Netflix has an awesome series incoming – the satire American Vandal, and they just released the very first trailer for it.
Netflix seems to be pushing the boundaries with each and every new show they announce, and this time it’s a brand new true crime series, unlike anything they have done before. American Vandal is a satire series, that despite the fact it skewers the true crime genre plays incredibly straight in the new trailer.
Honestly, with waves of new shows coming every week, it was only a matter of moment when Netflix will start making jokes on its own account. Like the show’s it will be drawing inspiration from, this docuseries satire will follow the repercussions of a single crime.
From showrunner Dan Lagana and co-creators Tony Yacenda (Pillow Talking) and Dan Perrault (Honest Trailers), this half-hour comedy series will start by exploring the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left 27 faculty vehicles vandalized with phallic images.
Over the course of the first, eight episode long season, a young and aspiring sophomore documentarian Peter Maldanaldo (played by Tyler Alvarez) investigates the controversial and possibly unjust expulsion of his troubled senior classmate Dylan Maxwell (played by Jimmy Tatro). Rife with an interesting mix of local police corruption, dubious defenses, and a possible faculty conspiracy, the show seemingly promises a good time.
Netflix has successfully established a brand of their buzzed-about documentary series with their insanely successful Making a Murderer in 2015, and this year’s The Keepers.
Their Making a Murderer was a true crime documentary series that had the entire nation divided and enthralled about the case of one accused murderer – Steven Avery. And while this amazing docuseries is working on its follow-up season, Netflix decided to offer a parody series, probably so it would keep Making a Murderer in the public consciousness until Season 2 is ready.
From this first trailer, it seems that American Vandal has successfully recreated the fake news footage, tight framing and dim contrast lighting that made those series recognizable.
The only tricky thing about this is whether or not the show will manage to use the true crime tropes to its advantage, will it succeed at making something so raw and grave into a satire? I mean, the premise of a bunch of genital graffiti being investigated by a high school would-be Errol Morris is funny in its own right.
Everything now depends on how much the show will actually stick to the style of other documentaries covering serious criminal cases as murder, kidnapping, and how it will adapt it to the topic at hand.
So, from a stylistic and technical standpoint, the American Vandal trailer perfectly emulated a true crime docuseries, but the touted tagline “Who drew the dicks?” just might be a step too far. Yeah, we know, this should be a spoof series, the “Weird Al” Yankovic of true crime shows, made to utilize a meme at a point when it’s still dominant in public consciousness.
This show has a huge, and very interesting cast, as it includes Camille Hyde, Eduardo Franco, Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro, Camille Ramsey, Calum Worthy, Lukas Gage, Jessica Juarez, Lou Wilson, and G. Hannelius.
From the entire cast, Tatro somehow stands out, with his CV including Grown Ups 2 from 2013, also 2014 film sequel 22 Jump Street , and the 2016 comedy series revival film Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland.
Next to being an executive producer for this series, Yacenda will also direct. Lagana (Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous), Perrault, Joe Farrel for Funny or Die, Ari Luber, Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman for 3Arts will also executive produce. This series is produced for Netflix by 3Arts, CBS Television Studios and Funny or Die.
Well, from all that we found out from this trailer, the show promises a lot of laughter, and it will be the first time we get to watch this kind of a straight-faced joke that will last for 4 hours.
Guys who make the Honest Trailers we all know and love, said something about this series we believe will best describe what can be expected “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?”
And, well be able to find that out pretty soon, as the global premiere of American Vandal on Netflix is scheduled for Friday, September 15.
Will you join the quest for the true vandal?