Netflix has canceled American Vandal after only two seasons. The critically acclaimed true crime spoof just premiered Season 2 last month with a new intriguing storyline. The cancellation news comes after the streaming platform announced the cancellations of Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and All About the Washingtons, which are all shows from outside studios. However, sources say that CBS TV Studios has already received multiple offers to bring American Vandal back for Season 3. The show is currently in the early stages of developing the next season. Netflix had this to say in a statement.
"American Vandal will not return for a third season. 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."
American Vandal first premiered on Netflix in September 2017 to praise from critics and received a cult following for being able to pull off "dumb" humor in an intelligent manner. The streaming series is based off of Netflix's own Making a Murderer and HBO's The Jinx, except with a wildly different storyline. Instead of murder, Season 1 was a mystery about someone who vandalized 27 cars in a California high school's parking lot by drawing large penises on them. Right off the bat, the premise sounds flimsy, but co-creators Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda were able to pull it off successfully.
American Vandal Season 2 brought in an entirely different high school mystery, which was also praised by critics, though many agree that it wasn't as good as the first season. Instead of cars getting vandalized, a person who calls himself the Turd Burglar, dosed the cafeteria lemonade with laxatives, causing widespread explosive diarrhea at a private Catholic high school. Overall, Season 2 is a worthy companion to the first, though Netflix won't divulge viewership numbers.
American Vandal started when creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault got the idea to create a satire of true crime documentaries. The duo came up with the idea in 2016 and soon pitched it to Netflix who were impressed with the idea of a true crime spoof mixed with a high school comedy. In August of 2017, Netflix announced the show, and then it premiered the following month without much promotion and with little-known actors.
While American Vandal won't be coming back to Netflix for Season 3, it seems that it will get picked up in the near future, so expect some news on that shortly. With that being said, CBS All Access seems like the most likely place that the series will end up. So, while we wait for more news about the upcoming American Vandal Season 3, there's plenty of time to go back and revisit the first two seasons and ponder what the new season will tackle next. This news was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter.