‘Atlanta’ and other cult series hidden in the Disney+ catalog

Disney’s content platform has a problem: when a series doesn’t belong to Star Wars or Marvel, it usually falls into oblivion in a matter of days or, worse still, it doesn’t even get notoriety among the series-loving public. Here we do not go into whether it is a communication problem for Disney+, which prioritizes its most powerful brands, or if it is a matter related to the public, which links the Mickey Mouse company with children’s and family productions and, consequently, does not pay Attention to the rest of the proposals.

Be that as it may, on the platform there is no shortage of interesting proposals as revealed this Friday Atlanta with its fourth and final season, and other series that (we say it) have the aroma of cult works. Here are eight standouts:

Atlanta

Donald Glover is a versatile artist: creator, actor, singer.

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This series was sold as an auteur comedy about a penniless black man from Atlanta (Donald Glover) who works for his cousin (Brian Tyree Henry), an up-and-coming rapper. What it ended up being, however, has nothing to do with it: a conceptual, reflective and discursive work that takes the racial debate in the United States naturally to push it to uncomfortable, surreal limits, sometimes intimate and other times terrifying for the viewer. .

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Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, and Danny DeVito.

Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, and Danny DeVito.

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Rob McElhenney, since he was having trouble finding a foothold in the audiovisual industry, took the initiative: developing the project with his friends Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, with whom he would also star in the series, and recording the first episode with a digital camera. The result? An irreverent comedy about a group of despicable friends that, as episodes accumulate, has a lot of merit: not only for being the longest-running live-action comedy in the history of American television but also because, in addition, they have never been canceled despite of his politically incorrect sense of humor.

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The ubiquitous sculpture of Amaya, the company of 'Devs'.

The ubiquitous sculpture of Amaya, the company of ‘Devs’.

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Sergei (Karl Glusman) works at a cutting-edge technology company headed by the enigmatic Forest (Nick Offerman), a visionary man. One day he receives an offer: to work on a secret project about which he will not be able to leak any details, not even to his girlfriend Lily (Sonoya Mizuno), who works at the same company. Up to here we can anticipate that Devs, like the most surprising fictions, deserves to be experienced without knowing hardly any details.

Alex Garland, one of the most stimulating authors of science fiction and horror after signing movies like Annihilation either Ex Machina, presents a series as well built as the brutalist architecture that contributes to the atmosphere of the story. And, incidentally, he reflects on science fiction maxims without ever losing sight of the characters.

Koala Man

'Koala Man' or how Australian humor can travel.

‘Koala Man’ or how Australian humor can travel.

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One of the latest developments on the platform is this adult animated comedy set in an alternate reality in which the Titanic never sank. Consequently, the United States was destroyed, except for Hollywood, which is an island, and Australia is the first world power with Nicole Kidman as queen. In this context, the series follows Kevin Williams, a man who sells himself as a superhero, Koala Man, despite being ordinary. Is all of this crazy enough to grab the reader’s attention? Possibly yes.

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Ariana Grande has a supporting role in ‘Scream Queens’.

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Ryan Murphy, the author behind Glee, Popular, Nip/Tuck, American horror story, American crime story, The Politician, Ratched, Vigilante, Pose, 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Feud either Dahmer (yes, it has quite a few well-known series), signed on for a horror comedy in 2015. scream queens with Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer or even Ariana Grande and Jaime Lee Curtis, he had fun with the basics of the slasher at a university with extraordinarily class-minded students. It was a hysterical series with brilliant moments that, for reasons impossible to understand, never premiered in Spain until Disney+ has recovered it.

Anna

The worst thing that could happen to this series was to be released in a pandemic context.

The worst thing that could happen to this series was to be released in a pandemic context.

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Now what HBO plans to monopolize television conversation with The last of us, it is worth remembering the existence of Anna, a series that also poses the end of the world as we know it because of a virus. Written by Niccolò Ammaniti, who adapted his own novel, Anna Imagine a world ravaged by a virus that kills everyone who reaches adulthood. What remains of humanity, therefore, are lawless, violent and bewildering children and adolescents trying to survive in an otherwise beautiful world. Taking a look is essential.

The Orvilles

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The Orvilles – tv series

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Seth MacFarlane, the author behind Family Guy, sold The Orvilles as a kind of parody of the universe of star trek. The USS Orville, configured by different alien races, explores the universe. What is unexpected is that, between joke and joke, many consider it a better series of space adventures than the latest fictions of star trek.

Reservation Dogs

A promotional image for 'Reservation Dogs', produced by the FX channel.

A promotional image for ‘Reservation Dogs’, produced by the FX channel.

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New Zealand’s Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) understands the importance of claiming native culture and identity in colonized lands such as New Zealand or the United States. He is Maori. So he teamed with Sterlin Harjo, a Native American screenwriter, to create a dramedy about youth on a reservation in Oklahoma with up-and-coming talent like D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor. Everytime that Reservation Dogs does not compete for an award (and unfortunately it happens often), the American critics vociferate.

‘Atlanta’ and other cult series hidden in the Disney+ catalog