183 votes
Man Down

Man Down

Channel 4 2013

Dan is a childish idiot trapped in an adultโ€™s life, whose world is at near collapse.His girlfriend Naomi is fast running out of patience with his inability to navigate the simplest of life tasks. He has two uniquely dysfunctional friends and a listless teaching career that sees him begrudgingly teach a version of the same lesson every day, inexplicably popular with all but one of the pupils, with his only highlight coming in the form of Miss Lipsey, a head mistress who views Dan with a mixture of pity and despair. To make matters worse, he is tormented daily by his willfully insane father, whose driving motivation in life seems to be to ensure his son is humiliated at every turn.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Man Down

Man Down - S4E5

#1 - The Christening (Season 4 - Episode 5)

Dan can't believe his luck when a health visitor suggests a 'daddy day'. But when his son seems a bit cold towards him, Dan becomes increasingly desperate to establish a bond.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 85 votes.

Man Down - S4E6

#2 - The Hearing (Season 4 - Episode 6)

Dan races against the clock to prove his credentials as a dad, but a terrifying figure from his past surfaces to seek revenge.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 85 votes.

Man Down - S3E6

#3 - The Party (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Having resigned his teaching post Dan is having a leaving party but it gets cancelled when the venue, Jo's shop, is repossessed whilst Daddy spitefully arranges to take Mum away for the weekend so that she will miss it. Brian has his own bad news but when there is a family crisis Dan and Nesta ally to put Daddy in his place and circumstances contribute to Dan changing his mind about emigration - even in the light of news from Emma.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 115 votes.

Man Down - S4E1

#4 - The Home (Season 4 - Episode 1)

Dan's quit his job as a teacher and is applying his unique work ethic to a new profession. With Aunt Nesta and his mum in a retirement village, Dan is on a hunt to find his soon-to-be family a home.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 107 votes.

Man Down - S1E6

#5 - Small Business Awards (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Brian finds himself nominated for a Small Business Award and Dan must quickly find a tuxedo and a date to impress his ex. There's also unrest at school when the class realise it could be the end of Space Mission.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 166 votes.

Man Down - S2E1

#6 - Perfect Woman (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Dan is still doing a teaching job that he despises and is being rejected by the girl he believes that will solve everything, Miss Lipsey. Following a chance meeting, Dan goes on a date but things don't g to plan. Brian attempts to connect with his family's pas

The episode was rated 7.63 from 171 votes.

Man Down - S1E5

#7 - Dad's Past (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Although still haunted, literally, by the ghost of his ex girlfriend, Dan ends up unexpectedly preparing for a date, with a little help from Brian. Meanwhile his dad offers him a terrifying insight into his own romantic past.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 174 votes.

Man Down - S1E4

#8 - Guru (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Brian introduces Dan to a guru with a secret, so unbelievably powerful, that he can only tell it to one person at a time.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 182 votes.

Man Down - S1E3

#9 - Desperate Dan (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Dan, unlike his ex-girlfriend, isn't invited to his niece's birthday party. Desperate to impress her, he manages to persuade the family that he can be trusted with getting the party ready.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 195 votes.

Man Down - S2E3

#10 - Diversity (Season 2 - Episode 3)

Dan is sent on a diversity course after his complete lack of political correctness alarms headmistress Miss Lipsey, and decides to make an injured Brian part of his idiotic plans. At the beauty salon, Jo hits on the idea of combining two celebrity looks into one genuinely incredible makeover. Comedy, starring Greg Davies and Roisin Conaty

The episode was rated 7.56 from 149 votes.

Man Down - S2E6
#11 - The Heath
Season 2 - Episode 6

After Jo announces she's marrying a digger-driving rapper from a 'pagan backwater', Dan decides he'll use his best man's speech to impress Miss Lipsey.

The episode was rated from 138 votes.
Man Down - S4E4
#12 - The School Trip
Season 4 - Episode 4

Dan takes his Behavioural Unit on a historical school trip with desperate hopes of becoming a 'bright light' his troubled kids can follow.

The episode was rated from 87 votes.
Man Down - S3E5
#13 - Adopted
Season 3 - Episode 5

Dan shares the shocking news of his adoption with his best mates and embarks on a search for a life that could have been. Brian's children are bored and a trip to the beach with Jo and Dan sounds far more exciting than their father's dull plans. But will Brian take the risk of getting sand in his beloved Renault Scenic and, more to the point, expose his kids to a day out with his ever-irresponsible friends? Cultural awakenings and jeopardy await.

The episode was rated from 128 votes.
Man Down - S3E4
#14 - The Visa
Season 3 - Episode 4

Dan tries to keep his plan to emigrate to the USA moving, but with the complicated issue of a visa to negotiate he knows he needs to draw on all his inner strength.

The episode was rated from 134 votes.
Man Down - S2E4
#15 - The Phant
Season 2 - Episode 4

After an unwelcome appraisal of his teaching ability, fate conspires to put Dan directly into the path of his childhood nemesis. Jo comes up with a new money-making scheme and Brian is desperate to be published in the local paper.

The episode was rated from 147 votes.
Man Down - S2E5
#16 - Dennis
Season 2 - Episode 5

When pupil Dennis's uncle who is his sole guardian is hospitalized Dan volunteers to look after him for a weekend to impress Emma. Dan grudgingly accepts Nesta as the second mandatory adult but takes a reluctant Dennis cycling with him rather than hunting with her and recruits Jo and Brian for an adventure game which Dennis finds extremely boring. However the lad is suitably impressed when they end up accidentally attending a criminal's lavish funeral.

The episode was rated from 147 votes.
Man Down - S4E2
#17 - The Bear
Season 4 - Episode 2

Dan presents Emma with a perfect vision of a family and embarks on a journey to rediscover a terrible truth about a misremembered friendship.

The episode was rated from 103 votes.
Man Down - S3E2
#18 - The Calling
Season 3 - Episode 2

Dan comes face-to-face with his replacement in the classroom, Miss Clarke, and the kids don't take his departure quite the way he hopes.

The episode was rated from 151 votes.
Man Down - S2E2
#19 - Kindness
Season 2 - Episode 2

When another teacher and - more importantly - a rival for Miss Lipsey's affections delivers a smash-hit school assembly for Community Week, Dan conspires to top it all with a brilliant one of his own involving his drama class and a war veteran. Meanwhile, Jo is exploring her artistic side, while Nesta favours an upset Brian over her idiotic nephew.

The episode was rated from 150 votes.
Man Down - S3E3
#20 - Big News
Season 3 - Episode 3

Dan struggles to get his 'news' taken seriously, Brian meets the woman of his dreams, Nesta has a big problem to deal with, and 'Daddy' takes things up a gear with Dan.

The episode was rated from 132 votes.

Last updated: sep 24, 2022



First season started but slow, but loved everything about it by the end.


Vaguely amusing but there are much better English comedies that don't use animal cruelty as a form of humour. Disappointing because Greg Davies is very funny on Mock the Week.


This show is both beautiful and hilarious If I had to recommend one comedy show for anyone to watch it's this Definitely give it a chance


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