Living in the city has its own advantages, namely, easier access to everything from late-night snacks to catching a game at your big local stadium. A big city brings us the feeling of the whole world within the palms of your hands. But sometimes the continuous humdrum and busy life takes a toll on you. You feel like throwing away all your comforts and moving to a small town where you will not be bothered by the huge machine called city life which keeps churning on every single moment of the day. While the rumbling city forces us to join the race, a serene and sleepy small town invites us for a long walk. Whereas, both the spatial coorinates share something in common, the uncertainty of human nature and the melodrama it generates!
This is the point where the story of the Netflix comedy series ‘Family Reunion‘, kicks off. The McKellan family decide to move from their bustling life in Seattle to the quieter, more relaxed ambiance offered by Columbus, Georgia. Another attraction of the country life for the children is definitely being able to live near their grandparents, M’Dear and Grandpa McKellan. The story of ‘Family Reunion’ takes us through this wonderful African American family’s daily life as they try and attune themselves to the slower country life. This is a story about reconnecting with your close ones, about sharing such great love for each other that everything else seems to diminish in importance in front of the same. If you have enjoyed watching the Netflix series, check out these TV shows like ‘Family Reunion,’ which are in the same vein.
5. Atlanta (2016 – )
‘Atlanta‘ is a paradigm shift from the quiet family story that ‘Family Reunion‘ is. But the series thoroughly justifies its position on the list because it too, is a story about what family means to us. The story of ‘Family Reunion’ is centered around the life of a young Atlanta native called Earn who works as a manager for his cousin, rapper Alfred a.k.a. Paper Boi. Earn tries hard get the best deals for Alfred, but his inner demons hinder him to invent the best version himself as a rapper. Meanwhile, Paper Boi has just delivered a major hit and there is enough potential in him to be the next big thing in the music world.
We follow the entwined destinies of the two cousins who are trying hard to find their fortune in the music industry. Apart from the occasional noir-ish, outrageous and hilarious misadventures of these characters, what is clear but never spoken is the undying love Alfred has for Earn. He can very well manage to get a better manager, which he even threatens Earn of doing so, but it is his sense of duty towards his brother that constantly prevents him from executing it. ‘Atlanta”s star is the screenwriter, director, creator, and lead actor of the series, Donald Glover. He managed to bag two Golden Globe Awards for his work on the series, one for Best Directing and the another for Best Actor. ‘Atlanta’ was also awarded the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
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