O.J. Simpson and the trial that kept everyone glued to their TVs 20 years ago will once again be center stage when American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson premieres at 10 p.m. on FX. The 10-episode docudrama stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, and early reviews are stellar. Given viewers’ recent obsession with Making a Murderer, The People vs. O.J. Simpson is sure to be a hit.
O.J. Simpson’s story is told through the eyes of Jeffrey Toobin. The series is based on a book titled The Run of His Life that was written by Toobin, which the Week says is “widely regarded as one of the best and most credible nonfiction accounts of the O.J. Simpson trial.” And despite the fact that despite the 24/7 coverage of the real case in 1995, the trailer declares that fans “don’t know the half of it.”
American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson presents the trial and how it was influenced by Simpson’s celebrity status and his race. We are shown the racial tension of L.A. at the time, including the heated response to the Rodney King beating and the relationship between O.J. Simpson’s trial, and that racial tension is a theme of the show. The fact that the racial tension that existed then and is portrayed in The People vs. O.J. Simpson still exists today is just one element of the show that will make the 20-year-old case work for today’s audience.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson goes beyond O.J. Simpson, though, and looks at the lawyers and their interactions outside the courtroom. Racial and gender-based tension in society is reflected in the relationships between the attorneys in the Simpson trial. Egos come into play and deep relationships are created in the show as they were in the course of the trial. The People vs. O.J. Simpson looks at it all.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, and Courtney M. Vance as Johnny Cochran.
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