Atlanta & 9 Other TV Shows Multiple Actors Broke Out


Almost everywhere you look these days you’ll see Zazie Beetz, LaKeith Stanfield and Brian Tyree Henry, all of whom first rose to fame in Atlanta. This trio has starred in superhero films, Oscar-nominated films, and several notable blockbusters since breaking out in the FX TV series.

That’s all not even including Donald Glover, the multi-talent who created the series. It’s rare for a show to produce so many breakout stars, but it happens more often than you might think. The shows themselves were as well received as the actors who became stars through them.


freaks and geeks

The cast of freaks and geeks in front of orange lockers

It’s difficult to find a show that has a longer lasting impact despite only lasting one season than freaks and geeks. Though quickly canceled, the series lived on through DVDs, streaming services, and in retrospect because of the incredible cast.

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For starters, the show was directed by Emmy-nominated Linda Cardellini, who appears in the MCU. There are also How I met your mother star Jason Segel, knocked open‘s Seth Rogen, Oscar nominee James Franco, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips, John Francis Daley and so many others. Even the guest stars often became leading men in Hollywood.

Orange is the new black

Orange are the new black inmates

One of the first big original hits for Netflix was Orange is the new black. The show, about the inmates of an all-women’s prison, was nominated for several major awards and helped launch a few stars. It also helped revitalize the careers of Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon, and Taryn Manning.

As for the new stars, Diane Guerrero, Samira Wiley, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Kimiko Glenn, Ruby Rose and Asia Kate Dillon have all come to life to name a few. You keep shining Doom Patrol, The Handmaid’s Tale, Peacemaker, Mrs. America, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Batwomanand billion, respectively. These roles have garnered impressive accolades for many of them.


The cast of Firefly for a promotional image

Except freaks and geeks, Firefly has a good case for being the most prominent show to be canceled after just one season. The show is so popular that nearly two decades after it ended, fans are still clamoring for another chance.

Firefly helped boost careers, initially on a smaller scale, when Adam Baldwin appeared in it lining and Summer Glau The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Others had more of a slow rise to stardom like Nathan Fillion lock and The beginnerand Alan Tudyk’s great voice work in things like Harley Quinn and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


the cast of friends

Considering the occupation of friends Made history by negotiating their deals and earning $1 million per episode for the past few seasons, it makes perfect sense that the show would spawn some well-known stars. Emmy nominee Jennifer Aniston, who has starred in top-notch films, is the biggest star of the bunch.

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The rest of the group are household names, and even when they haven’t appeared in blockbuster films, they have helmed their own shows. Lisa Kudrow had web therapyhad Courteney Cox Cougar Townand Matt LeBlanc had episodes, just to name a few. This is almost impossible to find in other series.


The only names in the community Cast members who were really established by the time the series premiered were Chevy Chase, Joel McHale, and maybe Ken Jeong. However, the cast has seemingly popped up everywhere since the series premiered.

As mentioned, Glover is a big star, McHale is hosting more shows than ever and a lot of them community Actors appear in the MCU. Alison Brie received an Emmy nomination for GLOWJim Rash is an Oscar winner and the rest of the study group has appeared in several major shows and films.

game of Thrones

Game of Thrones main characters

Although many of the cast members have done remarkable things since then game of Thrones ended, they will always be associated with the HBO series. That’s what happens when you’ve been a part of one of the greatest shows in history. You just can’t see these actors and think about theirs Have Characters.

For starters, the likes of Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, and Richard Madden have debuted or will be appearing in the massive MCU franchise. Young actors like Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are rising stars, while names like Nathalie Emmanuel and Jason Momoa have starred in billion-dollar films.

The good place

Jason, Eleanor, Tahani and Chidi stand together in The Good Place

When The good place premiered, pretty much everyone knew who Kristen Bell and Ted Danson were, as their stories on TV shows essentially made them kings of the small screen. In addition, the show launched four other notable careers.

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Jameela Jamil, who hadn’t acted until this show, was a scene thief and will soon be a part of it she hulk, while Manny Jacinto made an appearance in the episode Nine perfect strangers and Top Gun: Maverick. Meanwhile, D’Arcy Carden was a highlight and is on now barry and the coming A league of its own series, and William Jackson Harper directed a season of love life on HBO Max.

stranger things

Stranger Things season 4 cast

part of the appeal v stranger things When it came out, most of the cast, apart from adult actors like Winona Ryder, were unknown. That all changed years later when Millie Bobby Brown became a big star and Finn Wolfhard landed some big horror roles.

Joe Keery and Natalia Dyer have started getting bigger roles, and Maya Hawke has quickly become a breakout star. There’s also Sadie Sink, who directed a slasher trilogy on Netflix (street of fear), shone in a Taylor Swift short and has a highly anticipated role in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film, The whale.

The office

That’s often said The office has one of the largest ensemble casts in television history. Many of them played smaller roles than the few main characters, but even they have appeared everywhere. The obvious standouts from the cast to stardom are Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Rainn Wilson.

But it goes so much deeper. Ed Helms became a big deal in the Hangover Trilogy starring Rashida Jones Parks and RecreationCraig Robinson is a top comedian and Mindy Kaling has created some great TV shows including those on Netflix I have never. That’s not all either.


Earnest and Darius take a walk together in Atlanta

Atlanta has four leads and they’ve all done big things in Hollywood. Creator Donald Glover is an accomplished rapper who has also had roles in Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Lion King Remake, while Brian Tyree Henry recently starred Godzilla vs Kong and eternal.

LaKeith Stanfield’s performance as Darius is outstanding on the show and he did a great job Out, knives outand The harder they fall. Last but not least there was Zazie Beetz who was fantastic dead pool 2, jokerand The harder they fall.

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