A debate regarding the third season teaser trailer for FX’s Atlanta and its perceived similarities to Lil Dicky’s FXX series Dave has raised the ire of Donald Glover, who took to social media to address the matter.
A quick primer about the two shows — both of which have been the subject of positive reviews — and how people have tried to tie the two together. Atlanta and Dave are created by two uniquely funny rappers, who have used their intellect and imagination to stand out in the rap game. Both Glover and Dicky merge comedy, self-deprecation, and left-of-center statements as stars of their respective shows, too.
But, according to the Emmy Award-winning phenom, he’s aware of what people say and believes that one of these things is not quite like the other.
“Like y’all forgot what we did,” he wrote, adding in a “no disrespect” closer in one tweet. Glover brought in the “sellout” argument by linking it to any debate about whether Atlanta or Dave is the better series.
And while both shows have been very successful for the FX networks, in general, there are some that say the two are very similar.
Thankfully, Lil Dicky and co-creator Jeff Schaffer, insist that both series are quite different tonally. The latter made such an argument when asked about the parallels in a New York Times interview back in June. At the time, Dicky noted that he’s also a “big fan” of Atlanta, which he considers a “great show.” But when it comes to comparisons, the “Save Dat Money” rapper pushed back against any such thinking.
“I think they’re very different,” he said. “I think our show is trying to be funny — a lot more jokes. Theirs is just the tonal brilliance. I see them as different shows.”
Both shows are going into their respective third seasons, as Atlanta, which premiered in Sept. 2016, looks to own the first quarter of 2022, and Dave, which debuted on FXX in March 2022, recently wrapped its own second season earlier this year.
As previously announced, Atlanta will return after shooting primarily in Europe, which makes perfect sense given the events of the prior season.