TV Review: American Vandal | Season 1

With the announcement of a second season renewal, I came across Netflix’s American Vandal online.

The mockumentary series takes a look at the aftermath of a high school prank that left 27 faculty members’ cars vandalized, causing more than $100,000 in damages that the student in charge must pay back.

The above is a vague way to say that 27 cars were vandalized with 27 spray-painted dicks and nobody knows who did it. Yes, this is an actual Netflix show. And you can watch the trailer below to give you a little taste of this masterpiece:

When I first checked out the above what immediately came to mind was the infamous dick drawing scene from the film Superbad:

So this eight part original series is basically a spin-off in my mind. Like the film, the humor is hilariously over-the-top yet still completely self-aware and self-composed. And surprisingly so, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

At its heart, the show takes on a very insightful and sobering commentary on the preconceived notions in the American education system, the mess that is high school, social media, and the way we perceive others.

Admittedly, it took me a couple of episodes to really get invested in the “case” for Dylan Maxwell, but I was slowly won over… mainly thanks to the fact that I’ve been on the look-out for a show to deliver those mystery vibes, without the nightmares and worrying of leaving my house. American Vandal’s concept is over-the-top, always bordering the line between hilarious and obscene, and that’s exactly what hooked me in the first place.

Overall, I would 100% (* in Alex Trimboli’s voice *) recommend this show if you’re a fan of theories, conspiracies, and in-depth investigations.

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