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FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson” Debuts

10pm tonight (Feb. 2) will mark the television debut of the limited FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Most likely, you’re familiar with the O.J. Simpson murder case (officially called The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson), which spanned from the jury’s swearing-in on November 9, 1994, to opening statements on January 24, 1995, to a verdict on October 3, 1995. For those of you who are in fact unfamiliar with the case or know very little about it, the trial focused directly on the very well known former NFL athlete and actor O.J. Simpsonwho was tried on 2 counts of murder after the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Nicole’s friend Ronald Lyle Goldman in June 1994. The O.J. Simpson murder case has been described as the most publicized criminal trial in American history. (If you’d like a more detailed description of the trial and what it entailed, check out TIME‘s article, “Everything You Need to Know Before Watching The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

The new 10-episode television series, based on bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin’s 1996 true crime thriller, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson”, will take us inside the trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. The series, which is executive-produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchukexplores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and how the LAPD’s history the the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.”

The series will star:

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has earned a rating of 9.1/10 on IMDb, a 90 /100 on Metacritic and a critics score of 94 per cent and an audience score of 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes also offers its general consensus of the show:

The People v. O.J. Simpson brings top-shelf writing, directing, and acting to bear on a still-topical story while shedding further light on the facts — and provoking passionate responses along the way.”
It sounds promising that The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is bound to be one of the best shows this year so be sure not to miss the series at 10pm on FX. Each episode is approximately 42 minutes long and is rated TV-MA.


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