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If the show's later episodes presented Cunanan's story in a more subjective light, the retelling of these events might have been worthwhile. Instead, all we get is information we already knew, packaged in the bleak veneer of a serial-killer procedural.
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.
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.
The circumstances around Gianni Versace's murder may have been categorized by silence, but American Crime Story's take on Cunanan's killing sprees is one of the loudest and boldest sagas on television.
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.
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.