One of, if not the most, captivating trials in American history is now being portrayed on FX at 9 p.m. every Tuesday.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson is a new drama by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and is being produced by one of FX’s most prized creators in Ryan Murphy, who is most notably known as the creator of American Horror Story.
This series is part of FX’s new anthology series called American Crime Story, which will portray a different crime from American history every season. The show has aired two episodes so far and I think it is amazing.
The all-star cast includes John Travolta, whose performance as famous attorney Robert Shapiro has critics turned off because as Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Travolta has built a mesmerizingly bad performance from the eyebrows down.” I personally think he’s been great. Travolta goes all out, and somewhat over the top in portraying Shapiro. When Travolta goes all in like he does in Pulp Fiction or Grease, I love it, but I know some don’t.
Sarah Paulson from plays prosecuter Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer plays Robert Kardashian and Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the former NFL star, O.J. Simpson. Quite frankly, there is not a bad performance in the cast. Even Courtney B. Vance, a lesser known actor compared to the main cast, gives an amazing take on O.J.’s trial lawyer, Johnny Cochran.
In typical Ryan Murphy fashion, there are some over the top aspects. The story has cutaways from the plot to show the Kardashians as kids getting there first taste of fame by hearing their names on television — which may be a little fabricated.
There are also long conversations that serve as data dumps of information between characters, letting the viewers know how famous O.J. was, that are also a little over the top. Nonetheless, these small quibbles are not enough to damage how well done this show is.
Last week’s episode was on the infamous Bronco chase, and it was so well done that I often times found myself forgetting I was watching a fictional recount of the situation.
As someone who is obsessed with crime stories and court room drama, the O.J. story is about as good as it can get and I highly recommend watching the series. I highly recommend you check this out if you don’t know anything about the O.J. storyline; the story is so dramatic you’ll be questioning whether this really happened.