Review: The People v. O.J. Simpson

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February 3, 2016- by Steven E. Greer

The FX mini-series about the 1990’s murder trial of O.J. Simpson is surprisingly good. The casting and acting are adequate. But more importantly, the script is smart.

For example, the series begins with the 1991 beating of Rodney King, and the subsequent acquittal of the white police officers, which led to the riots of 1992. Then, the show fast-forwards to the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994.

The 1991 incident was a crucial piece of history to include because many believe that the acquittal of O.J. was payback for the unfair acquittal of the white police officers. Recall, the Los Angeles Police Department was a cesspool of corruption and racism at the time.

The show also does not gloss over how the defense attorneys used sleazy tactics to exonerate O.J. Simpson. For example, scenes depict Howard Shapiro bringing in doctors to examine O.J. to use later as evidence that he was mentally incompetent.

Prosecutor Marsha Clark is accurately depicted as a flawed chain-smoking character. The DA’s office is not depicted in a favorable light.

This series is worth watching. Set your DVR’s.

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