American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016)

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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson brings top-shelf writing, directing, and acting to bear on a still-topical story while shedding further light on the facts -- and provoking passionate responses along the way.

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Critic Ratings: 93

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 2, 2016

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

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Air date: Feb 9, 2016

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.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2016

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

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Air date: Feb 23, 2016

Jury selection begins and jury experts are sought by the prosecution and defense teams. Elsewhere: Faye Resnick publishes a tell-all book, complicating the court proceedings.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2016

The trial begins and Christopher Darden and Johnie Cochran face off in court. Also: the jury visits the crime scene.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2016

Marcia Clark begins to face public scrutiny for her appearance.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2016

Conspiracy theories surface and the prosecution discusses having O.J. Simpson try on the gloves in court.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2016

The jurors grow stir crazy after spending months away from their families and being cut off from society and the media. Also: DNA evidence is introduced to the country.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2016

Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey go in search of the Mark Fuhrman tapes and Judge Ito decides if they're admissible.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2016

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

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Season 1 of this crime drama and anthology focuses on the O.J. Simpson murder trial as portrayed in Jeffrey Toobin's book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson".

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Critic Reviews for American Crime Story The People v. O.J. Simpson

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (39)

The performances here are amazing. Cuba Gooding Jr. is a ball of angry narcissism playing Simpson, and Sarah Paulson brings a wounded humanity as prosecutor Marcia Clark, who faced sexist insults for her appearance and underestimated the impact of race.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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Thoroughly absorbing through the first six episodes made available for review, it fully lives up to the FX come-on: "You Don't Know the Half of It." This is true even for those who think they do.

Jan 29, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The series feels hyper-real, hypnotic, and more relevant now than ever.

Jan 25, 2016 | Full Review…
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The cast is the highlight here, with special nods toward Sarah Paulson's Marcia Clark and, shockingly, Mr. Travolta's portrayal of Shapiro, which is just enough parts measured and absurd to be a scene-stealer.

Jan 19, 2016 | Full Review…

There are numerous surprises, including how riveting the tale is in this telling.

Feb 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Alexander and Karaszewski have delivered a drama that's both as soapy as you'd expect from the man who created Nip/Tuck and surprisingly genuine as historical document.

Feb 2, 2016 | Full Review…

I would highly recommend these 10 hours of extraordinary TV, which makes for a great binge-watch. It includes some of the best acting I have seen this year, which deserves to be award-winning, and it is absolutely gripping.

Jul 1, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The protagonist's guilt or innocence is kind of beside the point. The show is about what happens when human nature meets mass media, a subject that is even more relevant today than it was back then.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

These and the other hard-hitting minor keys ring out loudly and clearly amidst the unseemly, undeniably compelling gladiatorial spectacle, and what elevates The People v OJ Simpson to the level of a masterpiece.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

With a solid cast, strong writing and direction and excellent production value this is ten hours worthy of your time.

Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

We may all know the ending, but the series looks to be packed with nail-biting tension, stand-out performances and compelling insights into one of the most infamous court cases in U.S. legal history.

Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A triumphant debut for American Crime Story. Powered by strong performances, the show offers a fascinating, riveting look at the complex cloud that engulfed a murder trial...

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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

  • 5d ago
    Far from a sleazy recount of high-profile opulence, The People V. O.J. Simpson is rich with accurate detail, and grapples with the complex social issues surrounding the trial.
  • Oct 12, 2020
    The accuracy and incredible intricacies portrayed shine through into every corner that they illuminate even the poorest parts of the series (which are hard to come by in the first place) Jaw-dropping, gripping, alluring. A heart aching story told in a work of cinematic beauty.
  • Sep 09, 2020
    Gripping, great acting, and best of all: It's a true story. Whether you like AHS, true crime stories, or just a look behind the scenes of a trial, you will probably love this as I did.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    The acting is flawless .. the best acting in a tv series ! Funny I watched it to see David Shwimmer, and finished all episodes the next day! Story wise, What a shame! It's CLEAR without any doubt the animal o j did it! This series for people to see the stupidity of jurying system in USA How come common people who had not been prepared through study and experience to have the final word in such complex sensitive crimes! Honestly its ridiculous!
  • May 25, 2020
    "The People V O.J Simpson: American Crime Story" is gripping, interesting and hopeless. You can tell it has a lot of research and preparation. The cast is very well chosen, but Sarah Paulson shows us that she is a wonderful, excellent and special actress who knows how to treat and perform the character, in this case to a real and living person, which adds an extra weight that she knows how to handle very well.
  • May 10, 2020
    - good acting (Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran & Sarah Paulsen as Marcia Clark) - thought provoking (legal system, influence on the jury, medial/press on this case) -a lot details -thrilling & addictive -bit cheesy -sometimes shallow presentation of some of the sticking points/moral topics the show deals with (could dive even deeper in)
  • May 08, 2020
    Cinematography was fantastic, as well as all of the performances. The dull tones and visuals of this season greatly conveyed its hard-boiled, legal-type drama status. Great watch and thoroughly investing.
  • Apr 27, 2020
    The actual judgement never becomes the main point of the series. The makers make sure you are with them throughout the journey of this case. The performances are mind-blowing especially sarah paulson as marcia Clark was terrific. Even though u know how it will turn out to be, u never loose intrest and stick to ur tv until the judgement. It also depicts that how far a human morality could go to prove something in his/her favor. The series also addresses the blurred(but aware then) situation of women in law and police dept. One of the best mini series I've ever watched
  • Mar 27, 2020
    From the casting to the dialogue, from the make up to the set design, this is nothing short of phenomenal.
  • Mar 26, 2020
    An engaging and well-balanced exploration of one of the most charged court cases in American history, well-made from any perspective that you care to consider. Seeing the legal antics that transpired in the Simpson case in all their retrospective infamy is as much a criticism of the US judicial system as any purpose-made satire.

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