As an attorney, a lot of legal dramas are too much for me to stomach. The genius of this adaptation of the OJ story is, at least to me, that the actual in-the-courtroom action (with exceptions) is nowhere near as interesting as the machinations going on around the trial. I was young when these events went down, but this does seem to capture the time and place quite well.
Based upon the true courtroom drama that went so over the rails making reality crazier than anything that is ever dreamed up by writers. I found this limited series to be enormously gripping and it was exceptionally good acted especially by those who portrayed the legal people at the District Attorney and at the Defense. The details are good and even the small faults are outweighed by it's greatness.
Grade A, entertaining-as-fuck, nacho cheeez! cinema that's 100% committed to borderline parodic unflinchingness. Luckily this is PERF subject matter for such a treatment. Edelman's doc says more about race & does it comprehensively... but!! this fucker is about as clear an image of USA as yr gna get. Casting is so fire. Loved Darden/Clark, their near kiss was 1 of the best executions of such a moment I've ever seen.
There was a moment early on when I first felt the complete scope of what American Crime Story was going do and it left me floored - we were going to see the birth of America's media culture and its never gone/forgotten problems with race. But while we have brilliant performances we've also got Cuba as a weak OJ and an annoying Rob Kardashian who sole purpose is to remind us of what came 12 years later.
Love Sarah Paulson-- but during certain moments this show seems to be about making sure we all remember that the Kardashian girls were kids during this trial. Who the fuck cares? Even the best stuff by Ryan Murphy (which is mostly just a few seasons of Nip/Tuck) always has that element of truly bad taste coming in to stain it.