Woke: Season 1 Reviews

September 15, 2020
The series' message feels convoluted at best and a bit lost at worst, unsure of whether to mock or champion Keef's newfound wokeness.
September 15, 2020
A frank conversation between Ayana and Clovis about relationships and sex is a midseason highlight but Woke also struggles to balance half-hour sitcom pacing with heavier issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 15, 2020
It's still unclear to me why it took the entire season to become fully invested in Keef. While I can't fault the performances, the discontinuity and lack of purposeful writing are where the series failed for me.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 9, 2020
Even as the show approaches twisted topics, it seems hesitant to take on a darker tone, which might serve the material better. The question it left me with is: Who is Woke meant to appeal to?
September 9, 2020
"Woke" has a serious spine, but the tone is light, even goofy, as a dramedy so caught up in what it thinks are teachable moments that it often doesn't succeed at either.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 9, 2020
Woke's execution of surreal imagery is also a miss due largely to stilted dialogue and tame usage; the animated portions of the show read like an afterthought and do nothing to challenge or propel Keef's understanding of race or his own trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 9, 2020
Woke doesn't just feel redundant, but ranklingly under-thought.
September 8, 2020
Woke very much has a message about the complications of being black in a place that can be fundamentally hostile to blackness itself. Sometimes, it gets that message across in clever ways, while at others it seems as confused or out of step as Keef is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 7, 2020
While the eight-episode Hulu series Woke satirizes the definitions of Blackness and artistic integrity, its inert discussions lead to few laughs.
September 2, 2020
The show is at odds with itself, drawing a mordantly funny vision of a person sent into disarray by his newly surfaced awareness of American racism and seeding it with broad and somewhat lazy sight gags.