General Information

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First Air Date: September 6th, 2016
Last Air Date: May 10th, 2018
Created By: Donald Glover
Star Casts: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz, Shariff Earp
Aired On: FX
Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
Total Seasons: 2 Seasons
Total Episodes: 21 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Returning Series
Homepage: FX - Atlanta

Last Updated: Sun, 26 Sep 2021 22:30:33 +0000

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Two cousins, with different views on art versus commerce, on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene; Earnest 'Earn' Marks, an ambitious college dropout and his estranged cousin, who suddenly becomes a star.

Seasons and Episodes

Season 1 (10 Episodes)

1: The Big Bang - Aired: 2016-09-06

The series opens with a confrontation between local rapper Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles and a man who breaks off the side view mirror of Alfred's parked car. Alfred's cousin Earn tries to mediate the situation while stoned sidekick Darius has a sensation of déjà vu.

2: Streets on Lock - Aired: 2016-09-06

Issues like police brutality, mental illness, and transphobia are addressed as Earn awaits bail after the boys get arrested for their shooting incident.

3: Go for Broke - Aired: 2016-09-13

Earn goes on a date with Van even though he's broke; Paper Boi proves he might have what it takes to hustle.

4: The Streisand Effect - Aired: 2016-09-20

Paper Boi deals with a social media troll, internet criticism, and exploitation; While Earn tries to trade his phone for quick cash, Darius sets up an investment for the future.

5: Nobody Beats the Biebs - Aired: 2016-09-27

Justin Bieber, who is depicted as an African-American, makes an appearance in Atlanta at a celebrity basketball game, rubbing Paper Boi the wrong way. Meanwhile, Earn sneaks his way into a high-powered agents meeting after being mistaken for someone else, and Darius gets involved in an incident at a shooting range where he is criticized for a questionable choice for target paper.

6: Value - Aired: 2016-10-04

Van meets her WAG friend Jayde for dinner and they clash over their respective lifestyles. Later, they smoke weed and reconcile, but Van forgets she is scheduled for a drug test the next day. She tries to use her daughter's urine, but spills it and finally admits to her boss that she's smoked, who understands but has to fire her.

7: B.A.N. - Aired: 2016-10-11

A satirical episode, Paper Boi features as a guest on a talk show called Montague, being part of a discussion on the media's indictment of Black culture and its intersection with trans people. Commercial parodies play throughout the episode during the breaks of the talk show.

8: The Club - Aired: 2016-10-18

An NBA star named Marcus Miles is in the same club as Paper Boi, hogging the drinks, women and limelight, which aggravates Paper Boi. Additionally, their promoter is avoiding paying Earn, who attempts to chase him down throughout the night. Eventually, Paper Boi strong-arms him and takes his money. Later, another shooting happens (outside of the club), which the police link to Paper Boi on the news due to his "armed robbery".

9: Juneteenth - Aired: 2016-10-25

Earn wakes up in another woman's bed and Van comes by to pick him up for a Juneteenth-themed party which she believes will help her establish good networking. The luxury home's owner is a rich White man who is shown to know quite a lot about Black culture in an anthropological way and his bourgeois Black wife. To impress the party's attendees, Vanessa and Earnest have to pretend they are a married couple who love fine art. Earn ends up going off on the homeowners when the wife insults Paper Boi and his hip hop management career after he is outed by some valets. On the drive back home, Earn and Van have sex in their car.

10: The Jacket - Aired: 2016-11-01

Earn loses his jacket, which has imporant items to him, after a night of partying. The Uber driver, who is a drug and weapons dealer, has it but ends up getting shot by police while wearing it. Later, Paper Boi gives Earn a generous 5% pay which he gives to Van. Earn's coworker Justin comes by and returns the important item he desperately needed—a key which unlocks the storage facility space he is living in.

Robbin' Season (11 Episodes)

1: Alligator Man - Aired: 2018-03-01

Ayyy! We back in the city but thangs feel a little different. Must be Robbin' Season. Free Paper Boi!

2: Sportin' Waves - Aired: 2018-03-08

Trappin ain't easy, ya dig? Shout out to all my credit card scammers in the club tonight.

3: Money Bag Shawty - Aired: 2018-03-15

Earn is out here making that money. Too bad he still look broke as hell. This whole city runs on stunting, you feel me?

4: Helen - Aired: 2018-03-22

When you go outside the city white people be acting different. That's why I can't even go to Marietta. Too weird.

5: Barbershop - Aired: 2018-03-29

You know how you need a fresh cut but your barber is always on some wack stuff? He's lucky I only trust him.

6: Teddy Perkins - Aired: 2018-04-05

Darius is trippin in this one. Y'all know I woulda been left.

7: Champagne Papi - Aired: 2018-04-12

Yeah girl, we gonna party tonight! But if you don't post about it, did it really happen?

8: Woods - Aired: 2018-04-19

Why Paper Boi always got an attitude? He rich, right? That's why I can't feel bad for these celebrities.

9: North of the Border - Aired: 2018-04-26

We might have to make that move tonight. I heard there's a pajama party and Paper Boi is gonna be there.

10: FUBU - Aired: 2018-05-03

Y’all youngins don't know nothing about this. This one takes me back to middle school. Shout out Miller Grove!

11: Crabs in a Barrel - Aired: 2018-05-10

Sometimes you gotta go where the money goes. But it be feeling like something is holding me back. Like I can't leave.