The People vs OJ Simpson

The People vs OJ Simpson finished it’s run on FX last night and even though we all knew what the outcome would be, it was still just as irritating to watch last night as it was 21 years ago.

We all know the case and what happened and all the drama that surrounded the case. The fact that they did this show 21 years after the fact and people still watched it shows just how much we were all involved with this case. The show drew it’s highest ratings of the 7 week run last night averaging over 3 million viewers during the episode.

If you didn’t watch the show, you really missed out. It was, believe it or not, really good.

people vs oj simpson robert shapiroYes the John Travolta make up and his acting as lead attorney Robert Shapiro weren’t all that good, but the rest of the cast was really pretty flawless.

Courtney B. Vance played Johnny Cochran and he absolutely killed the role. Everyone did really. The casting choices all looked so much like the people they were playing that it was hard to tell sometimes when they were using actual stock footage or if they were using filmed footage from the production.

Watching the run of the series, so much of the memories of that time came back to me. You kind of remember some of the things that happened during the course of the investigation and trial but watching the People vs. OJ Simpson you got to see what was really happening during that time. Or at least what we are lead to believe is what really happened.

The show is based on the book written by Jeffery Toobin, The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, and if there is anything really strange about it, it was how they treated Robert Kardashian during the show.

people vs oj simpson robert kardashianKardashian, played by David Schwimmer, was the ex-husband of reality persona (I refuse to call them stars) Kris Jenner and the father of all those Kardashian girls. Robert and Kris were best friends with OJ and Nicole Brown Simpson so they were closely involved in the case. The show paints Kardashian as a guy who initially is supporting his best friend but then over the course of the trial has a crisis of conscience trying to reconcile how he can be friends with the man he seems to believe brutally murdered his wife’s best friend and an innocent young man.

I know from the post-history of the trial that Robert and OJ did stop talking to each other not long after OJ was acquitted but I don’t know how accurate the portrayal of Robert’s actions during the events covered in the show really are. I’m sure there is some truth and some Hollywood to all of it.

Other highlights are the performances by Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. The show showed how difficult the trial was on them and the pressure that both were feeling from those above them and from those in their own communities. Sterling K. Brown should receive an Emmy nomination for his performance and I suspect that Courtney B. Vance will as well for his portrayal of Johnny Cochran.

I have seen interviews given by some of the key players in the drama who have said that the show is accurate while being inaccurate and that it definitely is bringing up old wounds. If you were around during the mid-90s and remember the trial, you would do yourself a favor to watch this show if you missed it. FX did a great job with it and I think it’s a very entertaining show now that we’ve all had 21 years of perspective to look back on the trial of the century.

If you haven’t seen the show, here’s the trailer. Again, I highly recommend this show to anyone who missed it who was around during the OJ trial.

The People vs OJ Simpson trailer