There are few truly unifying events in American life. When something happens that makes the entire country stop and take notice, we remember it forever. Everybody remembers where they were when O.J. Simpson, riding in a white Bronco, led the police on a low-speed chase all over Los Angeles. This marked the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle and the birth of reality television.
The pilot moves quickly from discovery of the bodies (and they are shown) to fleeing down the highway in the Bronco. There are so many details and people that come flooding back and it’s interesting to see things put together in a quick moving episode. Lots of details are included that you won’t have pictured in your mind at the time because they didn’t come out all at the same time in sequence. With race, money, abuse, celebrity it’s still the crime of the 20th century.
The A list cast is hit and miss. Cuba Gooding is an enthusiastic actor but too small in size to play OJ. He looks shorter than the other male actors around him. Should have chosen someone more physically imposing. Sarah Paulson looks enough like Marcia Clark with the wig. Surprisingly David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian looks like him if you check out photos. John Travolta as Shapiro has some strange eyebrows but he is fascinating to watch. Selma Blair as Kris Kardashian is also a good fit. Connie Britton looks a bit too healthy to be Faye Resnick but these are all people you like to see on screen. The link with the Kardashians is quite interesting to watch.
Disc 1 of 5
Episode 1 “From the Ashes of Tragedy” Air Date: 2 February 2016
The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman lead the LAPD to the home of O.J. Simpson.
Episode 2 “The Run of His Life” Air Date: 9 February 2016
O.J. Simpson’s lawyers must handle an intense situation when he goes missing.
Disc 2 of 5
Episode 3 “The Dream Team” Air Date: 16 Feb. 2016
With a provocative strategy devised, Robert Shapiro begins putting together O.J. Simpson’s legal counsel.
Episode 4 ”100% Not Guilty” Air Date: 23 Feb. 2016
As jury selection gets underway, the entrance of Johnnie Cochran adds an interesting energy to the case.
Disc 3 of 5
Episode 5 “The Race Card” Air Date: 1 March 2016
As the trial begins, Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran go head to head in court and the jury visits the crime scene.
Episode 6 “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” Air Date: 8 March 2016
Tensions rise as the defense starts taking aims at racial implications in the case, and as Marcia faces an ongoing divorce and negative representation in the media.
Disc 4 of 5
Episode 7 “Conspiracy Theories” Air Date: 15 March 2016
The infamous live fitting of the gloves is contemplated as both the defense and the prosecution face obstacles in and out of the courtroom.
Episode 8 “A Jury in Jail” Air Date: 22 March 2016
The jury become tired and restless as the case continues, meanwhile the defence juggle with the idea of putting OJ on the stands
Disc 5 of 5
Episode 9 “Manna from Heaven” Air Date: 29 March 2016:
Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey go across the country to acquire the Mark Fuhrman tapes.
Episode 10 “The Verdict” Air Date: 5 April 2016
Closing statements are given and the jury must decide the verdict.