David Makes Man: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
David Makes Man

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Powerful, beautiful, and like nothing else on TV, David Makes Man blends dreamy aesthetics with an empathetically crafted story to create a truly unique viewing experience.



Critic Ratings: 23


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User Ratings: 59

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Air date: Aug 14, 2019

Wanting to do well at school, David ends up in an altercation with his best friend, Seren. At home, David acts as a neighborhood lookout at the request of Raynan, and David's mom, Gloria, leans on him. The truth about David's friend Sky is revealed.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2019

David and his little brother JG visit JG's grandfather in Overtown, and they are joined by Raynan. Later, Raynan and David visit Raynan's uncle Tio Teo, who wants David to participate in a drug operation.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2019

David walks the school's county-approved clinical psychiatrist through his day, including his class presentation which helps repair his relationship with Seren and reveals more about his mother Gloria's journey as a single mother.

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Air date: Sep 4, 2019

Gloria is fired from her work; Raynan tells David that he can't escape from his responsibilities.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2019

Gloria gets involved with her sons' lives; David goes to the school dance with his crush; Sky talks to David about talking to girls.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2019

Gloria's dire financial straits hits another roadblock, and David devises a plan.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2019

Raynan and David discuss their new plan; Seren attends Halloween at "The Ville," and unlikely romantic connections reveal themselves.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2019

Seren goes missing. Raynan and Desmond get arrested. The Ville prepares for an oncoming hurricane. Also: More about Sky's death; and a young life ends in tragedy.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2019

Raynan's home life comes out in the open; Gloria shares an alarming secret from her childhood.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2019

It's revealed how Sky died after a visit from Shinobi, a fight with Raynan and a tender moment with David. David appeals to Mx. Elijah for help in exiting the drug operation. Later, Tio Teo demands the truth about Desmond and David from Raynan.

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Critic Reviews for David Makes Man Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

The surrealism of David Makes Man channels McCraney's out-of-body experiences to wrenching, lyrical effect: Even when the show ends, the quiet grace of its protagonist hovers over the viewer.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Right from the start, there's a distinct rhythm that'll hook you; a tonal confidence that's as rhapsodic as it can be calm.

Mar 12, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

They reveal how the journey from childhood to manhood can be both harsh and exhilarating in one of the most original and riveting TV shows this year.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Along with McDowell's disarming vulnerability, these lyrical passages give David specificity and dimension.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

McCraney's gift as a storyteller is to get inside the pressures faced by young, specifically young black men and enable the audience to intimately understand why David makes the choices that he does...

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Lyrical drama has mature content, great beauty.

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Deeply personal... it's a unique kind of story that I don't think we've seen told in quite this way.

Dec 31, 2019 | Full Review…

David Makes Man wears its emotions openly and presents them to the audience through a gorgeous lens.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the best things about David Makes Man is how it gives us access to the inner thoughts of its characters, often through their daydreams, but also though imaginary figures or even scrawling text on the screen.

Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…


Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Simply wonderful and stirring.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

David Makes Man has growing pains. But at its best, it's a beautiful coming-of-age story about a black teenager, the people who want him to live up to all his promise, and a country that doesn't seem to have room for him.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for David Makes Man: Season 1

  • Feb 23, 2020
    I enjoy watching it. It is something I can see occurring and feel the struggle of the characters.
  • Nov 06, 2019
    This show was OUTSTANDING. I binged the entire season in one night...could not stop watching. It will suck you in and make you care for the characters and their struggles. I highly recommend you give this show a chance. The acting is first-rate by performers you may have never heard of before.
  • Oct 31, 2019
    Exceptional and innovative. Despite some clunky moments the cast shines and makes good use of the excellent, deeply emotive material.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Dope show! Raw, authentic and beautifully shot. Looking forward to Season 2!
  • Oct 22, 2019
    If you dont get the way this show delivers you are lucky enough to have never suffered PTSD or anxiety or the struggles of a mother, father, community working to keep their young safe and moving in the right direction no matter how difficult the path , no matter how tempting what seems like easy money will always come at a price. A very acurate portrayal... the reality is this was someones reality which many can relate to but not voice... well done on an amazing production
  • Oct 17, 2019
    Beautifully crafted. Lyrical. Thought provoking. David draws you into his word and into his dreams...
  • Oct 10, 2019
    "David Makes Man" should be doing a heck of a lot better in the other tv ratings (as of 10/10/2019). It is a spectacular series, and Akili McDowell in the title role has to be seen to be believed. So does Alana Arenas who plays David's mom. The sides I've seen to all the other characters leave me wanting to know more about them. I am fully invested in everyone's story.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    Great coming of age story of a boy trying to be successful while living in the Ghetto.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    If you liked Moonlight, then you'll love this. If you hate vague and unexplained scenes, this may not be the show for you. The show wants to speak on black masculinity and code-switching but lacks the understanding to deliver on promises.
  • Sep 28, 2019
    If you´re interestedanother silly, nonsense, cheap, plagiarizing lgbt brainwashing, Enjoy!

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