New crime drama focuses on OJ Simpson case, entertains viewers

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Brianna Muzzall, Business Manager

American Crime Story is the latest hit created by Ryan Murphy, producer of other popular shows such as American Horror Story and Glee.

The first, and so far only, season focuses on one of the biggest crimes of the 20th century: the murder of OJ Simpson’s estranged wife Nicole Brown and her close friend Ron Goldman. American Crime Story has many high profile stars, including Cuba Gooding Jr as OJ, John Travolta as Robbie Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Rob Kardashian.

The television show is a peek into the past for those not old enough to understand the cultural obsession that came with OJ Simpson’s trial.

For those who have never heard of the case, let us recap.

Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were found nearly decapitated in her home on June 12, 1994. OJ became the police’s main suspect quickly, and after discovering this, Simpson attempted to flee in a suicide car chase that was broadcasted nationally and interrupted Game 5 of the NBA finals.

Spoiler Alert: Simpson was indicted and brought to trial, but despite what some see as an overwhelming amount of evidence, he was found not guilty.

This show brings excitement and shock for those who did not watch the initial trial unfold, but it is also an entertaining flashback for those who did. I knew only the basics coming into the show, and found all the events completely engrossing, from the infamous glove to the blatant sexism that was shown towards prosecutor Marcia Clark.

The trial reminded me of the Casey Anthony trial, where the heightened drama makes it seem sitcom-like, and all the participants start to seem as if they are characters.

American Crime Story also has its faults, most important of which is including the Kardashian children who had little to no involvement in the trial. A scene in which they watch their father on television and chant “Kardashian” feels cheap and falls flat.

While not perfect, American Crime Story’s strong characters and plotline make it an important watch this season.