By Dave B.
Dave is the fictional account of real-life rapper Lil Dicky’s (Dave Burg) journey to prove he’s the best rapper alive. With his eccentric group of friends, Dave awkwardly navigates the rap world while coming to grips with his insecurities. But as Lil Dicky’s fame and success grow, he finds himself struggling to find a balance between his personal life and his dreams.
I was initially hesitant to watch Dave. The premise just didn’t seem particularly interesting to me. But a friend suggested it and I promised to give the show a chance. I ended up accidentally binge watching the entire season in a night. Dave isn’t perfect, but it has moments where it’s truly hilarious and it contains a surprising amount of depth when dealing with the various relationships of the characters or issues such as mental health. At times, Dave is genuinely moving.
That said, Dave can also be terribly unfocused and uneven. There are times when its humor is so juvenile and disgusting that the show can be uncomfortable to watch. Dave is strong when Lil Dicky is having genuine interactions with his friends in slightly absurd situations. But there are instances where the character Lil Dicky is excessively self-centered and fundamentally unlikeable due to a lack of self-awareness. Given that one of the bases of Lil Dicky’s actual career is based on self-awareness and self-deprecation, the times where he is an oblivious jerk feel as if they happen solely to advance the plot instead of feeling organic. This leads to the show being tonally discordant, at times.
But overall, Dave is one of the more pleasant surprises that I’ve had since I started doing reviews. It’s ribald humor certainly is not for everyone, so my recommendation is not wide-ranging. But I do recommend it, nonetheless. Many of those who give this show a chance will find themselves drawn into Lil Dicky’s quest to be the world’s greatest rapper. Despite my initial reluctance to give Dave a chance, I’m looking forward to Season 2.
Service: Hulu (FX)
Approx. Episode Length: 25 Minutes
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