Netflix just made a boo boo. American Vandal will not return for a third season, the leading streaming service announced on Friday. “We’re very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix,” according to a statement that called the show’s high brow jokes on low brow subjects “unique and unconventional humor.” Well, people are mad.
American Vandal was a mockumentary true crime series where teenaged documentarians Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) tried to solve bizarre, over-the-top high school pranks. Season 1 found them figuring out if recently-suspended Dylan Maxwell, played by YouTuber Jimmy Tatro, spray painted 27 dicks on faculty cars. They followed it up this year with a high school-wide laxative prank dubbed The Brown Out. The first season was honored with a Peabody Award citing its “surprisingly insightful rumination on contemporary life.” The show currently holds a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The internet was not pleased with the announcement. Variety’s Caroline Framke complained, “American Vandal was so smart and insightful about Teens and Social Media Today in a way that literally no other TV show even tries.” Others are questioning Netflix’s decision to commit to less-raved about shows but cancel the smartest dick jokes on television. Recent cancellations include Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and All About the Washingtons. Orange is the New Black is also ending, but after seven seasons.
How the fuck did Fuller House get more seasons than American Vandal!?! https://t.co/2YDhJaW8z7
— Alex Musibay (@ANM90) October 26, 2018
The series touched upon topics that resonate hard with tech-infused youngsters in a way that only ever exceeded your expectations. On season 2, the use of a particular emoticon and a common iPhone update glitch became a sticking point in the entire investigation. Framke tweeted, “Oh, your show’s texts pop up onscreen? That’s cute. American Vandal…examined how social media shapes lives with actual empathy.”
However, hope is alive for the show to get revived elsewhere. Vulture reports that the show’s producer CBS Studios have already received multiple inquiries from other outlets to pick up a third season. CBS’s All Access streaming service is even a possibility, although the show is way too raunchy to ever live on broadcast television.
There are a plethora of bodily fluids and juvenile depictions of body parts that have yet to be explored for the next big high school prank. Or Peter and Sam could take their crime-solving to the collegiate level! For now, we will mourn the loss of one of the low-key smartest comedies on TV.
American Vandal was so smart and insightful about Teens And Social Media Today in a way that literally no other TV show even tries. Would LOVE for the series to get a third go, but if not, thx for the memories, ya dicks
— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) October 26, 2018
American Vandal is canceled because none of us deserve to have nice things.
— Hannah Orenstein (@hannahorens) October 26, 2018
The cancellation of American Vandal is the Red Wedding of my personal life ty
— Carrie Wittmer (@carriesnotscary) October 26, 2018
netflix cancelled american vandal pic.twitter.com/DVBYbPthal
— keke salvatore (@soyaslut) October 26, 2018