Dave (stylized as DAVE) is an American sitcom that premiered on FXX on March 4, 2020. It was co-created by rapper/comedian Dave Burd (known by his stage name "Lil Dicky"), who plays the titular character, and Jeff Schaffer.[1] Kevin Hart and Greg Mottola form part of the production team. Lil Dicky's real-life hype man, GaTa, co-stars as himself.[2] On May 11, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 16, 2021.[3][4] On February 17, 2022, FXX renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on April 5, 2023.[5][6] On February 1, 2024, the series was canceled after three seasons.[7]

Dave
Genre
Created by
Starring
Opening theme
"Hi, I'm Dave"
by
  • Dave Burd
  • Jasper Lee Harris
  • Jahnei Clarke
Composers
  • Henry Kwapis
  • Jack Karaszewski
  • Jasper Harris
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Chris Smirnoff
  • Melanie Elin
  • Corey Omer
CinematographyBrian Lannin
Running time24–32 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFXX
ReleaseMarch 4, 2020 (2020-03-04) –
May 31, 2023 (2023-05-31)

Premise edit

The series stars a fictionalized version of Lil Dicky, a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he's destined to be one of the best rappers of all time.[8]

Cast edit

Main edit

  • Dave Burd as David "Dave" Burd / "Lil Dicky", an aspiring rapper from suburban Philadelphia.
  • Taylor Misiak as Ally Wernick, a kindergarten-turned-high school teacher, Dave's girlfriend/ex-girlfriend.
  • GaTa as Davionte "GaTa" Ganter, Dave's on-stage hype man and a rapper, who lives with bipolar disorder.
  • Andrew Santino as Mike, Dave's roommate and later manager.
  • Travis "Taco" Bennett as Elliot "Elz", Dave's childhood friend, a sound engineer, producer, and DJ.
  • Christine Ko as Emma Wu, Ally's roommate and friend, as well as Dave's graphic designer and former coworker.

Recurring edit

  • Gina Hecht as Carol Burd, Dave's mom.
  • David Paymer as Don Burd, Dave's dad.
  • Carlease Burke as Catherine Ganter, GaTa's aunt and adoptive mother.
  • Benny Blanco as himself, Dave's friend and producer.
  • T.K. Carter as Cliff (season 3), Dave's driver on his "Looking for Love" tour.
  • Chloe Bennet as Robyn (season 3), a photographer and Dave's love interest who he meets in Wisconsin.
  • Inga Cadranel as Ava (season 3), Dave's new publicist and later Mike's girlfriend.
  • Rachel McAdams as herself (season 3),[9] a popular "movie star" whom Dave befriends.

Guest appearances edit

Dave features many celebrity cameos and guest appearances.[10][11]

Episodes edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110March 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)April 29, 2020 (2020-04-29)
210June 16, 2021 (2021-06-16)August 11, 2021 (2021-08-11)
310April 5, 2023 (2023-04-05)May 31, 2023 (2023-05-31)

Season 1 (2020) edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"The Gander"Greg MottolaDave Burd and Jeff SchafferMarch 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)XXLD010010.292[12]
Dave meets GaTa and tries to get YG on one of his songs.
22"Dave's First"Greg MottolaYamara TaylorMarch 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)XXLD010020.220[12]
Dave's first live performance is at a memorial for a 10-year old fan; Dave struggles with comparisons to other white rappers.
33"Hypospadias"Greg MottolaDave BurdMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)XXLD010030.163[13]
Dave and Ally have intimacy issues and the origin of the Lil Dicky moniker is examined.
44"Somebody..."Tony YacendaLuvh RakheMarch 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)XXLD010040.199[14]
Mike starts to manage Dave as a side hustle. Dave gets sick after sharing a joint with Young Thug at a party Emma invited them to. GaTa introduces Elz to Trippie Redd.
55"Hype Man"Tony YacendaSaladin PattersonMarch 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)XXLD010060.210[15]
Dave hires GaTa as his hype man and prepares to open for Meek Mill in Philadelphia. In several flashbacks, GaTa is shown to have severe mood issues, and eventually confesses to Dave, Mike, and Elz that he has bipolar disorder and is on medication.
66"Talent Shows"Andrew DeYoungDave BurdApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)XXLD010070.167[16]
Dave, GaTa, Mike, and Elz stay in Dave's parents' house in Philadelphia. Dave invites his old camp friends but comes to a realization about their true intentions with help from Elz. In several flashbacks, a young Dave performs at his summer camp and pinpoints that moment as when he started believing in himself.
77"What Wood You Wear?"Andrew DeYoungAlex RussellApril 8, 2020 (2020-04-08)XXLD010050.130[17]
Emma's car is broken into after spending the night with Elz, who spends the day babysitting Trippie Redd's nephew. GaTa figures out that Emma and Elz have been hooking up, leading to Emma denying it and hurting Elz's feelings. Emma later apologizes to Elz at a silent disco he was DJing for and the two make up.
88"PIBE"Andrew DeYoungMax SearleApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)XXLD010080.295[18]
Dave and Mike meet with labels about a record deal, and Dave later meets Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco. At a house party of Bieber's, Dave becomes acquainted with Kourtney Kardashian. Ally and Elz watch a football game together at a bar before crashing the house party, where Elz starts a fight with Marshmello.
99"Ally's Toast"Ben SinclairVanessa McGeeApril 22, 2020 (2020-04-22)XXLD010090.237[19]
Dave accompanies Ally to her sister's wedding in the Napa Valley. Dave fails to be mentally and emotionally present for Ally while he is distracted by a potential career move. Dave eventually accuses Ally of having no ambition, and the two break up before Dave returns to Los Angeles alone.
1010"Jail"Tony YacendaDave BurdApril 29, 2020 (2020-04-29)XXLD010100.213[20]
Dave wants his label to put out a long, offensive track as his first single; Mike and the label both disagree, and he decides to go on The Breakfast Club in New York City to leak the track. Dave finally heeds his friends' advice and decides to rap live on the show instead, earning the respect of Charlamagne tha God.

Season 2 (2021) edit

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overall
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season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"International Gander"Jake SchreierLee Sung JinJune 16, 2021 (2021-06-16)XXLD020010.180[21]
Dave, Mike, GaTa, and Dave's intern Dan are making a video with CL in South Korea. Dave posts a picture with CL on Instagram, but GaTa photobombs while holding a joint, not knowing that marijuana is a heavily controlled substance in the country. Dan is taken off the train by police while holding Dave's backpack with his laptop while the foursome try to contact CL to apologize, and the rest try to track him down. A heated confrontation in the police station reveals that Dave's laptop has no songs.
122"Antsy"Ben SinclairLuvh RakheJune 16, 2021 (2021-06-16)XXLD020020.164[21]
Dave, Mike, and GaTa return to a Los Angeles home provided by the record label. A creator's block-saddled Dave attends Elz' birthday party, where he is expecting to see Ally for the first time since their breakup. Dave ultimately does not see Ally, but brings a woman home later.
133"The Observer"Ben SinclairMax SearleJune 23, 2021 (2021-06-23)XXLD020040.163[22]
Dave's immature bromance with Benny Blanco leads to an uncomfortable conversation with GaTa about white privilege. Mike attempts to find the source of a note left on his trash bin and film the offender. Dave pays a visit to Ally.
144"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar"Kitao SakuraiBiniam BizunehJune 30, 2021 (2021-06-30)XXLD020050.130[23]
Dave attempts to nail an interview with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after the latter is confused about a joke in one of the former's music videos. Mike takes on a duo of TikTokers as clients. GaTa has an audition.
155"Bar Mitzvah"Ben SinclairDave BurdJuly 7, 2021 (2021-07-07)XXLD020060.152[24]
Dave and Elz, who have grown apart, are at odds during a Bar Mitzvah performance. GaTa's car is towed after a hookup and he is forced to wander Los Angeles looking for a place to charge his phone so he can track it down. Dave and Elz are kicked out of the Bar Mitzvah after encouraging the kids to loosen up, but GaTa saves the day by including the kids in an impromptu performance outside the house.
166"Somebody Date Me"Tayarisha PoeAlex RussellJuly 14, 2021 (2021-07-14)XXLD020030.165[25]
Dave is distracted during a visit from his parents after matching with Doja Cat on a dating app and texting her all day.
177"Ad Man"Tony YacendaApril ShihJuly 21, 2021 (2021-07-21)XXLD020070.166[26]
Dave has trouble building up confidence freestyling for the XXL Freshman Class, and his past working in an advertising agency with Emma is explored as the latter also tries to work out her professional identity.
188"The Burds"Tony YacendaVanessa McGeeJuly 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)XXLD020080.124[27]
The record label kicks Dave and Mike out of the Hollywood Hills house they have been residing in after finding out Dave has made no progress on his album. Dave and Mike move in with Dave's parents, who bicker constantly, and Dave's attempt to fix the situation makes it even worse. Dave's mom tells him to stop being so selfish, causing him to break down after realizing he knows nothing about his parents. Meanwhile, Mike finds a song Dave wrote for Ally following their breakup and wants it on the album to demonstrate Dave's growth as an artist. Dave ultimately shows the song to Ally in a bid to reunite after realizing their breakup is the source of his creator's block, but is rejected and leaves despondent.
199"Enlightened Dave"Kitao SakuraiLuvh Rakhe & Lee Sung JinAugust 4, 2021 (2021-08-04)XXLD020090.105[28]
Dave goes to Rick Rubin's house and meets Biff Wiff and Atoms (Ben Sinclair), supposed assistants of Rubin's who have Dave spend time in a sensory deprivation tank. Dave has multiple hallucinations featuring his friends and a bald, naked version of himself. After the duo inadvertently leave Dave in the tank too long and he nearly drowns, Dave is inspired and he runs as quickly as he can to record new music.
2010"Dave"Alma Har'elDave BurdAugust 11, 2021 (2021-08-11)XXLD020100.152[29]
GaTa leaves his house after finding out his mother is putting his younger sister on the mortgage. Dave runs into a problem when Ariana Grande releases a surprise album the same day he releases his album, causing it to chart lower than it would. GaTa attempts to tell Dave that he isn't appreciating his success enough - that the album is charting, and he has an upcoming performance at the VMA's, but Dave is unfazed. A second confrontation with GaTa leads to a fight with GaTa calling out Dave's privilege and that he always sticks up for him regardless. Dave ultimately shares the VMA stage with GaTa as his equal and the two later tour together under the name "Dave" - also short for GaTa's first name, Davionte.

Season 3 (2023) edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
211"Texas"Brian LanninLuvh Rakhe & Randall Valdez CastillApril 5, 2023 (2023-04-05)XXLD030010.137[30]
Dave starts out his tour with antics from the road.
222"Harrison Ave"Kitao SakuraiJordan MendozaApril 5, 2023 (2023-04-05)XXLD030030.080[30]
233"Hearsay"Tony YacendaBiniam BizunehApril 12, 2023 (2023-04-12)XXLD030020.133[31]
244"Wisconsin"Ben SinclairEmma WisdomApril 19, 2023 (2023-04-19)XXLD030040.111[32]
255"The Storm"Shannon MurphyRob RosellApril 26, 2023 (2023-04-26)XXLD030050.105[33]
266"#RIPLilDicky"Ben SinclairStarlee KineMay 3, 2023 (2023-05-03)XXLD030060.082[34]
277"Rebirthday"Tony YacendaJeanie BergenMay 10, 2023 (2023-05-10)XXLD030070.111[35]
288"Met Gala"Kitao SakuraiNiles Abston & Trevor AlperMay 17, 2023 (2023-05-17)XXLD030080.094[36]
299"Dream Girl"Shannon MurphyVanessa McGeeMay 24, 2023 (2023-05-24)XXLD030090.119[37]
3010"Looking for Love"Kitao SakuraiStory by : Dave Burd & Vanessa McGee
Teleplay by : Dave Burd
May 31, 2023 (2023-05-31)XXLD030100.096[38]

Music edit

Penith (The Dave Soundtrack)
Studio album / soundtrack album by
ReleasedJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
Length66:00
Label
  • Dirty Burd
  • Commission
  • BMG
Producer
Lil Dicky chronology
I'm Brain
(as Brain) (2017)
Penith (The Dave Soundtrack)
(2024)
Singles from Penith (The Dave Soundtrack)
  1. "Hi, I'm Dave"
    Released: February 28, 2020
  2. "We Good"
    Released: December 24, 2021
  3. "Mr. McAdams"
    Released: December 15, 2023

In June 2023, Burd stated that a soundtrack album for Dave would be released "by the end of this summer", featuring music from the three seasons of the series. He was working with Benny Blanco on the album and anticipated it would have up to 20 songs, noting that the series featured "bits and pieces of songs" that he had created full versions of that were unreleased and thus needed to be mixed and master.[9] In December 2023, Penith (The Dave Soundtrack) was announced, for release on January 19, 2024. "Mr. McAdams" was released as the album's first single on December 15, 2023.[39]

Penith (The Dave Soundtrack)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Brand New"1:18
2."Honestly"
  • Jasper Lee Harris
  • Davey Alexander Miramontez
  • Burd
  • Eugene Tsai
  • Lia Elizabeth Farrelly-Hodge
  • Tsai
  • Lia Liza
  • Stan Lane
  • Harris
  • Blanco[a]
3:46
3."Mr. McAdams"
  • Blanco
  • Chill Pill
  • Lex
2:36
4."Hahaha"
  • Harris
  • Burd
  • Jahnei Clarke
  • Blanco
  • Clarke
  • Harris
4:03
5."Ally's Song"
  • Burd
  • Henry Kwapis
  • Jack Karaszewski
  • Blanco
  • Kwapis
3:09
6."Harrison Ave"
  • Aaron Shadrow
  • Levin
  • Charles Jones
  • Burd
  • Delilah Moore
  • Presley DeLano Regier
  • Blanco
  • Chatz
6:01
7."Burst"2:23
8."Second Coming"
3:42
9."I Love Myself"
  • Harris
  • Burd
  • Thomas Lumpkins
  • Blanco
  • Tommy Parker
  • Harris
2:07
10."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar"
  • Levin
  • Burd
  • Jeremy William Fedryk
  • Lewis Hughes
  • Nicholas Audino
  • Blanco
  • Sarcastic Sounds
  • Audino
  • Hughes
2:27
11."Going Gray"
  • Levin
  • Burd
  • Kwapis
  • Karaszewski
  • Blanco
  • Karaszewski
  • Kwapis
3:07
12."I Met a Girl"
  • Harris
  • Burd
  • Harris
  • Blanco[a]
1:33
13."YG Interlude" (featuring YG)
  • Levin
  • Burd
Blanco1:37
14."No Fruits or Vegetables"
  • Levin
  • Burd
Blanco2:25
15."I'm Drunk"
  • Levin
  • Burd
  • Miramontez
  • Høiberg
  • Blanco
  • Cashmere Cat
  • Lane
2:01
16."Morning After"
  • Harris
  • Lang
  • Levesque
  • Goldblatt
3:06
17."My Dick Sucks"
  • Digi
  • Rob
  • Blanco[a]
2:34
18."Still Freestyling" (Outro)
  • Burd
  • Kwapis
  • Karaszewski
  • Kwapis
  • Karaszewski
  • Blanco[a]
3:45
19."Jail (Part 1)" (Bonus Track)
8:44
20."Heresay" (Bonus Track)
  • Burd
  • Miramontez
  • Blanco
  • Lane
1:41
21."Hi, I'm Dave" (Bonus Track)
  • Burd
  • Clarke
  • Harris
  • Blanco
  • Harris
  • Clarke
1:00
22."We Good" (Bonus Track, featuring GaTa)
  • Albert John Tanner
  • Levin
  • Burd
  • Davionte Ganter
  • Eddie Jones
  • Kwapis
  • Isiah Drewery
  • Karaszewski
  • William Daron Pulliam
  • Blanco
  • Karaszewski
  • Kwapis
2:49
Total length:66:00

Note

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.

Reception edit

Critical response edit

On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 64 out of 100 based on 10 reviews.[40] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 77% with an average score of 6.7 out of 10 based on 22 reviews. The website's critical consensus is, "DAVE can be just as off-putting as Lil Dicky's rap persona with its abundance of genitalia jokes and self-aggrandizement, but beneath the raunchy veneer is a surprisingly self-aware show with a sweet core."[41]

After mixed reviews for the first few episodes that were previewed by media outlets, the second half of the season was positively received by The Guardian, IndieWire, Financial Times, and Rolling Stone.[42][43][44] Reviewers noted the expansion of the series' sources of humor, its dedication to character development, and improved emotional depth. At the end of its first season, Dave averaged 5.32 million viewers per episode, making it the most popular comedy in FX's history.[45] While most of the characters and actors have been praised, the "Lil Dicky" character in the show has been negatively received. Many reviewers have noted that while the character's success is the center of the show, his poor treatment of his friends makes him difficult to root for.[46][47] Additionally, the first season has been criticized for exploring and idealizing fame over art. Daniel D'Addario of Variety unfavorably compared the show to Atlanta, another entry from FX. D'Addario states "When Donald Glover made an FX show about characters trying to break into the music industry, it was 'Atlanta,' among the most expansive, richly imaginative shows of the century so far. When Lil Dicky does it, it's a show whose breaks from flatly telling us about his character's private parts tend to follow a linear trajectory: Lil Dicky, a ditherer with more zeal for fame than true creative ambition, ends up trying something, it goes viral, everyone loves it."[48]

On Metacritic, the second season has a score of 84 out of 100 based on 11 reviews.[49] On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season received an approval rating of 91% with an average score of 8.3 out of 10 based on 11 reviews. The website's critical consensus is, "Dave still has a lot of growing up to do, but DAVE has matured into a darkly hilarious and disarmingly wise comedy about the alienating price of fame."[50] GaTa's performance as himself has been singled as a standout from the first two seasons.[51][52]

Accolades edit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2021 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Dave Burd Nominated [53][54]
Writers Guild of America Awards New Series Dave Burd, Vanessa McGee, Saladin Patterson, Luvh Rakhe, Alex Russell, Jeff Schaffer, Max Searle, Yamara Taylor Nominated [55]
2022 Writers Guild of America Awards Episodic Comedy Luvh Rakhe & Lee Sung Jin for "Enlightened Dave" Nominated [56]
2023 Black Reel Awards for Television Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series Don Cheadle Pending [57][58]

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