David Makes Man

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  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.5  (649)

David Makes Man is a drama television series aired on OWN in 2019, which follows the life of a 14-year-old boy David, played by Akili McDowell, who is struggling to find his way in the world. David lives in the poverty-stricken neighborhood called Homestead, located in South Florida, with his mother Gloria, played by Alana Arenas, who is a single parent and drug addict.

Through the eyes of David, the series explores the challenges faced by the Black community, such as poverty, violence, addiction, and mental illness. It features a cast of strong, complex, and multi-dimensional characters who are vividly portrayed by talented actors.

David is a gifted student who attends a magnet school for academically talented children, which presents a sharp contrast to his life outside of school. He is mentored by Dr. Woods-Trap, a science teacher who recognizes David's academic potential and encourages him to pursue his dreams. However, David's academic success puts him in conflict with his peers, who accuse him of acting white and ridicule him for his aspirations.

David's struggles are further complicated by his mother's addiction, which puts their fragile relationship under immense strain. Gloria is a complex and sympathetic character, who is haunted by her past and battles her addiction. She is fiercely protective of her son, but her addiction makes it hard for her to provide him with the support he needs.

To escape his challenging environment, David turns to his imagination, which is vividly portrayed in the series. His imagination is a refuge from the harsh reality of his life, where he creates a world of his own, with its own rules and logic. Through his imagination, David confronts the traumas of his past, such as the death of his best friend and his father's abandonment, and finds a way to deal with his emotions.

The series also explores David's relationships with his peers and community members. One of his closest friends is Seren, who is a transgender girl that faces discrimination and harassment from her peers. David's relationship with Seren is a poignant and sensitively portrayed, highlighting the importance of acceptance and empathy.

David also has a complicated relationship with Raynan, portrayed by Travis Coles, who is a drug dealer and a childhood friend. Raynan's presence in David's life represents the violence and danger that is inherent in his environment. Their relationship is fraught with tension and danger, as David tries to navigate between his loyalty to his friend and his desire for a better life.

The series is masterfully directed and expertly crafted. The cinematography is striking, with beautiful imagery that captures both the beauty and the harshness of the environment. The score is haunting and emotive, perfectly complementing the emotional depth of the series.

David Makes Man is a powerful and poignant series that explores the challenges faced by the Black community and the resilience and creativity of its members. It is a commentary on the struggles faced by young people in disadvantaged communities, highlighting the forces that shape their lives and the dreams that keep them going. With its impeccable performances and breathtaking direction, the series is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates great storytelling.

David Makes Man is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on August 14, 2019.

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Trouble the Water
10. Trouble the Water
August 24, 2021
David has a plan for the Ville, ending his arrangement with Joe Padilla. Trenise goes back home.
9. Homecoming
August 17, 2021
After enduring a tough day, JG learns that Trenise is missing. Meanwhile, David argues with his younger self about his priorities, and Gloria hears some hard truths from Robin.
Chaos is Come Again
8. Chaos is Come Again
August 10, 2021
David goes to his therapist, determined to have a conversation about his job. Dr. Halloway pushes him to confront his past.
No Atheists in Rabbit Holes
7. No Atheists in Rabbit Holes
August 3, 2021
David's development project hits a serious snag, and David is shocked to learn who is behind it. Plus, JG accepts some hard truths, and David reassesses his personal relationships.
6. Vizcaya
July 27, 2021
David and Seren revisit the past, and David announces his true plan for Homestead Village. JG reveals more about his perspective on the night he was shot.
My Own Best Friend
5. My Own Best Friend
July 20, 2021
David creates a plan to shift negative attention away from his redevelopment project, and it involves his brother. Plus, Nicole and David's relationship stalls.
Savage. Classy. Bougie. Ratchet.
4. Savage. Classy. Bougie. Ratchet.
July 13, 2021
Shella and David discuss his plans for The Ville, and David grows more concerned about Mx. Elijah. David and Marissa cross paths again, and Shella and JG share a sweet moment.
Y'all Gucci
3. Y'all Gucci
July 6, 2021
JG continues to recover as friends from his past offer support. Meanwhile, David continues to pursue his redevelopment project, and he's surprised by an unexpected protestor. Finally, David's therapist pushes for him to work through past trauma.
2. Hurston
June 29, 2021
Young David gets suspended at Hurston Prep after an altercation with one of his friends, and he returns home to find his mother has changed for the better. Plus, Adult David receives news about his brother.
Barrel of Oranges
1. Barrel of Oranges
June 22, 2021
David pitches a renovation project for Homestead Village to Joe Padilla, a billionaire. Later, tragedy strikes JG.
Where to Watch David Makes Man
David Makes Man is available for streaming on the OWN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch David Makes Man on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, OWN, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 14, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (649)