TV Club: Documentary Now! season finale plays its parody as real

Since its pilot—an eerily accurate parody of the the 1975 documentary Grey GardensDocumentary Now! has been an ambitious undertaking for co-creators Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas. Every week promises a completely new subject and form as the IFC series works its way through various seminal documentaries and satirizes them with such specificity that it’s sometimes easy to forget the documentaries of Documentary Now! are faked. They’re not really mockumentaries in the traditional sense. There are no smiles or winks at the camera. And the Documentary Now! team isn’t mocking so much as unpacking. There’s a sense that everyone on board has a strong love of film, and that reverence comes through in the attention to detail. But at the same time, the parodies find ways to not only pay tribute but also critique some of the specific conventions and motivations …

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