2020 felt like the year of the TV show. Across the globe, viewers searched for new originals and established classics as a means to escape the harsh realities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The top-ten original streamed shows of 2020 alone combined for 157.7 billion streamed minutes. That doesn't even include movies or re-watched shows (i.e. The Office), which had exponentially higher numbers.
For many people who were quarantined, finding a new show to binge on was the only thing to do. That was certainly the case for me. Like so many others, I watched a lot of good TV in 2020.
However, even with epic offerings from Netflix (Ozark, Narcos,TIGERKING), Disney+ (The Mandalorian), and Amazon Prime (The Boys, Hunters), I keep coming back to an FXX series that might just be my favorite.
Dave is the semi-autobiographical story of the rise of rapper Dave Burd, better known by his stage name, Lil Dicky.
In the show, Dave is an intelligent, neurotic, awkward white guy in his late-20's who has reached internet fame through a viral track titled "My Dick Sucks". He is determined to make it in the rap game at any cost.
Dave is an insanely gifted wordsmith with a flow that rivals some of the greatest rappers out there. His songs are satirical and more times than not self-deprecating.
He's like a mix between Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem... and it works.
Throughout the first season, Dave attempts to navigate the complex world of hip-hop while also trying to maintain the relationships in his life. In many cases, he falls flat in both areas.
The show is cast perfectly. Burd is essentially playing himself, so it's hardly "acting" with him. It feels more like the Truman Show than a comedy series. The same is true for his best friend and hype-man GaTa, also played by himself.
However, the supporting cast is just as incredible. Taylor Misiak plays Dave's girlfriend Ally, a school teacher just trying to find her way through a relationship with Dave.
Travis Bennett plays Burd's friend and producer Elliot "Elz", and Andrew Santino is Dave's roommate and Manager, Mike. The last of the main cast is Christine Ko who plays Emma, Ally's friend and Dave's graphic artist.
The show is so well done. On top of the excellent cast, it is witty, smart, and extremely well written with amazing character development.
At its core, "Dave" is a raunchy comedy heavy on the sex and genitalia jokes. It honestly includes what may be the funniest scene I've ever seen at the end of Episode Three, "Hypospadias". Just trust me on that.
However, it's not just shock-comedy. The show expertly explores some heavy topics such as mental health, self-esteem, friendship, relationships, and cultural appropriation. It's a show that has the potential to make you cry tears of laughter, happiness, and sadness, sometimes all in the same episode.
And now, after 14 long months, it's BACK!
The official season two trailer dropped through the realLil Dicky's YouTube page and includes a premiere date at the end.
That's right. In less than two weeks, on June 16th, season two of Dave will premiere on FXX.
The trailer gives insight into some of the themes for this season as well. After finally signing a major record deal to close season one, Dave appears to be living a life of luxury and is interacting with several celebrities (Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Benny Blanco, Doja Cat, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
Additionally, he is now taking his signature awkwardness into the dating world, struggling with writer's block, and trying to live up to the dreams he always envisioned that are now within his grasp.
That is some excellent material to explore, and I am giddy with anticipation for it.
As mentioned, Dave will premiere on FXX, but it will also be available on Hulu the next day. All ten episodes of season one are already streaming in on both FXX on Demand and Hulu.
You have two weeks to catch up, but what I can promise you is that once you watch one episode, you won't need all that time.
Before I Go
If you're like me before watching "Dave", you probably only know Lil Dicky by his popular songs like "Freaky Friday". In mainstream terms, the goofy and satirical stuff sells. However, watching Dave sent me down a Lil Dicky rabbit hole, and let me tell you, he is SO much more than that.
While you gear up to watch season two, check out some of my favorite, lesser-known freestyles and songs from Lil Dicky, some of which show his more serious side, and all of which show his insane talent. Get ready to have your mind blown.