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A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.
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Series cast summary:
Tyler Alvarez ...  Peter Maldonado 16 episodes, 2017-2018
Griffin Gluck ...  Sam Ecklund 16 episodes, 2017-2018
Jimmy Tatro ...  Dylan Maxwell 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Travis Tope ...  Kevin McClain 8 episodes, 2018
Melvin Gregg ...  DeMarcus Tillman 8 episodes, 2018
Lou Wilson ...  Lucas Wiley 8 episodes, 2017
Taylor Dearden ...  Chloe Lyman 8 episodes, 2018
Jessica Juarez ...  Brianna Gagne 8 episodes, 2017
Joe Farrell Joe Farrell ...  Jared Hixenbaugh 8 episodes, 2017
Camille Hyde ...  Gabi Granger 7 episodes, 2017
Camille Ramsey ...  Mackenzie Wagner 7 episodes, 2017
DeRon Horton ...  Lou Carter 7 episodes, 2018
Genevieve Hannelius ...  Christa Carlyle 7 episodes, 2017
Karly Rothenberg ...  Ms. Shapiro 7 episodes, 2017
Calum Worthy ...  Alex Trimboli 7 episodes, 2017
Ryan O'Flanagan ...  Mr. Kraz 7 episodes, 2017
Dendrie Taylor ...  Denise Kavanagh 7 episodes, 2017
Larry Joe Campbell ...  Greg Kavanagh 7 episodes, 2017
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Clearly a riff on the streaming giant's acclaimed true crime series Making A Murderer and The Keepers, American Vandal is a half-hour true crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Over the course of the eight-episode season, an aspiring sophomore documentarian Peter Maldanaldo investigates the controversial and potentially unjust expulsion of Dylan Maxwell, the troubled senior accused of the phallic vandalization. Written by ahmetkozan

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15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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The high school that's used for Hanover High School is actually Palisades High in Pacific Palisades. However the faculty parking lot shown in the film is not part of Palisades High. See more »

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Dylan Maxwell: Another day, another dick.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Genuinely Refreshing
18 September 2017 | by parkersaussySee all my reviews

This was a real breath of fresh air.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not very familiar with the "True Crime" shows that American Vandal is presenting itself as a parody of, but that didn't take away from the enjoyment of it at all. The show takes a satirical low-stakes premise and manages to make it genuinely suspenseful and funny, as well as very poignant towards the end of the season. The show blends this style with elements of found footage films, finding the best aspects of both and managing to never get stale.

For a show with a mostly junior cast that essentially lives and dies by the believability of its performances, American Vandal's actors were all surprisingly capable and felt like real people. Jimmy Tatro was great; if you've followed his YouTube channels, you won't see much you haven't already seen him do, but he's very talented and he was definitely perfect for the role. The other leads were great as well, and I can't think of too many weak links in even the supporting cast. It's rare to see TV shows paint an accurate picture of modern high school kids across different stereotypes (and make any attempt to deconstruct those stereotypes), but this felt about as close as I've seen one get.

Plus, the writing is engaging and keeps you guessing throughout, such that you won't be certain where the plot is going until the very end. Certain details will appear in the first few episodes that don't get elaborated upon until several episodes later, and it makes the show very rewarding upon re-watches for viewers paying attention. For a show that would have done just fine as a fun romp satirizing the true crime genre, American Vandal actually goes the extra mile to make itself more enjoyable.

If you were even moderately interested based on the trailer, absolutely give American Vandal a binge. Would love to see what this team can come up with next.


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