With the growing craze among viewers for crime documentaries, a spoof of the same genre was bound to come out sometime. ‘American Vandal‘, created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacendaa, is a mockumentary web television series. It debuted on September 15, 2017, on Netflix. It parodies true crime docu-series, often referencing to popular titles such as ‘Making a Murderer‘, ‘The Staircase’, ‘The Jinx’, ‘The Keepers’ and ‘Serial’. After running for two seasons, the show was canceled by Netflix in 2018.
‘American Vandal’ follows an anthology format, in which each season explores a different case. Season 1 begins with a serious high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. This led to the accusation of senior class clown Dylan Maxwell, finally leading to him being expelled from school. However, Peter Maldonado, an aspiring documentarian, partners with his friend Sam Ecklund, to discover if the real perpetrator is Dylan or not. Season 2 follows the duo as they investigate another incident at the cafeteria of a Catholic private high school where the venue’s lemonade is contaminated with a laxative named maltitol.
‘American Vandal’ adopts the style of serialized true crime documentaries, but then lightens it with scatological humor. This is what makes it so entertaining to watch. Now, if you have already finished this show and are searching for some thematically and tonally similar titles, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘American Vandal’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘American Vandal’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Documentary Now! (2015-)
‘Documentary Now!‘ is definitely a must-watch for fans of ‘American Vandal’. It is a parody of the current generation’s obsession with docu-series. Each episode narrates a different story that adopts a similar style as featured in that original documentary, and pays tribute to this genre as a whole. Created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas, the series debuted on IFC on August 20, 2015. Helen Mirren features as the host in all of the episodes.
9. Community (2009-15)