The People vs. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story

Chloe Eick, Writer

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Similar to the book after the most famous courtroom case of the 20th century, ‘The People v. O.J Simpson: An American Crime Story” plays out in a 12 part television series on the FX channel.

In 1995, O.J Simpson, a famous football player, stood trial for the double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, and the jury eventually found him not guilty. This courtroom case made a major impact on the world as everyone in the United States watched the case on his or her television. With that, Jeffrey Toobin, a journalist wrote a book named, The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J Simpson published in 1996, which shared behind the scenes details about the actual court case.

Ten years later, a 10 episode series,”The People v. O.J Simpson: An American Crime Story” came out in 2016. With the famous actors, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Sarah Paulson, this mini series showed viewers how the court case progressed behind cameras.

Throughout the mini television series, the accuracy seems mainly correct, but the show does commit a few minor mistakes. The actors also played their characters most exquisitely, from the clothing worn to the slight details like mimicking the real people’s facial expressions shown on the original court cases. Notwithstanding this precision, the only main difference with the actors include how Cuba Gooding Jr. playing O.J Simpson has a much smaller head than O.J Simpson’s actual head.

With the almost precise accuracy of the trial and people portrayal by the actors throughout the 10 episodes of the riveting series, ‘The People v. O.J Simpson: An American Crime Story” seems nearly as captivating and compelling  as the original murder trial of the 20th century.


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