David Makes Man is a show depicting the struggles of an African-American boy in an impoverished part of town. Similarly, woke shows like When They See Us, and Dear White People have made a platform for social issues like racism and poverty to be shown on-screen.
The Michael B. Jordan and Oprah Winfrey produced show is one of the best-received shows and has received critical acclaim from all over the world. With a 100% rating by Rotten Tomatoes, the series has wowed audiences. Why is the OWN drama considered an important show?
The show follows a troubled young boy as he struggles to cope with the pressures of adolescence and school.
He lived in The Ville projects and was born to a poor family. He has brothers and a dedicated and loving mother who hopes he will lift them out of the poverty line.
The pilot shows a 14-year David as he runs to reach his school but misses his bus. Later, the darker sides of his neighborhood come into play in his life.
Domestic violence, violence against women and children, poverty, and racism are some of the central issues discussed in the show.
Later on, his friend Sky’s death is revealed, which is also a plot turner, as David progresses through the story, he learns of even darker truths hidden behind Sky’s death. David is also manipulated into selling drugs for Raynan and his uncle.
David then sees a psychiatrist. Dr. Woods-Trap at his school, she tries to repair the relationship between him and Seren.
Gradually the show focuses on the darkness inspired by poverty and struggles as David’s mother loses her job after being inappropriately touched by her boss, Jay, at the diner.
The lead of the show is David, played by Akili McDowell. His character is the epitome of adversary and struggle.
He slowly deals with the ugly face of an impoverished upbringing, along with the death of his friend. McDowell shows maturity beyond his years in the role and has been heavily praised.
Alana Arenas is the on-screen mother, Gloria, of David and his brother JG. Gloria is a hardworking and dedicated mother, along with being the sole breadwinner in the family. Arenas show the resilience of a mother wanting a better life for her children in the show.
Acclaimed actress Phylicia Rashad plays the role of Dr. Woods-Trap. Rashad brings her dignified aura as an actress to the role and is a pivotal character on the show.
Sky is portrayed by Isaiah Johnson, and David struggles to cope with his death; the antagonist Raynan uses his death to manipulate the lead character into selling drugs.
OWN’s series David Makes Man has made waves in the TV show and series industry.
The show has also gathered excellent ratings from various platforms. IMDb has rated the show more 7/10, and each episode from the first season has been rated more than 8.2/10.
Similarly, the show has outdone itself after getting a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5/5 on Common Media.
The show has already been renewed for a second season, and it is likely the show will continue where it left off in the season finale of the first season.
In the finale, the mystery regarding the death of his friend Sky is finally revealed. His life and death are also intertwined with Raynan and the drug world in the neighborhood. David Makes Man might be released in August 2020.