‘American Vandal’ Is An Irresistible Parody Of The True-Crime Genre

How many dick jokes can you take?

American Vandal, the hilarious-as-hell true-crime mockumentary, follows two aspiring filmmakers as they look into a mystery involving a high school troublemaker accused of spray-painting 27 phallic images onto the cars in the faculty parking lot.

On the surface, it’s easy to write off this parody — by Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, who have written comedy websites Funny or Die, Honest Trailers and College Humour — as one epic penis joke stretched over eight episodes, a This is Spinal Tap take on Making the Murderer.

But after the first ep, you’ll realise that there’s more to American Vandal than meets the eye: it’s a smart satire that skewers teen culture and the way we consume (real) true-crime shows. On top of that, the whodunit is just as compelling, even emotional at times. A second season has recently been green-lit and will be set in a prep school. 

Watch it on: Netflix  

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