American Vandal: Season 1 (2017)

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American Vandal pays satirical dividends while also working as a genuinely absorbing mystery that offers thought-provoking commentary on modern entertainment.

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Critic Ratings: 48

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User Ratings: 1313

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 15, 2017

Sophomore Peter Maldonado investigates the expulsion of class clown Dylan Maxwell for vandalism.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

Alex Trimboli, an important witness, gives his side of the story, but other students don't trust his credibility about his frequent boozing and sexual accomplishments.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

Peter observes Ms. Shapiro, the teacher that deposed against Dylan. Meanwhile, another teacher makes a shocking allegation.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

The "Morning Show Nine," a group of students able to see the missing security tapes, comes under scrutiny.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

The documentary circulates quickly, and Peter handles new fan beliefs. New clues come to light from a video.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

Peter and Sam continue to look for evidence but are in danger of losing their connections. Meanwhile, Dylan readies himself for trial.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

A lead might disclose the hoodlum's intended target while Peter and Sam's new theory might actually solve the case.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

Peter must face the consequences of his behavior after the documentary, but it might not be the end of the investigation just yet.

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Critic Reviews for American Vandal Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (16)

In its own unique way, the show crystallized what it's like to be young in the social media age.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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American Vandal frolics through the Docuseries Uncanny Valley and comes out the other side with a loving appreciation of everything that makes these stories so captivating and culturally iconic.

Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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I went into American Vandal's premiere expecting to laugh; I didn't, much. But by the time I got to the sneaks-up-on-you-poignant closing scene of its finale, I was moved.

Oct 24, 2017 | Full Review…
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Not only is it a series that has understood the genre of true crime, but it has also perfected it. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

It definitely surprised me. [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The end result is something funny, sad and compelling.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

American Vandal is not only one of the funniest series to come to Netflix, but it has a surprising amount of emotional heft that captures the audience.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

From the outset, American Vandal may seem silly, empty and incomprehensible. But, as a symbol of the times, it deserves the opportunity to try to understand the generation portrayed. Because their problems are not so different. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the best high school-set shows in years, Netflix's American Vandal is a laugh-out-loud satire of popular true crime documentaries like Making a Murderer, but it also has layers, people!

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

What American Vandal proves quite neatly is that you can treat just about anything with the gravity of a Serial-style investigation and you'll end up with something that's funny enough.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

First and foremost, American Vandal is the first world problems "Who did it?" thriller we deserve. The truest American drama of our generation

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The series works as a serviceable whodunnit as well as a high-school drama, juxtaposing juvenile humour-the writers obviously think you can't have too many penis jokes-with satirical edge.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Vandal: Season 1

  • May 08, 2020
    the constant repetition is annoying and the conclusion anti climatic. But one has to look at this in a bigger picture, a commentary about being a teenager in a social media as with lots of dicks flying around. in the end i guess every one drew the dicks. my opinion, the fake cpr girl.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    Sure, it's "entertaining" if you're able to set aside American Vandal's downright ridiculous-to-its-very-bones plot but I, unfortunately, was not able to.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    who painted the dicks?..... who cares?
  • Dec 20, 2019
    just about the best show ive watched on netflix. flies under the radar you never expect it to be so honest and thoughtful and funny it surpasses every possible expectation
  • Nov 19, 2019
    American Vandal somehow goes from being an absolute troll of a TV show to an actually suspenseful story with some accurate societal commentary, while being enjoyable the entire time.
  • Oct 03, 2019
    Es lo mejor qué vi en Netflix en un largo tiempo
  • Sep 14, 2019
    the first few episodes were pretty fucking boring, but it made up for it in a way with the ridiculous satirical humor. after the first few episodes, the dick case actually becomes genuinely interesting. ive never seen storytelling been done this way. the character development and genuine conflict they were able to cram in was just impressive. the script and acting was the best i've seen in a long time, and it made the series feel pretty uncomfortably real. long story short. i am impressed.
  • Feb 17, 2019
    It was nice to watch the first episode and the last episode and not miss a beat. Kind of tells you about the plot. Very sophomoric.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Absolutely great screen work the shots were amazing the quality was amazing the plot was great, the characters were moving and you could tell that the documentary itself had an effect on the people at the school. The ending was a little unfulfilling but still a great series.
  • Jan 25, 2019
    I enjoy stupid humor and this is stupid humor.

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