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Atlanta's new show: "Perimeter" on BET+

Donovan Christie Jr. and Ava Mone’t star in the new BET+ series "Perimeter" set in Atlanta in the 1990s. Photo: Courtesy of BET+

Donovan Christie Jr. and Ava Mone't star in the new BET+ series "Perimeter" set in Atlanta in the 1990s. Photo: Courtesy of BET+

The new TV series "Perimeter" blends hip-hop, drugs, politics, love and racism all against the backdrop of 1990s Atlanta.

Behind the scenes: The BET+ drama is directed by Armani Ortiz, who worked behind the camera for Tyler Perry's 2023 documentary, "Maxine's Baby."

Premise: "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's" Tatyana Ali plays Connie Dawn, a hairstylist and mother of Spelman College sophomore Paige Dawn (Ava Mone't), who's dating a drug dealer while Paige's father, Councilman Robert Dawn (Donovan Christie Jr.), throws his morals aside to become Atlanta's next mayor.

  • The story is told amid Atlanta's "Freaknik" event and its global Olympic spotlight.

What they're saying: "We pulled from everything possible — David Fincher … 'Reservoir Dogs' ... and some of our favorite films in terms of how we wanted [the series] edited and structured," Ortiz told Axios.

  • "My muse for this show was from Dante's 'Inferno': 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions'," Ortiz told the AJC.

Fun fact: The show's name references Interstate 285, which locals use to delineate the communities "Inside the Perimeter" (ITP) and "Outside the Perimeter" (OTP).

Watch: Four episodes are out now. No word yet on whether additional episodes will follow.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for Hulu's March 21 premiere of the Freaknik documentary.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that no episodes are presently expected beyond the four that are already out.

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