True-crime purveyor Netflix's spoof of true-crime shows looks goddamned perfect

The satirical show "American Vandal" pokes fun at television's obsession with true-crime

Published August 3, 2017 2:59PM (EDT)

Tyler Alvarez and Jimmy Tatro in "American Vandal" (Netflix/Tyler Golden)
Tyler Alvarez and Jimmy Tatro in "American Vandal" (Netflix/Tyler Golden)

Netflix — arguably the leading purveyor of true-crime documentaries — has released a trailer for yet another doc-series wrapped around another grave injustice. But this time, the streaming service is exploring a much less threatening crime: spray painting phallic images.

The series, entitled "American Vandal," is a satirical take on television's current obsession with true-crime. The recently trailer taps into their viewers' inquisitive side as they beg the question: "Who drew the dicks?"

Co-creators Tony Yacenda ("Pillow Talking") and Dan Perrault ("Honest Trailers")  have teamed up with showrunner Dan Lagana ("Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous") for a half-hour comedy series exploring the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven innocent faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. The eight-episode scripted comedy from Funny or Die and CBS Television Studios follows the potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) and sophomore documentarian Peter Maldonado's (Tyler Alvarez) quest to find out the truth.

Aside from Tatro and Alvarez, the cast includes Griffin Gluck, Camille Hyde, ​Eduardo Franco, Jessica Juarez, Lou Wilson, Camille Ramsey​, Calum Worthy,​ and G. Hannelius.​

The streaming service's latest venture into true-crime documentaries arrives during television's obsession with the genre. Successful series like their own "Making a Murderer," HBO's "The Jinx," and FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," have propelled true-crime into becoming one of the most abundant and successful genres on television. "American Vandal" is just one of Netflix's numerous explorations into true-crime and follows their latest announcement for "Mindhunter," a new series analyzing the minds of serial killers.

"American Vandal" premieres on Netflix on Sept. 15.

Watch the trailer here.

By Alessandra Maldonado

Alessandra Maldonado is an editorial intern at Salon. You can find her on Twitter at @alessamberr

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