Just as the trial of the century was compulsive viewing in 1995, FX’s “People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was must-see TV on Tuesday, and the dramatization of the infamous murder case set social media ablaze.
Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., as the former NFL star who was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, John Travolta as attorney Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, and Courtney B. Vance as attorney Johnnie Cochran, the show’s premiere was the top trend on Twitter all night.
Viewers appeared to be instantly hooked on the series, with many complaining that it wasn’t streaming on Netflix so they couldn’t binge watch, and another saying: “Well, I guess I know what I’ll be watching the next 9 Tuesdays.”
“That was as close as perfection as FX has ever done it… Amazing cast, truly captivating… I can’t wait for more,” another fan wrote.
Some Twitter users jumped on a recent hot topic of debate by asking if Simpson, who was an NFL running back for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers for 10 years, could have suffered from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). “In hindsight I’m wondering if#ojsimpson did have that head injury disease that football players get-he was so likable,” one user wrote.
“OJ was truly out of his mind,” was another blunt comment.
“Living thu this case, I’d forgotten how aware Kris Kardashian Jenner was of her friend Nicole’s abuse and did nothing,” was a further critical assessment.
“O.J. Simpson should’ve got the death penalty. Not for murdering 2 people but for giving us the Kardashians,” was another more tongue in cheek response.
The 10-episode anthology series is based on the book titled “The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson” by journalist Jeffrey Toobin, exploring the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
“People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” airs Tuesdays on FX at 10/9c.
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