Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. ... See full summary »
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD's history with the city's African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt. Written by
Sterling K. Brown, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden in season one, made many attempts to contact him and even accidentally called his cell phone at 3 am thinking it was a work number. However, Darden, did not wish to take part in the series, therefore Brown contacted Darden's daughter instead, who was happy to help. See more »
On the show, the judge at the preliminary hearing was played by a man. In reality the judge was a woman, Kathleen Kennedy Powell. See more »
The story's a downer, but my god is this good television!
As the O.J. Simpson trial unfolded, over the better part of a year, I was evidently of the age (14) where it just dragged on interminably. Every day the local news would have an update, more boring courtroom footage, etc. Honestly, the wicked jabs on "Seinfeld" over the years were more memorable to me. I'm just saying this because that's where I've stood for almost twenty years. It's never been something I wanted to revisit.
But you put together a cast like this, and even a I'll end up caving. No way around it.
That's the first thing that's impressive about "American Crime Story": they spared no expense in the casting department; every single player in the trial is a name actor.
But it's also the occasional song placement, every one of which takes me back to the mid-'90s. Even "Kiss From a Rose", but that can return from whence it came. It's little touches here and there that really brought 1995 roaring back. That's not cheap, either.
And getting back to the cast, they're all excellent, but it's especially Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance. Marcia Clark and Johnnie Cochran are the most important characters in this, and they're essential to bringing them to life. Oddly enough, it's Cuba Gooding Jr. that's, well, the weak link. His O.J. Simpson is always amped to the point of frenzy, emotions at surface in in full victim mode. It's out of place.
But even with that exception, this proved to be a highly-addictive series. The writing was always engrossing, the acting top-notch and succeeded (completely) in drawing me right into the courtroom drama.
There's nothing subtle about Ryan Murphy, but I'd recommend this to anyone.
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