, and criminals....which can be an interesting view of society if you have never experienced that. I stopped watching I believe in season 2 or 3 when the episode opens with a mans head between a woman's legs performing oral sex while she moans(no nudity). It was not expected or appreciated, and not necessary for the story at all. If there is a relationship, you don't have to see whatever goes on in the bedroom to believe they're together. If you want to watch this sort of thing there are plenty of avenues for that. To include this on a non-payed station like FX is disappointing and more suited for HBO or Showtime where you know to expect it. CommonSenseMedia does a poor job of preparing parents or others of these details. I'm not sure what makes their reviews "professional".

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 15+

Smart & Subtle. Hard-hitting.

Atlanta is a good dramedy which is both Hard-hitting & subtle. Some great performances.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (12 ):

You've seen this "a star is born" setup before, but this drama makes it fresh with terrific, appealing actors and smart, funny dialogue that makes even hackneyed scenes seem new. When Earn offers to manage Paper Boi, his cousin chides him for excessive ambition: "Ain't you homeless?" "Not real homeless," Earn snaps back. "I'm not using a rat as a phone or anything." "That makes you schizophrenic, not homeless," Paper Boi points out. The whole show is full of lines like that -- sharp enough to make you smile, realistic enough that it sounds like real people talking to each other.

Glover, as Community watchers already know, is a tremendously magnetic actor, though even his fans may be surprised by how deftly he moves from humor to pathos, particularly in scenes with his ex, Van (Zazie Beetz), whom he watches longingly as she moves on with her life, aware that she had good reasons to leave him and that he hasn't always been a great guy. He has disappointed those who love him. This time, though, it's going to be different -- he hopes. And we hope, too, even though it's unclear if Paper Boi is a solid foundation on which to build his house. It doesn't take more than one episode to get sucked into Earn's quest -- even if the premise isn't new.

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