It’s the million dollar question. Did O.J. Simpson do it? Did he brutally murder his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman? Did the blood trails, DNA evidence, and multiple incidents of domestic abuse find him guilty of these malicious crimes? FX explores the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial of 1995 in one of its newest hits, The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story.
Although the heinous crime occurred nearly twenty-one years ago, the writers, creators, and producers of this hit drama series did such an incredible job, that it seemed even more credible now than it did back in 1995. From the nation-wide televised white Bronco police car chase to the flawless choice of casting, the writers made sure not to miss a single detail of this highly televised crime.
As the series unfolds, the writers explore topics that still haunt the United States today including racism, sexism, and the biased treatment of celebrities. Viewers can expect to see dauntingly accurate depictions of some of the most famous trial moments, and an inside view into the personal lives of O.J. Simpson as well as those of his “Dream Team” including his close friend, Robert Kardashian. One aspect that I especially enjoyed about watching each episode was how close the writers stuck to the truth throughout the entire series.
The TV series received a great deal of praise for its performances, directing, and writing racking up twenty-two Emmy nominations, and winning nine of them, including an award for an Outstanding Limited Series. So what’s the verdict? Although we all know, the finale to this infamous crime story (spoiler alert: O.J. was acquitted) , I found the show guilty in producing a marvelous and on-point representation of this drama-filled thriller.
As an afterthought, checkout Buzzfeed’s reflective recap of The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story.
– Eleanor Raether