The first season of American Vandal caught everyone off guard. A series that was filmed, acted, and portrayed as a serious documentary about dicks. The limited series was set at a High School where the staff had dicks spray painted onto their cars. It followed two main characters that were trying to figure out who committed the crime and the reasons behind the action. It grabbed everyone’s attention with its outlandish premise but held their attention, always tricking you and leading you on.
Season 2 of the show fundamentally changes itself. Instead of the main characters from the first season reprising their roles, they become side characters. This allows for a whole new cast to become the main focus of the show. This allows for these new characters to grow and breathe, making them really compelling. The two people from the first season are still used and their purpose is even more important now, They act exclusively to make the viewer think a certain way. They filter information and frame it so the story is allowed to take you on a ride of twists and turns that you never see coming. Since the show doesn't have to focus on them, it creates more time to focus on the new characters and feels more focused on the investigation.
This time, instead of looking for a person who drew dicks, the documentarians are looking for the Turd Burglar. A menace that has made kids poop their pants, shot poop at kids, and put poop in a pinata. The show is consistent in its style, leading you by the hand just to pull the rug out from under you. It reuses a lot of ideas from the first season but I still didn't see them coming which really threw me for a loop.
The show had me constantly wanting more because it was so entertaining to watch. American Vandal has quickly become one of my favorite television shows because it seems to always deliver.