A hip-hop tragedy wrapped in a sly comedy, “Atlanta” (9 p.m., FX) returns for its second helping. The new episodes are thematically linked as “Robbin’ Season,” involving petty and sometimes violent bouts of burglary, shoplifting and holdups.
Donald Glover stars as Earn Marks, the brilliant Princeton dropout reduced to couch surfing when he’s not camping out in a storage garage. His attempts to manage his cousin “Paper Boi” (Brian Tyree Henry) and his music career put both in contact with petty grifters, as well as slick music management companies. An omnivorous appetite for drugs puts Paper Boi in any number of precarious situations.
In the season opener, Earn’s efforts to keep his uncle out of trouble puts him in danger of violating his parole and of being bitten by an alligator. Worse, proximity to his uncle’s unraveled life and unused potential and intelligence reminds Earn a little too much of his own squandered chances.
Marinated in marijuana, the dramatic action in “Atlanta” doesn’t so much move forward as drift. You can’t get a contact high from this show, but you