Random Acts of Flyness: Season 1 Reviews

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January 2, 2019
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.
December 15, 2018
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.
December 15, 2018
Terence Nance paints the black experience with a canny, kaleidoscopic brush.
December 15, 2018
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.
December 7, 2018
Ideas bubble up and themes ooze into view with a jubilance of expression...
September 22, 2018
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.
September 22, 2018
It's an arresting series of vignettes that are dually punchy and snackable-and it's certainly a lot to digest-that will leave you feeling like you just awoke from a peculiar dream.
September 10, 2018
Random Acts of Flyness doesn't care if you or anyone else do or don't understand it. But even if you don't, it still deserves to exist in all its fullness and flaws, just like the people who are making it.
September 4, 2018
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.
August 29, 2018
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.
August 24, 2018
Spastic and impressionistic, Random Acts of Flyness is the free jazz of television, a searing collage of black life in America with a rhythm all its own.
August 20, 2018
Originally I wanted to explore "Random Acts" as a high-concept televised work of protest art. But this oversimplifies its expansive nature and defiance of definition.
August 14, 2018
One of the funkier, wilder projects of the year.
August 14, 2018
It's manic in its rapid-fire mix of live action, animation, video footage and puppetry. But it isn't without a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2018
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.
August 14, 2018
Random Acts of Flyness is the most interesting thing on TV right now, which is especially impressive because TV is very interesting right now.
August 13, 2018
At its best, Random Acts of Flyness allows its disparate parts to cohere into deeper meaning.
August 6, 2018
While Random Acts of Flyness lacks emotional nuance, it is still a rich, endlessly curious work that uses its variety-show model with cunning wit and bravado to constantly rewrite its own parameters.
August 6, 2018
A crucial demonstration that the progressive political cinema is also inseparable from progressive aesthetic imagination...The most stunning bit of frame-breaking reflexivity is also an astounding moment of cultural criticism and self-criticism.
August 6, 2018
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.
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