David Makes Man

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David Makes Man: Season 1 episodes (10)

1 David's Sky
A young David races from his home at The Ville (a Housing Project) just in time to miss his school bus. David finally arrives at school where he transforms into a class clown and sees his best friend Seren, who is distressed at the sight of his stepfather, Mr. Kelly.David and Seren enter the class of Dr. Woods-Trap. When Seren’s oral presentation is met with enthusiasm, David whispers something charged into Seren’s ear. Stung by his words, Seren strikes David. Upon arriving home, David is given an ultimatum by Raynan, the neighborhood badass. David tells his mother, Gloria, about his fight with Seren, and she unravels. He then delivers babysitting money to Ms. Elijah. Later, at Raynan’s request, David is the lookout for The Ville, but he reminds his younger brother JG that Raynan is not trustworthy. David later laments to Sky.The next day at school, David spots Seren covered in bruises, and David talks to Sky about it. Their conversation leads to a deeper revelation about Sky.
2 Dai Out
David and JG prepare to visit JG’s grandfather Saul and Raynan insists on joining them. David and Raynan then visit the house of Raynan’s uncle Tio Teo where the two reminisce about Sky. Tio Teo reveals to David that he wants David to participate in a bigger operation at The Ville. The subject of Sky comes up, and Tio Teo laughs at David’s insistence that Sky never wanted him to move drugs. Sky was, he says slyly, a dealer himself. Later at the block party, Raynan hands David his bookbag, now filled with drugs, to take back to The Ville, and David is dumbstruck by Raynan’s ulterior motives. Feeling as if he cannot say no, he takes it home. When he arrives at The Ville, he delivers the bag to Shinobi (Jordan Bolger) who happens upon David’s one-sided interaction with a nonvisible Sky. Finally, David enters his home just before his mother arrives to wake him up for school.
David meets with Dr. Bree, the county-approved clinical psychiatrist. David walks Dr. Bree through his last 24 hours, with his imagined alter egos sitting behind him, revealing his true feelings. He starts his story in Dr. Woods-Trap’s class who assigned Seren to be David’s project partner. They enter Seren’s home in the suburbs, where David sees that Seren is fearful of his mother. David and Seren chat about girls, their biological fathers, and compare their parents’ styles of discipline. Meanwhile, at The Ville, Ms. Elijah watches as Shinobi and Raynan are arrested. The next day at school, David gives a presentation about his mom and 17-year-old Gloria appears through a flashback confronting David’s father, who denies paternity. Enraged, Gloria insists that she will raise David herself. When David finishes recounting his day to Dr. Bree, she inquires as to why David didn’t choose to focus on his late friend Sky instead. David’s answer reveals more about his relationship with Sky.
4 Gloria
This week an all new episode of David Makes Man.
5 Love
Marissa and David get ready for school at their respective homes. Marissa dresses the way her mother forces her and David and JG find their mother Gloria in an overly positive state. At school, David asks Marissa to the school dance, but she declines and asks Seren instead. David has another session with Dr. Bree, who offers David a prescription for sleep medication. Following his school day, David sees Sky and they enter a fantasy sequence. David is jolted back to reality by Shinobi and the other corner boys, who make fun of him. David ultimately asks Tare to the dance. At the dance, David feels uneasy about his two worlds colliding and Tare accuses David of being embarrassed by her. Sky helps David apologize to Tare, and David walks Tare to her door. When David finally arrives home feeling good, he is alarmed to discover a “rent past due” notice nailed to the door.
6 When It All Falls
We see a pre-Ville Raynan at an upper-class high school. Following Sky’s death, any semblance of Raynan’s preppy self is gone. He is no longer an outsider at The Ville, but rather its center of gravity.Gloria arrives at the unemployment office, but she is turned away because she doesn’t have a Social Security card. Upon arriving home, Raynan gives her something to help with her hip pain. Later, JG sells his sneakers to help pay the rent but when the money disappears, Gloria is back to square one. She later sells the drugs provided by Raynan to a fellow addict for rent money. To help with his family’s financial issues, David visits Dr. Bree and steals his prescription pad as a means of obtaining drugs to sell.
7 Son of Man
Raynan and David discuss Dr. Bree’s prescription pad and how to avoid the pharmacist reporting them to the police. The following morning, David watches Seren sing at church. Upon arriving at The Ville with Seren’s mother and stepfather, Gloria invites Seren to join them for Halloween, and Ms. Elijah dresses him in a Victor/Victoria costume. Later, David spots Desmond, and he is brought back to the night he witnessed Sky’s murder. He then approaches Shinobi and Raynan and it’s clear that David has finally agreed to participate in their operation. Seren later leaves with Mr. and Mrs. Kelly, who are shocked to see his costume. Elsewhere, Shinobi and Ms. Elijah share a night of passion. Shinobi tells Ms. Elijah about his plan with the prescription pad, and she offers to help in exchange for 20% of the sales. Finally, David takes on his position as heir apparent to The Ville to fill Sky’s shoes. His decision is made.
8 Bubble House
This week an all new episode of David Makes Man.
9 Some I Love Who Are Dead
More about Raynan's home life is revealed, Gloria exposes a disturbing secret about her childhood, and Seren takes off. Phylicia Rashad also stars as David's teacher Dr. Woods-Trap.
10 3 Son's Sky
Four months earlier, Sky and Shinobi discuss the death of Shinobi’s sister, and Sky advises him to get out of the game and be with his family. Their conversation is interrupted by news that Raynan was in a car accident. When Sky rushes to Raynan’s side, a fight ensues, and the details of Sky’s death are then revealed. In present day, David, JG, and Gloria arrive back at The Ville where Tare blames David for Willie Derek’s death. Shinobi warns David about Desmond, and David appeals to Mx. Elijah for help. Tio Teo ultimately fires Raynan and demands to know the truth. Meanwhile, Mrs. Kelly accuses David of knowing Seren’s whereabouts. David tells her what he knows about Seren’s disturbing home life. The following morning, Tio Teo interrogates Shinobi about his work with Desmond. Later, Tio Teo makes a decision about Desmond. David enjoys a newfound peace now that he’s out of Raynan and Tio Teo’s grip. He stares forward looking at something that triggers the ringing in his ears.

About this show

Academy Award®-winning writer/producer Tarell Alvin McRaney (Moonlight) is the creator and executive producer of David Makes Man, alongside fellow executive producers Mike Kelley & Melissa Loy (Revenge) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed). David Makes Man is a coming-of-age drama that follows David, who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. A 14-year-old prodigy from the projects, David must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, this lyrical drama is inspired by events in McRaney’s own life and it explores the precarious balance needed for the making of a man.
22 reviews
Jean Luc Pressoir
July 7, 2020
After watching the movie, Moonlight this show David Makes Man brings the react story for someone to explores the difficulties growing up with figuring their sexuality and identity. I have a good life with family and friends, even where I live except I got a huge secret
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July 1, 2021
The writing and the acting is wonderful. It makes you think and it's so unpredictable. I am tired of predictable television and this show is very refreshing!
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Kara Walsh
June 20, 2020
Everything about this show has only evolved into something more interesting. I can't wait to find out what happens in season 2!
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