American Crime Story: the People vs. O.J. Simpson

American Crime Story: the People vs. O.J. Simpson

Rating: 5+/5

It is rare that I watch a series, no matter the length, and then as soon as I have finished it, want to go back to the beginning and start all over again. This particular phenomenon happened the moment I completed the final episode of American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

I was quite young when this historic trial took place, so watching this show was really my first official introduction to the mayhem that was caused by the case. As each episode progressed, I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the fascination that comes along with being immersed with the media frenzy of the trial. I could hardly wrap my head around all the different narratives that were being told by the defense, and how people could be so blind to the hard facts that were being laid out before them by the prosecution. I had always heard about the O.J. trial being a circus, but it wasn't until watching this that I fully understood how true those words were.

Other than the trial itself, what was so impressive with this series was the performances of all the actors portraying the real people that were involved. The scenes were so well done, that I found myself going back and rewatching many parts of it, just so I could see the brilliant exchanges between the actors once again. Every person in this was fantastic, even John Travolta, who I'd originally had some doubts about. It was Sarah Paulson, who played Marcia Clark, that I felt completely stole the show. I had heard countless praises being mentioned about her performance, but actually seeing it far exceeded any expectation I had going into the series. Her portrayal of Clark's struggles throughout the trial were so raw and believable, that many of her scenes of torment continuously bothered me for days after watching it. I felt so awful for the way Marcia Clark was treated during the seemingly endless days in the courtroom, and Paulson's heavily emotional performance still continues to linger in my mind to this day.

The People vs. O.J. Simpson has been out for years now, and yet for some reason I waited until just recently to finally watch it. I can't think of many times where I have gone through a show as quickly as I did this one. I was so enthralled with it, that I actually I almost began tricking myself into thinking I didn't know the verdict; the suspense created by the series was that realistic. Though I finished watching this less than two weeks ago, I am already eager to start it again, and I know I will be doing just that very soon.