Are you as sick of all these melodramatic, exploitive, basically-trafficking-in-human-misery “true crime” shows as I am? It’s just preys on the worst parts of human nature and is right up there with those Faces of Death videos from the 90’s.
Thankfully Netflix is taking the true crime genre to task with American Vandal. From the trailer it looks like they’ve placed tongue very firmly in cheek as they explore the burning question of “WHO DREW THE DICKS?!?!”
The showrunner for this one is the same guy who did the Bo Burnham show “Zack Stone is Gonna Be Famous” which absolutely skewered the insta-famous emerging trend at the time, so fully expect them to go hard in the paint on the lame-ass true crime genre.
Synopsis: “From co-creators Tony Yacenda (Pillow Talking) and Dan Perrault (Honest Trailers), and showrunner Dan Lagana (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous), 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 investigates the controversial and potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior (and known dick-drawer) Dylan Maxwell. Not unlike its now iconic true-crime predecessors, the addictive American Vandal will leave one question on everyone’s minds until the very end: Who drew the dicks?”