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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 15, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: The true-crime satire series from Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault follows Peter Maldanaldo (Tyler Alvarez) as he investigates the expulsion of high school senior Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) for allegedly spray painting faculty cars with phallic images.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Sep 1, 2017
    100
    Sophomoric at times, but painstakingly constructed throughout, it’s a thrilling mystery that feels true--from start to finish--to the real-life stories that inspired it.
  2. Reviewed by: Shirley Li
    Sep 14, 2017
    91
    Think Documentary Now! without the starry lineups, or Andy Samberg’s faux sports documentaries without as many tangents--and better yet, they manage to make a high-school dramedy work around the “documentary” itself. All in all, it’s an impressive tightrope walk.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 14, 2017
    80
    Few shows I've seen catch high school society, with its self-contained seriousness, as well as American Vandal does, as well as the mix of innocence and experience, confusion and certitude that mark that age. It’s as engrossing as the series it set out to satirize and moving in ways you would not expect.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Lowman
    Sep 12, 2017
    70
    Don’t expect a lot of out-loud laughs with the series, but it is constantly amusing.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 15, 2017
    70
    Everyone involved with this show really commits to the format. That’s what makes American Vandal more compelling than I would have suspected, even though it does have some significant flaws.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 14, 2017
    70
    It’s a funny idea, and when it clicks, in the early episodes, Vandal is pretty amusing. It’s not an idea that stretches effectively over eight episodes, though, even at a half-hour each. There are other things going on--including a critique of the motives and methods of the documentarians, in this case a couple of student film geeks--but they’re not all that interesting.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Sep 14, 2017
    60
    Yacenda and Perrault create such an unexpectedly engrossing mystery that the eventual muddled resolution is a bit underwhelming, and sometimes the jokes get lost in the intricate details. Over the course of eight episodes, the show develops an impressive range of believable teenage characters, and as silly as the story can be, it’s the grounded reality of the show’s world that makes it funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Sep 30, 2017
    10
    I went into it with low expectations, expecting the basic dick jokes and whatnot. Was pleasantly surprised when it went past that and gaveI went into it with low expectations, expecting the basic dick jokes and whatnot. Was pleasantly surprised when it went past that and gave some criticisms on the justice system and profiling. Smart and funny with subtle humor. Being in high school myself, it was easy to relate to the characters and with the school itself. I’ve been to four different high schools and I can say without a doubt that this is the most realistic high school representation that I’ve seen in any show or movie. From the teachers to the students, you can tell the show is written with that in mind.
  2. Oct 17, 2017
    9
    Don't be put off by some the synopses implying this is a show about dicks, American Vandal is actually a clever, nuanced satire. The humour isDon't be put off by some the synopses implying this is a show about dicks, American Vandal is actually a clever, nuanced satire. The humour is superb throughout and is a mix of more obvious jokes that make you laugh (Nana's party for example is absolutely hilarious) alongside clever and at times biting satire. It also contains a surprisingly well constructed mystery which really draws you in with all the twists and turns. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much when I started watching the show but it's up there with Stranger Things and House of Cards in terms of the high quality Netflix shows. Absolutely well worth watching.
  3. Apr 6, 2018
    8
    I really enjoyed the first season. It takes a good look at the varying suspects of the crime, as well as looks at motive and the profiling ofI really enjoyed the first season. It takes a good look at the varying suspects of the crime, as well as looks at motive and the profiling of them. It's like a funnier crime show. It takes an indepth look into the lives of high school students and teachers, and how their lives were affected by the events. Though I didn't necessarily agree with some of the conclusions for each piece of evidence, I enjoyed looking at things from the characters' perspectives.
    It does remind me of the movie "Attack on the Pin-Up Boys".
  4. Jan 12, 2018
    8
    American Vandal is a brilliant satire of mystery television shows and teen drama's while being able to contain lots of humor its also able toAmerican Vandal is a brilliant satire of mystery television shows and teen drama's while being able to contain lots of humor its also able to take a more serious tone without it seeming strange or unnatural. I do have my issue with the show certain scenes feel totally out of place at times but the goods of this show heavily outweigh the bads. Overall I found the show to not only be hilarious but also allow the viewer to have some heavy self-reflection.
  5. Sep 19, 2018
    8
    I had no idea what it was when I started watching, and I was surprised at how good it was. An entertaining crime documentary parody!

    Just a
    I had no idea what it was when I started watching, and I was surprised at how good it was. An entertaining crime documentary parody!

    Just a little too much "fluff" per episode.
  6. Sep 16, 2017
    8
    Starts out stupid, unexpectedly turns into something amazing.

    It starts out under the guise of a so-stupid it's funny mockumentary. You
    Starts out stupid, unexpectedly turns into something amazing.

    It starts out under the guise of a so-stupid it's funny mockumentary. You expect it to be a shallow comedy with silly humor. Instead, it evolves into an incredibly well-written meaningful crime story. The satire is on-point. It has its laugh-out-loud moments but it's actually more thought-provoking than funny.

    Deceptively great show overall. It misleads you to think its a shallow comedy, then delivers a complex meaningful story. This actually further echoes its message, which is genius.
  7. Sep 17, 2017
    0
    Are you people insane? Are we so starved for good TV that we're gonna act like a joke done better in Superbad and stretched out for hours isAre you people insane? Are we so starved for good TV that we're gonna act like a joke done better in Superbad and stretched out for hours is watched? Maybe with a little intelligence this could be good (and there's definitely room for a great true crime parody with the genre being so popular lately), but the execution here is terrible. Jesus, Netflix. Don't let children write your TV shows.

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