If you only watched the first couple of seconds of the trailer for Netflix's American Vandal you could be forgiven for thinking you're about to dive into yet another gripping true crime story, so convincingly does the show mimic the popular genre. Then a few seconds later, you realize it's actually a satire. But is any of it (or anyone) based on reality? For example, is Dylan from American Vandal based on a real person? Well, if you're interpreting things very, very loosely, then kind of, yeah.
Netflix has made a name for itself with its true crime series, which explore cases that went unsolved for decades or instances where justice was horribly mangled. It's hard not to get sucked into shows that uncover the secrets of small towns while seeking to help victims of misunderstanding or prejudice. Now Netflix is set to do it again with American Vandal, the heart-wrenching investigation of a student convicted of a crime he may or may not have committed.
True crime stories are totally in right now. From the popular podcast Serial to Netflix documentaries like Making a Murderer and Amanda Knox, people are just really interested in true crime stories. Therefore, it shouldn't be all that surprising that someone has now made a parody of people's current obsession. Similar to their other documentaries, Netflix's new original series, American Vandal, will follow a case that centers around the male genitalia. Yes, you heard me correctly.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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