American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson (2016)

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Reviewed by Stephanie R. (Library Staff)

I must admit, I am a bit of a true crime nut. And no other “true crime story” has been more visible in recent years than the infamous OJ Simpson trial during the 1990s. Ryan Murphy (of “Glee” and “American Horror Story” fame) has crafted a genius rendition of all the drama surrounding the trial in the show “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.” Even though I lived through the trial and remember it well (I remember my middle school virtually shutting down when the verdict was going to be read), I eagerly await each chapter in this saga. Murphy touches not only on the facts of the case, which are well known, but also the societal forces behind it as well: racism, sexism, and the culture of fame. The actors, particularly Sarah Paulsen’s Marcia Clark and Courtney B. Vance’s Johnnie Cochran, give tour-de-force performances. The material is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People vs OJ Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin and I have eagerly started reading this as well. Given its place in history and relevance even today, I highly recommend adding this to you DVR or Netflix queue.

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