David Makes Man: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
David Makes Man

Critics Consensus

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: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 11
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Air date: Aug 14, 2019
Air date: Aug 21, 2019
Air date: Aug 28, 2019
Air date: Sep 4, 2019

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Critic Reviews for David Makes Man Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

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

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…

The story of David is pretty complex all by itself; with some of McRaney's artistic flourishes, though, he really brings the viewer into the mind of David, who really wants to break out of his situation but is scared he never will.

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

[David Makes Man] has the potential to grow into a compelling work of television.

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It offers haunting themes, the impact of abuse and trauma, which is shown through David's dreams, waking reveries and imagination. While the latter is the most challenging aspect of the series, it's also what makes "David Makes Man" distinct.

Aug 14, 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…

McCraney and his collaborators do a superb job of etching in these different communities and the people in them, and of getting us to want to protect David in a way he'd be afraid to ask anyone in his own life to do.

Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The rhapsodic and dreamy timbre of Moonlight, the film that won the Best Picture Oscar in 2017, comes to life again in David Makes Man, a gorgeous, attention-grabbing new series on the OWN Network.

Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 88/100 | Full Review…

David Makes Man transcends expectations. It transcends genre. It just... transcends.

Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 9.6/10 | Full Review…

It functions more like a scrappy arthouse film that is more concerned with creating complex characters than tying together cyclical, serialized storylines, making it different from any other show on television right now.

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for David Makes Man: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    What an amazing first episode. It is deep, rich, and complex.
  • 3d ago
    An absolutely great eye opening show that gives teens and adults a better understanding of what some kids go through in the country.
  • 6d ago
    So f*cking incredible. Must watch this masterpiece.

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