Random Acts of Flyness: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Random Acts of Flyness

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Random Acts of Flyness' poignant political poetry plays in harmony with its frenetic absurdist humor to create a singular musical television experience.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 58

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Air date: Aug 4, 2018

Series premiere. Terence Nance introduces the show before being stopped by the NYPD. Included: "Everybody Dies!," a cable-access show hosted by "Ripa the Reaper"; an infomercial for a topical-ointment cure for "white thoughts"; and a talk show on sex in the black community.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2018

A video game to train an army of black women to defend themselves against aggressors is featured; a gender-diverse group of subjects talk about the performance of gender; a wise uncle attempts to program his nephews on how not to be creepy; Wendy gets lured into "Nuncaland," a Dominican-American fable inspired by a classic children's story.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2018

An afro goes to prison for "badness"; a family mourns a high-profile case of police violence; contestants on the game show "Hotep Squares" are asked if the Second Amendment applies to black people.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2018

Dangling threads from past and future episodes are addressed, including the perfect apology; a competitive game of spades; and a celebrity's latest business venture.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2018

A young Martin Luther King, Jr. wakes from a dream; a movie star with writer's block finds inspiration in Africa and stumbles upon the devil within.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2018

In the Season 1 finale, a woman stays woke too long; a waitress contemplates uploading her consciousness to the cloud amidst warnings of an impending hurricane. Also: After Najja has her demons exorcised, her Jealousy tries to talk its way back into her life; and artist Stephanie Dinkins describes her encounters with a simulated black woman named BINA48.

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A fluid, stream-of-conscious response to the contemporary American mediascape, each episode of RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS features a handful of interconnected vignettes, showcasing an ensemble cast of emerging and established talent. The show is a mix of vérité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama and humorous animation. Nance and his collaborators weave together such themes as ancestral trauma, history, death, the singularity, romance and more, creating a television show like nothing seen before.

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Critic Reviews for Random Acts of Flyness Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (17)

Nance's camera gives his subjects the physical and metaphorical space to speak their truths as an audience of outsiders observes, listens, and hopefully learns in the process.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Each episode is filled to the brim with fantastical, inventive, interconnected vignettes that use song and dance numbers, animation, cable access aesthetics and even horror movie tropes to explore what it means to be black.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Rarely do we get to see TV treated as a conduit for change, a commons for discourse, or a medium for art; but "Random Acts of Flyness" manages all three in a tidy 30 minutes.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Nance's show translates as something with roots in entertainment television, art house movies, and journalism-an experimental trip into blackness fly enough to post up in a modern-art museum.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Artistic polymath Terence Nance does for sketch comedy what Atlanta does for the sitcom, using dream logic to connect skits, songs and interview segments loosely themed around the black experience in all its diversity.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Ideas bubble up and themes ooze into view with a jubilance of expression...

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Terence Nance paints the black experience with a canny, kaleidoscopic brush.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is like a kaleidoscope, shifting perspectives from a man accosted by police to frustrated nonmonogamous girlfriends to adherents of Afro-Latino machismo to black bisexual men and their relative invisibility.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Even in the midst of the Black television renaissance that has blessed us with, Random Acts of Flyness trumps them in all in terms of racial commentary and overall weirdness.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Random Acts of Flyness is easily the strangest, most intoxicatingly interesting show on cable this year, with sideways turns into dark humor and subversion that reap plentiful rewards.

Sep 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's manic in its rapid-fire mix of live action, animation, video footage and puppetry. But it isn't without a point.

Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Random Acts of Flyness is the most interesting thing on TV right now, which is especially impressive because TV is very interesting right now.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Random Acts of Flyness: Season 1

  • Aug 22, 2020
    Love the creativity behind the show, a different and entertain way of understanding political shows. Recommended
  • Dec 20, 2019
    Brilliant show. Don't listen to all the noise from fragile watchers - this is a very well written show that communicates the modern black experience in a way I've never seen before. 10/10
  • Sep 11, 2018
    There is absolutely no series like it! Absolute flyness.
  • Sep 01, 2018
    This just keeps getting better, very thought provoking.
  • Aug 17, 2018
    Some facts and mostly propaganda built on the idea that whites are responsible for all that is wrong and has ever gone wrong with the world. Ignores all the positive contributions people of color have made to society in a way that seems to undermine all the sucesses and accomplisments minorites have made throughout history. Is a terrible thing for you people to watch making them think they have no chance of success if they are do not come from “the right background”. Dont know how it was allowed to air.
  • Aug 11, 2018
    Novel and no-holds-barred, Terrance Nance's vision is unlike anything on television today. Giving to screen time to those who deserve it, but never get it, and portraying stories in an inventive, conscious manner Random Acts of Flyness is a director's favorite show.

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