American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

Winner of Outstanding Limited Series at the Golden Glones, the first season of Ryan Murphy's anthology series follows the criminal case revolving around OJ Simpson (played by Cuba Gooding Jr). Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, and Sterling K. Brown each picked up an Emmy for their roles, starring alongside John Travolta and David Schwimmer.

Best Television Limited Series & Actress (Paulson), Golden Globes 2017; Outstanding Limited Series, Lead Actor (Vance), Lead Actress (Paulson), Supporting Actor (Brown), Writing, Casting, Hairstyling, Single-Camera Picture Editing & Sound Mixing, Emmys 2016
2016USA
CrimeDramaTrue Story & Biography

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EPISODE 1.1

From the Ashes of Tragedy

In the series premiere, investigators visit the home of O.J. Simpson following the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

EPISODE 1.2

The Run of His Life

O.J. Simpson goes missing in the white Bronco and Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian battle the fallout while the D.A.'s office and the LAPD go searching for O.J.

EPISODE 1.3

The Dream Team

Marcia reveals O.J. has been charged; Robert Shapiro seeks advice from F. Lee Bailey, creates a provocative strategy, and tries to convince O.J. to hire Johnnie Cochran.

EPISODE 1.4

100% Not Guilty

As jury selection gets underway, the entrance of Johnnie Cochran adds an interesting energy to the case.

EPISODE 1.5

The Race Card

Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran face off in court. Chris has doubts about Mark Fuhrman as a witness. The jury visits the crime scene.

EPISODE 1.6

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

As Marcia Clark juggles her home and work obligations, she starts to feel the public scrutiny of her appearance.

EPISODE 1.7

Conspiracy Theories

Some conspiracy theories concerning the case start to circulate. The prosecution talk about whether they should have O.J. Simpson try on the glove on in court.

EPISODE 1.8

A Jury in Jail

Months into the trial, cut off from their families, society and the media, the jurors grow stir crazy and start becoming unlikely targets for the prosecution and the defense. Meanwhile, the country is introduced to... MORE the science of DNA evidence.

EPISODE 1.9

Manna from Heaven

Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey head across the country to get their hands on the Mark Fuhrman tapes. Judge Ito must decide whether the tapes, and the racial epithets they contain, are admissible.

EPISODE 1.10

The Verdict

In the season finale, the prosecution and defense make their closing statements; the jurors deliberate; and the verdict is given.

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson / Reviews

Collider

Collider

American Crime Story still has to live, to some extent, in the shadow of the real events it portrays, but so far it seems to navigate the weight of those memories and cultural touchstones in a highly engaging, incredibly frustrating, and occasionally wonderful way.

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Variety

Variety

Arresting from the get-go, the performances in this limited series are almost uniformly superb (with one glaring exception).

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The series is not, in the first six episodes sent to critics, crude or cartoonish but ideologically and emotionally nuanced, with each episode providing a shift in perspective, as if turning a daisy wheel of empathy.

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Vox

Vox

n some episodes, it's really good, and even when not everything clicks, it's relentlessly addictive, returning the primacy to a story that was ceded to the tabloids long ago. The miniseries digs deeper than you'd expect, poking at the messy intersections of race, gender, and class that so much TV still shies away from, and it will remind you, time and again, of bits and pieces of the trial you'd completely forgotten about.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Simpson so skillfully shapes each personality that in just a few episodes, they almost stop being real people and become televisual characters. It feels less like a true-crime miniseries and more like a rich, layered legal drama, and ironically, the fictional patina makes it easier to engage with and invest in a story the audience assumes it knows inside and out.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Through six episodes, it's on track to be one of the best first seasons of television ever made, especially considering the cultural climate surrounding its release.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Overall, this is not a piece designed to “expose” the truth behind the OJ Simpson case. It’s more about how exposed the case was in the first place. It’s also just flat-out entertaining television, filled with strong performances from top to bottom and razor-sharp writing.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

An enthralling recollection of a tragic mess with a long legacy, The People v. O.J. Simpson fits our moment like a glove.

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Salon

Salon

If there is just one thing that The People v. O.J. Simpson is, it’s maddening. Fascinating and involved and nuanced and sympathetic, too.

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