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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 15, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) investigate The Great Brownout of 2018, where someone going by the name The Turd Burglar contaminated the lemonade at a Catholic high school, causing everyone who drank it to experience massive diarrhea.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Aug 29, 2018
    91
    It may take a little longer to get there than last time, but this new season becomes a worthy follow-up by not only swapping out one anatomical gag for another, but by filing off some of its goofier edges for another grounded look at the other daily challenges of high school life.
  2. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Sep 14, 2018
    90
    Maybe it seems like a stretch to call a show about dick jokes and poop one of the most well-crafted and self-aware works to come out of the last few years, but in season two, American Vandal has only continued to surpass expectations.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Aug 29, 2018
    83
    It feels like a successful attempt to franchise-ify American Vandal’s peculiar mix of lowbrow comedy, highbrow style, and an ongoing portrait of the American high school as a clash between dueling realities, where the best truths are always fiction.
  4. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Aug 29, 2018
    80
    American Vandal season 2 is not only more ambitious than its predecessor but shockingly darker and more inventive.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 11, 2018
    80
    Emotionally and sociologically, it’s a much more complex story, with a lot of insightful and empathetic things to say about a generation of kids who have grown up with social media as part of their lives. And characters like Kevin, Chloe and school basketball star DeMarcus (Melvin Gregg) come to life in poignant and unexpected ways, even considering the emotional pivot Season One took by the end.
  6. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Sep 6, 2018
    80
    Once you start watching the eight episodes, it's hard not to get hooked on solving the mystery, even if the show lays it on a bit thick when it comes to opining about the impact social media has on young people growing up in a world that allows them--or is that forces them?--to construct online personas to broadcast their every move via smart phones, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and endless selfies.
  7. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 10, 2018
    50
    By the end, what happened to Dylan Maxwell [in the first season] actually did feel kind of tragic. The second American Vandal, while amusing here and there, isn’t able to do all that. It recycles the same template, but can’t quite convince viewers to invest in everything that transpires at St. Bernardine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    The story itself is extremely thought-provoking. There are many plot twists which keep you interested and enhance the plot. What makes thisThe story itself is extremely thought-provoking. There are many plot twists which keep you interested and enhance the plot. What makes this show stand out is that although both seasons follow the same format, meaning that using the same formula becomes inevitable, it is still surprisingly smart and unique. Both the characters and the story of season two feel much different than those in the previous season despite the similar setting. How the creators of the series have manged to achieve a diversity like that while still using the same format is beyond me. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    9
    While the twists and many red herrings that fill the plot share a similar structure to those in season 1, the emotional impact of the plotWhile the twists and many red herrings that fill the plot share a similar structure to those in season 1, the emotional impact of the plot goes in a distinctly new direction. Yes it's a story about high school students and poop pranks and the interviews can feel pretty absurd at points, ('why in the world would this person still agree to talk!?' ran through my rational brain occasionally). However, the the character development is interesting enough that by half way through the season I was able to suspend disbelief and become fully invested in the well constructed mystery. It was extremely entertaining to see the show really lampoon a lot of the BS I remember from attending a Catholic high school (snobby rich kids, oblivious/complicit faculty, the athletes getting preferential treatment, etc). Without getting into spoilers, the ending is less open ended than season 1. However, it becomes surprisingly poignant and takes a turn I didn't see coming at all. It's a great payoff. If you loved/hated season 1, you will love/hate season 2. Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2018
    9
    it has cliches but it feels like they exist to prove why those cliches exist.

    kinda drags on a little bit but overall pretty entertaining
    it has cliches but it feels like they exist to prove why those cliches exist.

    kinda drags on a little bit but overall pretty entertaining and thought provoking
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  4. Sep 19, 2018
    7
    Not as good as the first season. Far too much of it doesn't even have the main guys from the first season, and the rest of the actors areNot as good as the first season. Far too much of it doesn't even have the main guys from the first season, and the rest of the actors are terrible.

    It's still entertaining, though.
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  5. Sep 21, 2018
    7
    A história desta segunda temporada não foi tão boa como a da primeira temporada, mas ainda assim foi muito divertido ver mais um caso deA história desta segunda temporada não foi tão boa como a da primeira temporada, mas ainda assim foi muito divertido ver mais um caso de vandalismo (neste caso, foram quatro crimes). O elenco teve uma prestação medíocre, o que fez com que esta sequela perdesse qualidade. Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2018
    1
    Boring and up its own butt with cliched content. The whole thing is entirely unrealistic and overly simplified. I realize its a parody, butBoring and up its own butt with cliched content. The whole thing is entirely unrealistic and overly simplified. I realize its a parody, but it isn't as good as the first season. Nor is it as interesting. Expand

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