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Donald Glover on Eschewing Sitcom Stereotypes with ‘Atlanta’

Donald Glover’s new FX show Atlanta is about two cousins navigating the rap world and their Southern city. Glover talks to Fast Company‘s Co.Create about how he always intended for the humor of the show to come out of real situations.

“Stereotypes come from somewhere. People just don’t know people. I just tried to show a real person,” says Glover. “With everybody on the show, it’s like, let’s make sure they’re real people. The second they don’t feel like real people, it feels more like a sitcom to people, which we didn’t want to do. I was like, I don’t want to make it a sitcom. I don’t want it to feel like what people think about when they say, ‘sitcom.’ Let’s make sure these characters feel like people and you’re surprised and interested when they make a decision based on their experiences. So, with Earn and Paper Boi and [Paper Boi’s friend] Darius, I was like, let’s make sure that their friendship feels honest and then after that they can do whatever they need to do. I feel like people forget how much they’re different from their friends, how often people’s friends are very different and have different ideas and they come together to smoke or chill, but you live completely different lives and sometimes your philosophies cross and sometimes they don’t. And that’s what makes for an interesting relationship.”

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