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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Posted on March 4, 2016 by James Shults

First Aired: February 2, 2016

Creator: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

Overall Rating: Good

In the first season of this anthology series about famous American criminals, the show dramatizes the events surrounding the notorious trial of the People v. O.J. Simpson.

The Good

John Travolta is very enjoyable. His portrayal of Robert Shapiro is over the top but fitting. Courtney B. Vance portrays Johnny Cochran much more leveled and he’s also enjoyable as a calculating, charismatic defense attorney. There are many other actors worth noting, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, Nathan Lane and David Schwimmer.

The Bad

Cuba Gooding Jr. is doing something interesting with his portrayal of O.J. Simpson but, unfortunately, not really convincing. Cuba’s O.J. is constantly either frightened, angry or sniveling. More than anything, O.J. comes off as pathetic. Maybe this is what O.J. was like behind the scenes but I remember him being confident, quiet and maybe a bit cold or aloof. Kind of the opposite of the way he is in American Crime Story.

The Ugly

Kim and Khloe Kardashian have been jammed into this show. They have nothing to do with the story. They just happen to be the children of Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson’s long-time friend. It’s interesting to find out their relationship to this story but there’s no reason to linger on it.

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