5 Reasons to Drop Everything and Binge Atlanta, According to Star Brian Tyree Henry

Atlanta Show Lead
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It's official: FX's freshman series Atlanta has been one of the breakout hits of the fall TV season. We were all so intrigued by the concept and, clearly, the rest of the country was too because the show has been pulling in strong ratings ever since its debut episode in early September. The series (which already has a second season order) follows Donald Glover as Earn Marks, a young Atlanta native navigating the learning curve of adulthood, including co-parenting a young daughter with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Van (played by Zazie Beetz) and wheeling and dealing with his cousin Alfred (portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry) and offbeat friend Darius (played by Keith Stanfield).

As much as we love Earn and all his hilariously awkward quirks, the character who has surprisingly won us over is Earn's cousin Alfred, a burgeoning rapper (known on the scene as Paper Boi) who is finally gaining a little traction in the local music game. Everything about him is so distinctly Atlanta, from his Southern vernacular to his uniform of crisp tennis shoes, jean shorts, and polo shirts. But our favorite characteristic? The seriously funny guy is unapologetically real.

We wanted to dive a little deeper into Alfred's character so we went straight to the source. We caught up with Henry, who shared the behind-the-scenes scoop about one of our favorite new shows. Read on for the five reasons Henry thinks you need to binge the show now and remember: We're just under a week away from the finale, so if you're late to the game and still haven't tuned in, you have a few days to get up to speed before the season's finale episode Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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Henry felt an instant connection to his character, Alfred

Henry felt an instant connection to his character, Alfred
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"I was drawn to Alfred because he allows me to walk through life in a way that I normally don't get a chance to. You know, I usually have to be a little bit reserved and keep my wits about myself. But with Alfred, he gets to just be who he is, unapologetically. I really love that."

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He's a master of the unique Atlanta accent

He's a master of the unique Atlanta accent
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"My father was born and raised in Kentucky and I lived in North Carolina, and then I lived in Atlanta as well, so it was something that I always had in me."

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He thinks the show portrays the real Atlanta

He thinks the show portrays the real Atlanta
Guy D'Alema/FX

"That's one thing about our show—we're not going to hide any of the real facets of Atlanta. This is how we talk, this is what we do, this is how we move, this is how we communicate."

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He loves the relationship between the show's three main characters

He loves the relationship between the show's three main characters
Guy D'Alema/FX

"I just like the rapport that this show is bringing with this brotherhood and this kinship with these three black men. I've never really seen anything like it before and I was so excited to show these relationships."

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His musical co-stars helped him channel his inner rapper

His musical co-stars helped him channel his inner rapper
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"The thing I love about the both of them is that they are so comfortable with who they are. Donald is one of the most amazing lyricists. His wordplay boggles my mind. And Keith is so passionate about music and I love that."

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