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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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Top Rated TV #174 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 57 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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 Kathleen Blanco 10 episodes, 2018
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 Michael D. Brown 10 episodes, 2018
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 George W. Bush 10 episodes, 2018
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 Arnelle Simpson 9 episodes, 2016
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 Jason Simpson 9 episodes, 2016
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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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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2 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Katrina: American Crime Story  »

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Season one stars David Schwimmer and Selma Blair, who play Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner, both previously appeared in the Friends (1994) episode Friends: The One with Christmas in Tulsa (2002). However, this series was the first time they shared any screen time together. 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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Evocative and Powerful
3 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

The case of O.J. Simpson is one that received wide scale media coverage and attention with the events being closely followed by many and is now the topic of season 1 of FX's new biographical crime drama, American Crime Story. However despite this, this show manages to remain just as gripping and haunting as the case was in real life.

The acting is across the board incredibly strong with not a weak performance among the main ensemble; Cuba Gooding Jr. and John Travolta in particular stand out. The writing is sharp, never is it overly formulaic or mundane but understandable and real, tension is built tremendously from the dialogue alone. But above all the direction is excellent, the tone is established straight from the beginning and it is crafted to such a high quality.

There is rarely a dull or wasted moment throughout, the story and pacing remains tight with no parts lacking in comparison to the soaring heights. The show, as said in the title of this review, is both evocative and powerful. The some of it's parts truly do this story justice and will more than likely stir something within you that compels you to keep watching and to examine this story in much more detail. As far as crime dramas go, this feels, to a certain extent, rather fresh and different in comparison to what has come before.

The show looks set to keep reaching new heights and it is off a magnificent start.


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