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


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

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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.



Critic Ratings: 91


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Tv Season Info

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".


Cuba Gooding Jr.
as O.J. Simpson
Bruce Greenwood
as Gil Garcetti
Sarah Paulson
as Marcia Clark
David Schwimmer
as Robert Kardashian
John Travolta
as Robert Shapiro
Courtney B. Vance
as Johnnie Cochran
Connie Britton
as Faye Resnick
Sterling K. Brown
as Christopher Darden
Nathan Lane
as F. Lee Bailey
Kenneth Choi
as Judge Lance Ito
Dale Godboldo
as Carl Douglas
Chris Bauer
as Det. Tom Lange
Evan Handler
as Alan Dershowitz
Cheryl Ladd
as Linell Shapiro
Billy Magnussen
as Kato Kaelin
Michael McGrady
as Det. Philip Vannatter
Rob Morrow
as Barry Scheck
Selma Blair
as Kris Kardashian
Angel Parker
as Shawn Chapman
Jordana Brewster
as Denise Brown
Chris Conner
as Jeff Toobin
Keesha Sharp
as Dale Cochran
Romy Rosemont
as Jill Shively
Kwame Patterson
as Michael Darden
Steven Pasquale
as Mark Fuhrman
Leonard Roberts
as Dennis Schatzman
Duane Shepard Sr.
as Pops Darden
Joseph Siravo
as Fred Goldman
Bonita Friedericy
as Patty Goldman
Robert Morse
as Dominick Dunne
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Critic Reviews for American Crime Story The People v. O.J. Simpson

All Critics (91) | 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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The series feels hyper-real, hypnotic, and more relevant now than ever.

Jan 25, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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 cast is phenomenal. And Murphy's campiest, most over-the-top instincts are effectively and amazingly tempered by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Oct 16, 2018 | 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…

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…

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

  • Dec 22, 2019
    very gripping. not a waste of time
  • Nov 24, 2019
    OMG! Season Two so fabulous! Darren Criss is a dream!
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Gripping from beginning to end. Brilliant writing, directing. Fantastic acting from everyone, especially Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson. This has gone down as one of my favourite TV shows of all time. I loved every minute of every episode. Yes we knew how it was going to end. But don't take that away from this amazing series.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    A perfectly executed retelling of one of the most controversial trials in American history. The pacing and editing delivered a story that was both parts accurate and an emotional roller coaster. The cast also delivered layered performances from the likes of Courtney B. Vance and the surprisingly impressive David Schwimmer. This series displays the potential product of everyone involved committing their best efforts in creating powerful and exciting drama.
  • Jul 29, 2019
    Some of the most terrifyingly accurate portrayals of a double homicide investigation & court trial that — for various reasons — was impossible for this country's public to look away from. Not only was the police investigation riddled with mistakes made by incompetent officers, openly racist lead detectives (Mark Furman), but the trial itself never failed to entertain a captivated public, with each new twist and turn throughout the ever-changing-rollercoaster-ride in terms of what we could regard as "facts," the only possible issue some people might have with this dramatization series by Ryan Murphy is that captures the entire circus of events & all of the main characters TOO ACCURATELY — which can at times make one feel guilty for so much entertainment in one of the most mishandled trials in recent history that was *supposed to provide justice for the two murder victims.* But as we all remember the (embarrassing & shameful) ‘90's, the public's (and LAPD's) desire to see the murderer of Nicole Brown + Ron Goldman found guilty in a court of law somehow evaporated from the moment our television broadcasts were all interrupted to show us a white Bronco fleeing police on a California interstate; the addictive nature of the "story" had somehow transcended from breaking news into our society's next big source of entertainment. The fact that this series has to navigate such understandably sensitive waters, (and accomplishes the task brilliantly), while also being committed to including new or lesser-known aspects of the case — in particular one very interesting bottle episode that focuses only on the jury members for an entire hour — is nothing short of impressive. Ryan Murphy has made some great television in his lifetime, and honestly he could have retired after his best season of TV in his career, American Horror Story Season 2: Asylum, and his legacy would've held up as a stellar body of work. Murphy has churned out countless other projects & a few other (pretty good, but for the most part yikes), seasons of AHS etc., though it's very possible this might end up being the showrunner's most memorable and commendable accomplishment. No small task.
  • Jun 10, 2019
    Holy shit, you have to see this
  • Jun 09, 2019
    I expected slightly more from all the hype I had heard. It was interesting to see the intricacies of such a high profile case, but as we all knew the outcome, it lacked drama towards the end when it needed it.
  • Apr 20, 2019
    With an organized episode direction, a clever and wonderful script, impeccable makeup, and an exceptional and charming cast, which includes Sterling K. Brown, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nathan Lane, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, John Travolta, and Courtney B. Vance, American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson is simply extraordinary
  • Mar 20, 2019
    While the OJ case will always be a popular and socially dividing topic, "The People v. OJ" covers both the biggest and smallest moments through the trials and controversies with some brilliant writing and award-winning performances - even if some of the actors don't look like the people they are portraying.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    As escolhas para os atores desta temporada foram acertadas, uma vez que os mesmos eram semelhantes aos envolvidos na história real. O enredo foi narrado com uma precisão e um profissionalismo notáveis.

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