Emmys exclusive: Netflix’s ballsy ‘American Vandal’ satire safely enters Best Limited Series races

Who drew the dicks? The Emmys want to know! The Netflix/CBS Television Studios co-production “American Vandal” has found a home at the 2018 Emmys in the category of Best Limited Series, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. This hilarious satire straddles several category placements — is it a comedy? a limited series? a documentary? — but the campaigners ultimately decided to enter the limited series races, and the TV academy has obliged.

It makes sense to submit here, since this is where the Critics’ Choice Awards nominated “American Vandal” earlier this year for both Best Limited Series and Best Actor Jimmy Tatro. Netflix has ordered a second season of the “Making a Murderer” spoof, which will debut sometime in 2018. Since Season 2 will focus on an entirely new story and cast, that puts it in the same genre as other limited series like “Fargo,” “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story.”

Season 1 of “American Vandal” focuses on Tatro’s high school student Dylan Maxwell, who is accused of vandalizing the parking lot by drawing penises on cars. His fellow students all believe that he’s guilty, but is there more to the story? All eight half-hours streamed September 15, 2017 on Netflix, with cheeky episode titles such as “Hard Facts,” “A Limp Alibi,” “Premature Theories” and “Gag Order.”

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TV critics fell in love with the first edition of “American Vandal.” Here are just a few of their burning reviews:

Steve Greene (Indiewire): “Sophomoric at times, but painstakingly constructed throughout, it’s a thrilling mystery that feels true–from start to finish–to the real-life stories that inspired it.”

Shirley Li (Entertainment Weekly): “Think Documentary Now! without the starry lineups, or Andy Samberg’s faux sports documentaries without as many tangents–and better yet, they manage to make a high-school dramedy work around the “documentary” itself. All in all, it’s an impressive tightrope walk.”

Robert Lloyd (Los Angeles Times): “It’s as engrossing as the series it set out to satirize and moving in ways you would not expect.”

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