Season five of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta aired on VH1 from April 4, 2016 until August 8, 2016.
The season was produced by Mona Scott-Young and Stephanie R. Gayle for Monami Entertainment, Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple, David DiGangi, Lashan Browning and Donna Edge-Rachell for Eastern TV, and Nina L. Diaz and Vivian Gomez for VH1. It consists of 18 episodes, including Exposed and Unfiltered, a two-part reunion special hosted by Nina Parker.
On March 8, 2016, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a fifth season on April 4, 2016. A 5-minute long "super-trailer" was released on March 28, 2016. This season featured an entirely new opening credits sequence. With the exception of Erica Dixon, who quit the show, all main cast members from the previous season returned. Tammy Rivera returned to the main cast after a season's absence, along with original cast member K. Michelle, who returned from the fourth episode "Blackmail". Although credited in every episode after that, Michelle appeared infrequently with no major storylines and barely interacted with the rest of the cast. Lyfe Jennings and Rasheeda's mother Shirleen Harvell joined the supporting cast, along with "momager" Karen "KK" King, her son Scrapp DeLeon, Scrapp's girlfriend Tommie Lee, his baby mama Tiarra Becca, Mimi's girlfriend Chris Gould, Grammy Award-winning songwriter D. Smith and her best friend Betty Idol. Kirk's daughter Kelsie Frost, Scrapp's brother Sas, radio personality J-Nicks and stripper Amber Priddy appeared in minor supporting roles.
D. Smith became the first openly transgender castmate in the show's history. Gould would reveal his identity as a trans man in an episode near the end of season. Several episodes featured public service announcements aimed to help viewers struggling with their gender identity. The fourteenth episode, "Confessions", set in Los Angeles, featured crossovers with Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood and K. Michelle: My Life, with guest appearances from cast members Lil Fizz, Nikki Mudarris and Jonathan Fernandez.
For the first time in the show's history, this season did not include a traditional reunion special filmed onstage in New York in front of a studio audience as with the previous seasons. Instead the cast filmed separately or in smaller groups at a mansion in Atlanta, GA, due to concerns for the cast and crew's safety after Joseline and Tommie's violent rivalry got police involved.
The season opens with the introduction of the King family, who are trying to hold everything together as one of their own, Scrapp DeLeon, faces long term jail time. Mimi shocks the girls with her new lover, Chris. Karlie is unsure about her relationship with Lyfe and suspects he may be keeping secrets from her. Scrappy and Joc are enjoying the bachelor life. Tammy is dealing with the fall-out from Waka's comments on the trans community when she encounters D. Smith and Betty Idol. Stevie J and Joseline return from their adventures in Hollywood on shaky ground.
The season, including the reunion's format, received mixed reviews from fans and critics, with writer Michael Arceneaux criticizing it for being "not up to par" due its focus on its new cast members "whose problems I didn’t care about".
Main and supporting cast members in order of appearances.
|Status||No. of episodes||Reunion?|
|Waka Flocka Flame||Supporting||2||No|
|Onscreen title||Status||No. of episodes||Reunion?|
|Shod Santiago||Tammy's friend||Guest||5||No|
|Taylor Hall||Scrappy's assistant||Guest||3||No|
|Chaz Gotti||Waka's friend||Guest||2||No|
|Fly Dantoni||Joseline's producer||Guest||1||No|
|Title||Original air date|| U.S. viewers|
|69||1||"Of Kings and Queens"||April 4, 2016||2.85|
|70||2||"Full Disclosure"||April 11, 2016||2.75|
|71||3||"Daddy's Home"||April 18, 2016||2.82|
|72||4||"Blackmail"||April 25, 2016||2.67|
|73||5||"Watch Your Back"||May 2, 2016||2.73|
|74||6||"Mother of All Problems"||May 8, 2016||1.75|
|75||7||"Playing With Fire"||May 16, 2016||2.85|
|76||8||"Common Ground"||May 23, 2016||2.79|
|77||9||"Free At Last"||May 30, 2016||2.29|
|78||10||"Final Goodbye"||June 6, 2016||2.69|
|79||11||"Mystery Solved"||June 20, 2016||2.72|
|80||12||"Lovers or Friends?"||June 27, 2016||2.71|
|81||13||"Funny Business"||July 4, 2016||1.87|
|82||14||"Confessions"||July 11, 2016||2.71|
|83||15||"Heart to Heart"||July 18, 2016||2.81|
|84||16||"Final Outcome"||July 25, 2016||2.64|
|85||17||"Exposed & Unfiltered – Part 1"||August 1, 2016||2.66|
|86||18||"Exposed & Unfiltered – Part 2"||August 8, 2016||2.46|
Promo videos Edit
- First Look (00:20) – released March 14, 2016.
- Overview (00:30) – released March 15, 2016.
- Super Trailer (05:39) – released March 30, 2016.
The following promotional videos are included in the digital bundles with the season.
- Meet the Cast (08:00) – interview with Tiarra, Karen, Tommie, D. Smith and Betty Idol.
- Why Watch (05:00) – interview with Mimi, Rasheeda and Karlie.
VH1.com also features:
- The Morning After (05:41) – interview with Mimi, Rasheeda and Karlie.
- Meet Tiarra (01:45) – interview with Tiarra.
- Meet Karen "KK" King (02:11) – interview with Karen.
- Meet Tommie (02:07) – interview with Tommie.
- Meet D. Smith & Betty Idol (03:11) – interview with D. Smith and Betty Idol.
- Tammy Rivera Returns (01:35) – interview with Tammy.
- Rasheeda + Karlie's Store Tours (04:57) – interview with Rasheeda and Karlie.
- Has Rasheeda Given Up on Music? (01:22) – interview with Rasheeda.
- Mimi's Got A New Boo (01:36) – interview with Mimi.
- Tammy & Betty Idol's Fight Explained (01:27) – interview with Tammy.
- D. Smith Brings Transgender Awareness to the Forefront (03:37) – interview with D. Smith.
- Love Battles: Tiarra Vs. Tommie (01:01) – interview with Tommie and Tiarra.
- Tammy Isn't Here for D. Smith (01:02) – interview with Tammy.
- Reality TV Friendship + Loyalty Defined (01:07) – interview with Karlie, Karen, Betty Idol, D. Smith and Tommie.
- KK's American Crime Story (03:15) – interview with Karen.
- Karlie Redd & All Her Men (02:34) – interview with Karlie.
- Joseline Needs Mimi's Help (01:31) – interview with Mimi.
- Tommie's Type of Man (00:41) – interview with Tommie.
- Karen King Addresses Sas' Shooting (02:02) – interview with Karen.
- Erica Dixon Discusses Life After Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (12:50) – interview with Erica Dixon.
Check Yourself: Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and bonus scenes were released weekly with every episode.
|Love & Hip Hop seasons|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ||
|Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8|
|Chrissy & Mr. Jones | 1 | 2|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6|
|K. Michelle: My Life | 1 | 2 | 3|
|Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood | 1|
|Leave It to Stevie | 1 | 2|
|Love & Hip Hop: Miami | 1 | 2|
|Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies | 1|