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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: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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. Expand
  2. Jan 14, 2018
    9
    American Vandal ist eine spannende Mocumentary die klassische Krimiserien auf die Schippe nimmt und dabei trotzdem nicht ihre ErnsthaftigkeitAmerican Vandal ist eine spannende Mocumentary die klassische Krimiserien auf die Schippe nimmt und dabei trotzdem nicht ihre Ernsthaftigkeit verliert. Es geht um Dylan Maxwell der angeblich 27 Penisse auf Lehrerautos gesprüht haben soll. Alles deutet daraufhin dass er es war doch Peter Maldonado geht dem ganzen auf die Spur. American Vandal bleibt dabei die ganze Zeit spannend und zeigt viele verschiedene Möglichkeiten auf wie die Straftat begangen wurde. Dies ist allerdings auch der größte Kritikpunkt, die Offenheit und das Fragen ungeklärt bleiben muss man mögen. Im Großen und Ganzen kann man aber sagen dass American Vandal eine durchaus sehenswerte Serie ist die diesen doch etwas komisch klingenden Fall ernsthaft behandelt und dabei nicht ins lächerliche abrutscht. Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2018
    8
    Tomando el formato de documental esta serie trata sobre un estudiante del club de noticias, Peter Maldonado, quién investiga al responsable deTomando el formato de documental esta serie trata sobre un estudiante del club de noticias, Peter Maldonado, quién investiga al responsable de un grave incidente en su escuela secundaria, y en el proceso liberar de la expulsión a Dyllan Maxwell, un alumno con la fama de hacer ese tipo de actos.
    La serie es un hilarante investigación que nos permite explorar distintos secretos de los compañeros de Peter y Dyllan, manteniendo el suspenso y drama de la gravedad del incidente y sus repercusiones, se siente la carrera contra el tiempo y cómo el incidente ha afectado a la familia del expulsado.
    Si les gustó "Making a Murderer" esta es una versión más descontracturada que seguro los mantendrá queriendo saber más sobre qué, cómo y quién fue el culpable.
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  4. Dec 21, 2017
    8
    American Vandal will lead you to believe that it's just another mockumentary that just goes "hehe... isn't it funny that we did ______ but,American Vandal will lead you to believe that it's just another mockumentary that just goes "hehe... isn't it funny that we did ______ but, ________ is inappropriate?" However, it turns into something really incredible by the end. I don't want to spoil anything so, please do yourself a favor and spend 4 hours to watch one of, if not the, greatest Netflix originals. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2018
    8
    This show actually seems like it was filmed by high schoolers and I mean that in a good way. American Vandal completely commits to the premiseThis show actually seems like it was filmed by high schoolers and I mean that in a good way. American Vandal completely commits to the premise and can be a bit tedious at times. Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2017
    8
    The first episode is good. The second almost made me quit the show, but i kept watching and each episode just got better. Beside some chucklesThe first episode is good. The second almost made me quit the show, but i kept watching and each episode just got better. Beside some chuckles here and there it's not a laugh out loud funny show, but it's amusing, compelling, well made and kinda serious for such a silly premise. Expand
  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. Expand

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