Random Acts of Flyness: Season 1 Reviews

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 7, 2018
Ideas bubble up and themes ooze into view with a jubilance of expression...
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
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 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.
August 6, 2018
And even when "Random Acts of Flyness" is hard to stare at directly, it's always worth listening to what it has to say.
August 3, 2018
Random Acts of Flyness is a frenetic fever dream.
August 3, 2018
Every minute of the opening episode, "What Are Your Thoughts on Raising Free Black Children?," sings with ambition and thought-through detail.
August 1, 2018
[Random Acts of Flyness] isn't simply out to provoke or shock. Rather, it's trying to disrupt and redisrupt your perceptions so that, finally, you can see.