There has never been a shortage of legal shows on television. Law & Order is one of the longest standing series ever to grace the silver screen. It is currently in its 20th season! Its success has spawned ahost of spin-offs and imitations. One thing is very clear—Americans are obsessed with legal television shows.
FX has recently edged in on the action with the debut of their new series American Crime Story, which is an anthology series which will be detailing true American crimes. The first famous case to be covered by the series is the trial of O.J. Simpson
The source material for FX’s television show comes from Jeffery Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which is itself based on the historical events surrounding the murder trial of one O.J. Simpson.
The 6-episode television mini-series picks up in episode one, “From the Ashes of Tragedy,” with the discovery of the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. It aired on February 2, 2016, with 5.11 million viewers watching.
The series stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson has already met with apositive critical response, so much so that a second season detail the events following Hurricane Katrina has already been greenlit.
For individuals interested in the curious and often confusing circumstances surrounding the trial of O.J. Simpson, or for individuals interested in the workings of the legal system, American Crime Story promises to be an excellent watch.
For those old enough to remember the summer of 1994, they likely recall the story of O.J. Simpson dominating the attention of the nation. American Crime Story promises to be anevocative recreation of those shocking months.