HBO is offering more free content to viewers. The cable network has made the entire first season of the sketch comedy show Random Acts of Flyness avalible for free on Youtube, according to Entertainment Weekly. The move comes after the network similarly made Watchmen available for no charge until June 21st.
Random Acts of Flyness was created by Terrence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) in 2018. The series defines genre classification as it mixes elements of sketch, documentary, talk show, and animation through a unique stream-of-consciousness narrative. According to EW, Nance himself has trouble classifying the show. He stated, “I just make it. I don’t really have words for it. If I could describe [it], I probably wouldn’t make it because the act of making it is an attempt to articulate stuff that I don’t have words for.”
Nance does not shy away from portraying the horror and beauty of the black experience in America. There have been sketches dealing with police brutality, cultural appropriation, and black face. HBO’s free release of the series comes at a time of heightened racial awareness in America after a wave of Black Lives Matter protest earlier in the month.
On Twitter, Nance stated, “It seems like everyday people ask me if and when Random Acts of Flyness will come back. I suspect their curiosity is due to the fact that Program I was born of conversations that were moving at light speed in 2018 and have orbited around an unquantifiable mass of violence.” He continued, “I feel like watching Random Acts will be useful now because it seems like everyday people ask me, ‘T, where is Season II at?’ and I say, ‘outside.'”