Man Down. Dan (Greg Davies). Copyright: Avalon Television
Man Down

Man Down

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2013 - 2017
  • 26 episodes (4 series)

Sitcom starring Greg Davies as Dan, a teacher with crushing character flaws. Also features Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Gwyneth Powell, Stephanie Cole, Jeany Spark and more.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 963

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Dan (Greg Davies) is still in deep denial about Naomi's departure. But what isn't clear at this stage of this wilfully quirky sitcom is why she was with him in the first place. Dan is a boisterous, selfish, puerile child in a large man's body. Despite earning his living as a teacher, he addresses bespectacled pupils as 'four eyes'. He performs tricks with his cock to impress women. In fact, the only aspect of Dan to attract sympathy is his even more loathsome father (a gleefully well-cast Rik Mayall).

Man Down is clearly meant as a real life cartoon of sorts. The scenarios are ridiculous, the humour basic and broad and the performances exaggerated. But to stick with the show, we'll need someone to root for. And Dan just doesn't feel like that man until the final frame of tonight's episode where he realises that a plate of over-cooked mince isn't going to woo his sweetheart back. Despair for Dan, but a glimmer of hope for the series perhaps? Either way, Man Down needs a little more of this to avoid one-trick-pony ignominy.

Phil Harrison, Time Out, 25th October 2013

Greg Davies' Man Down disappointed me

It's a sad day when a rape scene in Downton Abbey can get people up in arms, but bizarre jokes about child abuse and gay bashing go unnoticed.

Lynn Connolly, Unreality TV, 20th October 2013

Review: Man Down, Channel 4

Man Down is a sitcom with that pleasing but difficult-to-achieve combination - laugh-out-loud moments and truly touching scenes. A strong start.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 19th October 2013

Previously The Inbetweeners' grouchy headteacher, Greg Davies stars as Dan, a teacher capable of rivalling Jay, Neil et al for immaturity. Listlessly plodding through a life that has left him leeching off his parents and lumbered with dysfunctional friend Jo (Roisin Conaty), Dan spends much of this opener determined to win back his girlfriend by getting a mortgage, or at least a second pair of trousers. A pretty by-the-books start, but if we get more of Dan's eccentric dad (Rik Mayall), it's one to keep an eye on.

Mark Jones, The Guardian, 18th October 2013

The unfeasibly tall Greg Davies, best known for his explosions of exasperation in Cuckoo and The Inbetweeners, reveals his surreal side in this mildly manic sitcom which charts the comic misadventures of Dan.

A teacher who makes Jack Whitehall's Alfie in Bad Education look like an Ofsted box-ticker, Dan delights in indulging his pupils with wild flights of sci-fi fantasy, while outside the classroom his personal life is falling down quicker than his trousers. It's all mildly bonkers.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 18th October 2013

Greg Davies brings his gift for the deranged to a new sitcom that is so loaded with childish eccentricity it practically bludgeons us into laughter. Davies is the six-foot-eight comedian who made a name for himself as a comic actor in The Inbetweeners and Cuckoo. There he played exasperated adults; here he plays maddening man-child Dan, a hopeless oaf who in the opening scene fantasises about designing a fart-powered hovercraft while his girlfriend points out he still hasn't replaced their broken light bulb.

When she finally decides to leave him, Dan is driven to new lows, not helped by losing his trousers and being attacked by his dad (Rik Mayall) in a bear outfit. None of this is subtly nuanced or anything, but there are real, stupid laughs, not least at the sight of Dan driving round in an old banger with his seat so far back he has his arm out of the rear window.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 18th October 2013

Greg Davies's latest venture into sitcomland is comedy writ large, from the initial fart joke, to a pair of lost trousers and some slapstick scenes that are so preposterous as to be surreal.

The premise is a tried and tested traditional one - newly dumped, middle-aged teacher (Davies) lives in a flat attached to the house of his mum and dad (Rik Mayall, in a near-perfect piece of casting, if you overlook the fact that Davies and Mayall are roughly the same age), and is surrounded by idiosyncratic/idiotic 'fucking mental' friends who do things such as sing him out of bouts of angst under the disapproving gaze of a battleaxe café proprietor.

It's touches such as these - and Davies's utterly silly but joyous classroom scenes, and lines such as 'He's a good boy. He's normal. He's not into your rubber shorts, your plastic fists, your glory holes,' delivered by the local tailor discussing his work experience schoolboy - that could have you warming to both Davies and the series, particularly if you like puerile, juvenile, violent comedy. Ageing The Young Ones fans will love it.

Yolanda Zappaterra, Time Out, 18th October 2013

Man Down, Channel 4, review

There were some amusingly sarky lines, mostly snarled with relish by Greg Davies. Overall, however, the tone was strained and awkward.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 18th October 2013

Greg Davies on why he couldn't go back to teaching

"After everything I've said about teaching; the profession wouldn't have me back," says the Man Down star.

James Rampton, Radio Times, 18th October 2013

If you were a fan of Greg Davies as the terrifying Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, you'll love this new sitcom he's written... his dad (a brilliant Rik Mayall) bullies him, his girlfriend is sick of him and his friends are crazy. It's a promising debut.

The Sun, 18th October 2013

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