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: 92


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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 (92) | 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…
Top Critic

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 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…

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

  • May 25, 2020
    "The People V O.J Simpson: American Crime Story" is gripping, interesting and hopeless. You can tell it has a lot of research and preparation. The cast is very well chosen, but Sarah Paulson shows us that she is a wonderful, excellent and special actress who knows how to treat and perform the character, in this case to a real and living person, which adds an extra weight that she knows how to handle very well.
  • May 10, 2020
    - good acting (Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran & Sarah Paulsen as Marcia Clark) - thought provoking (legal system, influence on the jury, medial/press on this case) -a lot details -thrilling & addictive -bit cheesy -sometimes shallow presentation of some of the sticking points/moral topics the show deals with (could dive even deeper in)
  • May 08, 2020
    Cinematography was fantastic, as well as all of the performances. The dull tones and visuals of this season greatly conveyed its hard-boiled, legal-type drama status. Great watch and thoroughly investing.
  • Apr 27, 2020
    The actual judgement never becomes the main point of the series. The makers make sure you are with them throughout the journey of this case. The performances are mind-blowing especially sarah paulson as marcia Clark was terrific. Even though u know how it will turn out to be, u never loose intrest and stick to ur tv until the judgement. It also depicts that how far a human morality could go to prove something in his/her favor. The series also addresses the blurred(but aware then) situation of women in law and police dept. One of the best mini series I've ever watched
  • Mar 27, 2020
    From the casting to the dialogue, from the make up to the set design, this is nothing short of phenomenal.
  • Mar 26, 2020
    An engaging and well-balanced exploration of one of the most charged court cases in American history, well-made from any perspective that you care to consider. Seeing the legal antics that transpired in the Simpson case in all their retrospective infamy is as much a criticism of the US judicial system as any purpose-made satire.
  • 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.

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