Episode 8 of the fourth season of comedy series Atlanta went on air on Thursday, October 28, 2022. This eighth episode is titled “The Goof Who Sat By the Door” and it drew inspiration from the famous book of 1969, “The Spook Who Sat By the Door”. 

Let’s take a look at five TV shows like Atlanta.


Insecure is an American comedy-drama television series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore and the TV series upholds the awkward experiences of contemporary African-American women. 

The eight episodes in the first season explored the Black female experiences from the viewpoint of the two female characters, Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji). Issa and Molly have been best friends since their time together at Stanford University.

They are both in their late 20s and manage their careers and romantic relationships while residing in South Los Angeles, California. The two have a strong bond, and the show shows their friendship, their psychological issues, and focuses on the African-American community. 

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The series gives a central message on social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary American Black experience. It holds similarities with the TV series Atlanta. Both shows uniquely structure their narratives so that every episode has its particular journey.

Insecure, like Atlanta, makes excellent use of its superb supporting cast by giving them their experiences of their own rich lives. Both shows also hold the underlying message of racism. 

Reservation Dogs 

The series Reservation Dogs premiered on Hulu on August 9, 2021. The series, created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, is a casual hangout comedy about a bunch of young, eccentric friends who travel throughout the globe and encounter difficulties. 

After the death of a friend, the film’s four teenagers — D’Pharaoh Woon-A’Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor are searching for a way off the remote Oklahoma reservation where they reside. They get involved in a number of schemes to raise money for their trip to California

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Reservation Dogs borrows a page from Atlanta’s world-building playbook by creating  authentic characters amongst eye-catching people all around the world. 


Crashing is a TV series about a comedian who decides to perform stand-up comedies after being cheated by his wife and thus leaving him homeless. 

The storyline of Crashing holds similarities with TV series Atlanta. In Atlanta Earn’s girlfriend leaves him to fend for himself. Though it is difficult for Earn to live without his girlfriend and their daughter, he manages to pull himself and survives the drudgery of life.


Dice is a 2016 comedy series and the main character of the story, Dice, attempts to revive his profession while navigating the highs and lows of life.

Dice’s real-life issues are incorporated as a part of the narrative and those problems include having his work rejected by MTV, writing children’s books with explicit content, using acidic humor.  The social awkwardness of the show is highlighted more in the series rather than his heroic deeds. 

The main character of this drama doesn’t want to present himself as a heroic figure. Like Earn in Atlanta, played by Glover, he is prone to worry, fear, and self-doubt but eventually recognizes his issues and makes a sincere effort to mend himself.

Dear White People 

The series follows a group of African-American college students as they spend their campus life at a prestigious Ivy League institution. The institution turns to be a place racial tensions since it is crowded with white students. 

We see a girl refuse a $100 bill from Glover’s character in Atlanta because she doesn’t think a young African-American man could have so much cash on him unless it was gained unfairly. 

Similar circumstances are examined in the academic setting of Dear White People. The comedy series is provocative and upholds the underlining concept of racism.