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The Race Card 

As the trial begins, Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran go head to head in court and the jury visits the crime scene.


John Singleton


Jeffrey Toobin (based on the book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" by), Scott Alexander (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling K. Brown ... Christopher Darden
Kenneth Choi ... Judge Lance Ito
Christian Clemenson ... Bill Hodgman
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... O.J. Simpson
Bruce Greenwood ... Gil Garcetti
Nathan Lane ... F. Lee Bailey
Sarah Paulson ... Marcia Clark
David Schwimmer ... Robert Kardashian
John Travolta ... Robert Shapiro
Courtney B. Vance ... Johnnie Cochran
Jordana Brewster ... Denise Brown
Garrett M. Brown ... Lou Brown
Chris Conner ... Jeffrey Toobin
Bonita Friedericy ... Patti Goldman
Dale Godboldo ... Carl E. Douglas


As the trial begins, Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran go head to head in court and the jury visits the crime scene.

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1 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie. See more »


Johnnie Cochran is pulled over in 1982 in a trendy, upscale white neighborhood, yet none of the many women bystanders have hairstyles that would have been considered fashionable in the late '70s or early '80s.

By the standards of those times, the women's hairstyles are very sedate and even plain, and it is unlikely that so many women in a rich neighborhood would be willing to be seen in public with their hair looking like that. It would have been the equivalent of none of the women wearing any makeup. See more »


String Quartet No. 1 in G, K. 80: IV. Rondo
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Quartetto Italiano
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The elephant in the room
26 March 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

How about that for truth in advertising? The subject or race looms large over this episode (pretty much every facet, really), and while subtlety isn't on the table here, the handling of that subject matter lends a real charge to almost every scene; whether its O.J.'s Brentwood mansion being "Africanized" for a jury visitation or vetting a bigoted cop before trial. And who better to anchor this story than Johnnie Cochran and Chris Darden? Say what you will about that being a foregone conclusion, the scenes involving these two are the best. Cochran goes from relatable to unlikable in a very short time here, but Courtney B. Vance completely owns the role.

And that speaks to what's really great about this show: the acting. There are some fine performers in this cast, and I'm enjoying reliving this case because of it.


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