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American Crime Story 

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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.
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2020   2018   2016  
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 93 wins & 120 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Sarah Paulson ...  Marcia Clark / ... 18 episodes, 2016-2020
Annaleigh Ashford ...  Paula Jones / ... 13 episodes, 2018-2020
Sterling K. Brown ...  Christopher Darden 10 episodes, 2016
Kenneth Choi ...  Judge Lance Ito 10 episodes, 2016
Christian Clemenson ...  Bill Hodgman 10 episodes, 2016
Cuba Gooding Jr. ...  O.J. Simpson 10 episodes, 2016
Bruce Greenwood ...  Gil Garcetti 10 episodes, 2016
Nathan Lane ...  F. Lee Bailey 10 episodes, 2016
David Schwimmer ...  Robert Kardashian 10 episodes, 2016
John Travolta ...  Robert Shapiro 10 episodes, 2016
Courtney B. Vance ...  Johnnie Cochran 10 episodes, 2016
Darren Criss ...  Andrew Cunanan 9 episodes, 2018
Dale Godboldo ...  Carl E. Douglas 9 episodes, 2016
Ariel D. King ...  Arnelle Simpson 9 episodes, 2016
Tye White ...  Jason Simpson 9 episodes, 2016
Angel Parker ...  Shawn Chapman 8 episodes, 2016
Beanie Feldstein ...  Monica Lewinsky 8 episodes, 2020
Clive Owen ...  William Jefferson Clinton 8 episodes, 2020
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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD's history with the city's African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt. Written by FX Networks

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The trial isn't the whole story. This is.

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Trivia

Susan Beaubian, who plays juror Armanda Cooley in season one of the series, previously starred in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) as Mrs. Nordberg, the wife of Detective Nordberg, who was played by O.J. Simpson. See more »

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In re-enacted freeway scenes, numbered exit signs can be seen. California didn't begin to number freeway exits until 2002, after the events depicted. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/Future (2016) See more »

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Fascinating story with a serious casting mistake
4 July 2016 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

When I read the critic's reviews of this fascinating portrayal of the trial of OJ Simpson, the most common complaint was John Travolta's performance. So I was expecting to find it a bad, cheesy performance and everyone else to be great.

Instead, I thought Travolta did an excellent job as a supercilious attorney who finds himself increasingly outside his own case. True, Travolta has had so much plastic surgery that he looks like he was sewn together by a dollmaker, but his performance is, while not as notable as the really terrific performances by Nathan Lane and, more surprisingly, David Schwimmer, it's a solid performance.

The truly awful performance is by Cuba Gooding as O.J.

When I watched the movie, I thought Gooding seemed wrong based on my vague memories of O.J. I'm not a sports fan, I didn't follow the trial, which at the time I thought of as just another lurid celebrity crime, and I'd only seen Simpson in a small part in a movie years ago. I thought Gooding's whiny, unpleasant, crybaby performance seemed untrue to that memory, but I couldn't be sure.

Then I watched the terrific documentary series. O.J., Made in America, and I realized that Gooding was really horrible. He lacked O.J.'s famous charm, and instead came across as ineffectual where the documentary portrays O.J. as a strong force in his own defense.

If you've never seen Simpson at all, perhaps the performance would seem fine, but it's an absolutely wretched performance from the point of view of verisimilitude. It's easily the biggest flaw in an otherwise gripping portrayal.

Why the critics didn't notice that I can't say.


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2 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story See more »

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