FX delivers the series of the century

February 21, 2017


O.J. Simpson, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., awaits trial at the Los Angeles courthouse. – FX Studios

Kailee Courts
Staff Reporter | kec029@latech.edu


The case of The People v. O.J. Simpson is said to be the crime of the century. It was a time when tension between the Los Angeles Police Department and African-Americans was high, and news media was taking off.


In February 2016, FX aired the television series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The series follows the case from the time of the murder to the verdict, showing the point of view of the lawyers who worked the case.


It highlights what America in 1995 was like, especially what it was like in Los Angeles.


The verdict of the case is no secret, but FX has you on the edge of your seat with the end of each episode.


In the first episode, “From the Ashes of tragedy,” the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are found, and this is when the police name O.J. (Cuba Gooding Jr.) as a suspect. Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) is the lead prosecutor for the case, and plays a crucial role in the trial.


The series features lots of big names in Hollywood, including John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, both good friends and lawyers for O.J. Simpson during the trial. The producers has no problem showing the first time the Kardashian’s experienced fame.


The series did a good job of showing the perspective of the lawyers during the trial that went on for over a year.


Episode three, “The Dream Team,” is when we meet the group of hotshot lawyers who Shapiro assembles to represent Simpson in court.


The team representing Simpson did not have much going for them in the beginning because all signs pointed to their client being found guilty. They had to come up with something to convince the jury Simpson was innocent, so they used the issue of race to drive the case.


The media was highly involved in this case. Some say they helped to shape the outcome of the verdict. One person that was targeted by the media was prosecutor Marcia Clark. In episode six, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” we see how Clark had to deal with being a woman in a court full of men. Because of the media’s constant hounding, she changed the way she dressed and acted in court to appear more feminine.


The producers of the show did a good job showing the emotions of the lawyers. This was not something that was to be taken lightly, especially because it was a double homicide with a famous athlete as the suspect.


By the final episode the series has you wondering what the outcome of the case will be even though everyone already knows. The lawyers problems become your own; their emotions become your own.


Simpson was ultimately found not guilty of double homicide. The series has you questioning if the decision of the jury was correct.


The People v. O.J. Simpson was named the case of the century, but was more of the case of the current time.


FX produced a show that perfectly depicted the emotions during one of the most famous cases in American history. It is the series of the century.


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