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Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders (2017)



Critic Consensus: Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders benefits from a standout performance from Edie Falco that proves captivating enough to compensate for a staid approach to potentially drama-rich material.


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The sensational 1989 case in which two brothers were charged with slaying their parents is dramatized in the eight-episode first season of this anthology series. In the series premiere, Jose and Kitty Menendez (Carlos Gomez, Lolita Davidovich) are found murdered in their upscale Beverly Hills home. Their eldest son, Lyle (Miles Gaston Villanueva), maintains a stoic appearance while his younger brother, Erik (Gus Halper), struggles to deal with overwhelming grief. As detectives Les Zoeller (Sam Jaeger) and Tom Linehan (Cliff Chamberlain) search for the killers, evidence begins to suggest that Lyle and Erik may be the prime suspects. Meanwhile, a tenacious and energetic defense attorney, Leslie Abramson (Edie Falco), takes an interest in the case. Subsequent episodes focus on the people involved in the notorious case, exploring the crime and the media around it, along with the daily battles waged during the trial and revealing little-known truths about what happened behind the scenes.


Edie Falco
as Leslie Abramson
Gus Halper
as Erik Menendez
Heather Graham
as Judalon Smyth
Josh Charles
as Dr. Jerome Oziel
Anthony Edwards
as Judge Weisberg
Sam Jaeger
as Les Zoeller
Mark Moses
as Gil Garcetti
Elizabeth Reaser
as Deputy District Attorney Pam Bozanich
Cliff Chamberlain
as Tom Linehan
Harry Hamlin
as Barry Levin
Carlos Gomes
as Jose Menendez
Julianne Nicholson
as Jill Lansing
Lolita Davidovich
as Kitty Menendez
Chris Bauer
as Tim Rutten
Constance Marie
as Marta Cano
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True Crime isn't about the Menendez brothers at all. It's about their lawyer.

September 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What results is an oddly watchable combination of Law & Order and American Crime Story.

September 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This dull true crime drama feels like an attempt to do what Ryan Murphy did for O.J. without any of the creative spark.

October 25, 2017 | Full Review…

With a subject as lurid and timely as this one, why not throw out the procedural rulebook and have some fun?

September 27, 2017 | Full Review…

It's pure dramatization, resting entirely on audience interest in this case alone. And its conceptions of the characters are disappointingly flat.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Just don't expect any style points or departures from the straight ahead Wolf playbook.

September 26, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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