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From the Ashes of Tragedy 

The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman lead the LAPD to the home of O.J. Simpson.


Ryan Murphy


Jeffrey Toobin (based on the book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" by), Scott Alexander (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling K. Brown ... Christopher Darden
Kenneth Choi ... Judge Lance Ito (credit only)
Christian Clemenson ... Bill Hodgman
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... O.J. Simpson
Bruce Greenwood ... Gil Garcetti
Nathan Lane ... F. Lee Bailey (credit only)
Sarah Paulson ... Marcia Clark
David Schwimmer ... Robert Kardashian
John Travolta ... Robert Shapiro
Courtney B. Vance ... Johnnie Cochran
Chris Bauer ... Detective Tom Lange
Selma Blair ... Kris Jenner
Jordana Brewster ... Denise Brown
Connie Britton ... Faye Resnick
Garrett M. Brown ... Lou Brown


The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman lead the LAPD to the home of O.J. Simpson.

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Biography | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

2 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Schwimmer (Robert Kardashian) and Ken Lerner (Howard Weizmann) previously worked together on Friends. Lerner appeared as the boring professor that Ross and Charlie ditch in season 9 episode 20. See more »


According to Marcia Clark, the phone call where OJ was informed of Nicole's death was slightly different. She says that the police officer told OJ that Nicole was "dead" and that Simpson's response was "who killed her?", something the police found suspicious since they had not specified that she had been murdered, as opposed to having died accidentally. See more »


Detective Phillip Van Atter: [on tape] O.J., when was the last time you saw Nicole?
O.J. Simpson: [on tape] Yesterday, when we were leaving our daughter's dance recital. It ended at about, uh, 6:30, 6:45, something like that.
Detective Phillip Van Atter: [on tape] And what time did you get back home?
O.J. Simpson: [on tape] Oh... 7:00-something. I'm trying to think... Did I leave? You know, I had to run and get my daughter, uh, recital flowers. Then I called by girlfriend Paula as I headed to her house. And Paula wasn't home.
Marcia Clark: What... what did he say? Did he buy flowers before or ...
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A very promising start, but with a few flaws
6 February 2016 | by Hunter_LoganSee all my reviews

Having not been alive during the Simpson trial, I am being introduced to the facts and circumstances of the phenomenon through this show, and I must say that what I'm seeing so far is extremely fascinating. The show tells the story without seeming too much like an episode of Law and Order, and they do so by focusing on many characters and showing snippets of their personal lives as well as their role in the trial. This works wonders most of the time, from portraying Marcia Clark as an overworked but ambitious prosecutor to enlightening all aspects of Simpson's flaws. The only misstep in this is the obvious, money-grabbing, "tweet about me" move of referencing the Kardashians. It happens multiple times, with vital scenes taking place in Kim's bedroom, completely taking away from the importance of the scene as we are subjected to her dated posters and reminded constantly of her relation to Simpson's lawyer. I realize Robert Kardashian is a main character in the show and of great importance to the trial, but the references are obvious pandering and do not fit into the story at all. Another obvious flaw of the show is its camera work. Its huge, swooping mobility has no place in such a delicate narrative, and I sincerely hope that it will not stick around for the entire series (I'm not sure if every episode will have the same director, but I hope it won't for this very reason). The performances, as a whole, are fantastic. Gooding gives a knock- out performance as Simpson (however I feel the show should center around him more, as they are treating him like some pawn in the trial rather than its protagonist), and Paulson is the other standout as Clark. Schwimmer is also good, but I haven't quite decided how I feel about Travolta's performance. He looks distracting and hasn't had many showy scenes, but he could end up giving a great performance as the show goes on. The rest of the ensemble haven't had much time to prove themselves, but so far they've been superb. Overall, I look forward to continuing the show. Its writing is perfection, its performances are spot on, and it knows how to rack up drama while staying true to its characters and to reality.

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