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: 93


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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".

Cast & Crew

David Schwimmer
Robert Kardashian
John Travolta
Robert Shapiro
Nathan Lane
F. Lee Bailey
Sarah Paulson
Marcia Clark
Courtney B. Vance
Johnnie Cochran
Bruce Greenwood
Gil Garcetti
Sterling K. Brown
Christopher Darden
Kenneth Choi
Judge Lance Ito
Nina Jacobson
Executive Producer
Larry Karaszewski
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Brad Simpson
Executive Producer
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Scott Alexander
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for American Crime Story The People v. O.J. Simpson

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (47)

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…

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…

The series feels hyper-real, hypnotic, and more relevant now than ever.

Jan 25, 2016 | Full Review…

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

  • Apr 26, 2021
    "If the glove doesn't be fit, then you must acquit." This re-enactment of the moments that lead up to the trial, as well as the trial itself is damn near perfect. The accuracy of retelling history is very important here, and the writers make sure that they execute, with the relationship between Clark and Dardin even being portrayed correctly. This has got to be Sarah Paulson's most compelling performance of her career. Anyone who's a fan of AHS needs to give this installment from Ryan Murphy, Falchuk, and friends a watch. Hats off to the writers/creators Larry Karaszewski & Scott Alexander.
  • Mar 30, 2021
    Famous people abound in this liberally written and acted docudrama. Can't believe these solid actors agreed to star in this flick. It improves as it goes along, but so much of it is simply fictional. It's hard to see such an important travesty of justice treated in this trivial fashion.
  • Mar 27, 2021
    Good, informative and at times even slightly humorous Account of the O.J. Simpson case is thoroughly watchable, but the quality of the performances are variable from excellent (Paulson, Brown) to campy (Travolta, Gooding Jr.).
  • Jan 04, 2021
    A thrilling and well done piece of pulp fiction. Murphy at his best.
  • Jan 01, 2021
    the verdict was never the end game. the show is gripping even in its slowest moments. must watch, even for those who think they know about the case.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    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 07, 2020
    This is the best criminal show to watch right now on Netflix or FX. The direction was fantastic, the cinematography was beautiful, the casting was perfect and I'm so glad they finally made a real life crime TV show true to the story without being offensive and over the top. It is not a show for everyone, due to a slower pace focusing on the court sessions, but It wasn't bored slow. I was actually on the edge of my seat, tense and into it. The reason its slower because it focuses deeply on all of these characters, which is what I care about the most (who wants a movie where a character you don't care about dies or stays alive). My favorite part is the acting, mainly to Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, she was a very competitive and emotional character that hit me hard at some points of the show. *SPOILERS* Even if you know what happened like the White Bronco chase, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.", and O.J. putting on the glove, it's very tense because the TV show recreates those moments, perfectly. This show was truly perfect and there was nothing wrong I can find.
  • 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!

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