A fecal finale of American Vandal somehow turns a season about poop into a commentary on a generation

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What started off feeling like a less ambitious, more juvenile season of American Vandal slowly revealed itself to be something much greater and more unexpected. The saga of the Turd Burglar is not just about Mrs. Montgomery getting covered in shit or T-shirts launched with cat feces on them. It’s also about an entire…

A kiss with tongue, a canceled skip day, and a broken friendship on American Vandal

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What people who dismiss American Vandal as just puerile humor miss is that it’s much smarter than it looks from the outside. Yes, it has funny poop jokes. And lots of poop jokes. And more poop jokes. But as this episode proved, the writers are also willing to wade into the complex territory of social politics and high…

Forced confessions and forced turds battle for air in American Vandal’s 2nd episode

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The second episode of the new season of American Vandal deepened the mystery of the story of the Turd Burglar, first feeling like a riff on Making a Murderer in its examination of false confessions, but ending with Sam’s theory that maybe Kevin ‘Shit Stain’ McClain’s confession wasn’t false after all. We also learn…

HBO expands the world of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects but keeps its dramatic core intact

2006’s Sharp Objects announced Gillian Flynn as a major talent on the literary thriller scene. It was no surprise that she built on the success of that critically acclaimed and best-selling debut with Gone Girl and Dark Places, both turned into feature films already. But it was her first book that HBO deemed worthy of…