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‘American Vandal’ Is a Good True Crime Parody, and a Great Teen Drama

To successfully parody a genre, you have to be a fan of it—and it’s clear that the team behind American Vandal have obsessed over their fair share of true crime. A new Netflix show from creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, and showrunner Dan Lagana (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, an underrated one-season wonder), American Vandal quickly proves to be an effective and often laugh-out-loud funny sendup of the true crime boom—and, as an added bonus, it’s also a pretty engaging high school drama.

Perhaps the biggest key to American Vandal‘s success is how it takes the most juvenile of crimes and treats it with the utmost gravity. “Who drew the dicks?” is the central question, asked over and over (the phrase “drew the dicks” only gets funnier when occasionally replaced with “did the dicks”) throughout the eight mockumentary-style episodes. …

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