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Netflix Just Canceled American Vandal, and It's a True Crime

The streaming giant pulled the plug on the poop jokes after two seasons

Keisha Hatchett

Here's some unsettling news that's sure to ruin your day:American Vandal has been canceled! Yep, Netflix pulled the plug on the satirical comedy after two seasons, according to Deadline, and we're not OK.

"American Vandal will not return for a third season," the streaming giant said in a statement. "We're very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix, and to the fans and critics who embraced its unique and unconventional humor."

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The news is surprising when you consider that both seasons of the mockumentary have been well-received by fans and critics alike. But American Vandal was also produced by an outside studio -- CBS TV Studios -- and Netflix has been canceling a number of programs it doesn't produce. (For what it's worth, The Hollywood Reportersays the studio is shopping the series elsewhere.)

The first season of the series, which parodied the ever-popular true-crime genre, followed a high school student accused of drawing penises on the cars of faculty members. Bizarre plot aside, the series proved it was more than just one long dick joke, offering up a deep exploration of the hardships of being a teen in high school and quickly became a favorite on the streaming platform.

Season 2, which was released earlier this year, enlisted the same tactic but centered on spiked lemonade that caused a large portion of an entirely new student body to literally poop their pants. Sure, the format stayed relatively the same, but it was effective and never felt stale. The series was smart, funny and will surely be missed.

Catch both seasons of American Vandal streaming now on Netflix.


Griffin Gluck, Tyler Alvarez; American Vandal

Griffin Gluck, Tyler Alvarez; American Vandal

Scott Patrick Green / Netflix