Before we get started… STEP 1: WATCH THIS.
I remember when Serial hit the podcast scene. It literally had taken over my life. I’d listen to it on the subway and at work. I would google the locations to give me visuals. I second-guessed everything I had just listened to, I came to my own conclusions… about everything. After all, I have watched almost every Law & Order possible so I’m sort of the best detective in the world.
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?
So, this is sorta like the Serial podcast + The Office. There are certain millennial twists that I totally dig. The “investigation” portion is behind the eyes of an aspiring reporter but fellow student. His ultimate goal is to find the true vandal. In everyone eyes, the decision is easy — the iconic class clown, Dylan Maxwell. But it’s too easy to assume he is the vandal when the slightest offset can put anyone at the scene of the crime. This will leave you double guessing up until the very end.
This isn’t for everyone, I know a few people who couldn’t make it thru the first episode. But I loved it – its a great way to spend to a friday night snuggled up. #wedrewthedicks?