Tha Life Atlanta offers it's second installment of a glimpse into lives of African American men who live in Atlanta, the black gay mecca. The first episode, which was more of a teaser appeared back in 2011, but failed to garner enough attention as viewers couldn't connect with the characters. Created by lawyer Dr. George Smith, the scripted-reality show follows the lives of Chuck--his boyfriend Dean, Alex, Brodney, Marcel, former porn star Mehran, and of course George.
All of the members of the original cast have been replaced, which of course would be expected when it failed as much as it did. The second installment is more watchable, but doesn't offer anything new or exciting. It follows George's move to Atlanta, as he moves his practice there in hopes of expanding his brand. After his arrival we are introduced to the rest of the cast members which include the typical stereotypes: the whore, a former porn star, the sugar daddy, the DL thug who can't decide if he wants ass or pussy, the ugly queen who thinks he's cuter than he really is, the heartbroken romantic, the guy who doesn't respect anyone's relationship, and the eclectic homo.
In this episode George runs into quite the problem when two of the men he's been dating meet, and the drama unfolds. In his mind, “When you meet a guy in Atlanta for dating purposes and you can stay with him for 30 days you’re doing great. If you guys can last for 60 days it’s almost a miracle. And, if you get to 90 days you’ve reached a Holy grail! You’ve been married for 5 years in heterosexual years.”
Tha Life is predictable, but still entertaining. The problem is that like majority of these gay shows, it lacks depth, and is so stereotypical from the characters, to the pajama party which no grown man should ever attend, down to the city in which it is filmed. Also I don't know what it is about George, but there is something extra shady about his entire persona. Despite it's flaws it will be interesting to see if the new cast filled with younger gentlemen--attracts a faithful audience, who will want to follow this online series with the plethora of gay black drama, comedy, and reality series already being produced. I wonder if in the future he'll be looking to branch out into other cities, considering it's called Tha Life: Atlanta?
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