Netflix Review: “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

In case you missed one of the biggest television events of last year, you can now watch “American Crime Story’s” first season on Netflix. Season one portrays one of the biggest cases of the 90s: “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

The first episode opens with Los Angeles detectives discovering Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman dead at Simpson’s home. What unfolds during the next nine episodes is a riveting portrayal of the circus that was the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

My parents couldn’t help shouting at the screen when the highlights appeared: the Bronco chase, the infamous bloody glove and Marcia Clark’s curls. But for us, “People v. O.J.” is our first real exposure to that “trial of the century.”

I quickly understood why this crime kept the country’s eyes glued to their televisions. It is a complex mesh of race, celebrity, law. I think this story is especially relevant for the country today. Many of the issues of more than 20 years ago are being scrutinized again.

The show is largely neutral, not taking the side of neither the prosecutors nor the defense. If anything, “People v. O.J.” satirizes the whole media frenzy and the country’s reaction to it. Viewers are shown not only the court proceedings, but snippets of “Larry King Live” and the tabloids.

The show’s ensemble cast shines in each episode. You will both laugh at actors John Travolta’s over-the-top Rob Shapiro and shiver at Courtney Vance’s calculating Johnnie Cochran.

I recommend “People v. O.J.” for anyone who wants a first taste of the nation’s real-life soap opera. It can be difficult to binge-watch, so give yourself time between each episode.

Junior on staff for the Del.Aware of Delaware Valley High

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