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It may lack some of the sparkle of its forerunner, The People v OJ Simpson, but this rather glossy take on the events leading up to the fashion designer's murder in July 1997 continues to be fascinating.
For those who thought (as did I) that it was a bit of a fuss in 1997 over a dead frock-jockey, the nine-part drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will prove a surprisingly necessary corrective.
Versace is truly Murphy at his finest - it's scarier than American Horror Story, with dark humor à la Nip/Tuck and dotted with his signature camp featuring a heavy dose of glamour and the grotesque. And yes, I think it's better than Simpson.
Television has seen so many crime shows, and so many serial killers, that most viewers are numbed by the deaths of their victims. Versace's greatest strength as a series is the way it makes you care again.
Writer Tom Rob Smith, who adapted the screenplay from Maureen Orth's book about Versace and Cunanan, and director Ryan Murphy have paid only lip service to the fashion industry and Versace's role in it.