The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX and BBC2, 2016)


Currently over on BBC 2 we have the incredible reenactments of the OJ Simpson Case. We get to see the interesting and compelling true story that had the media begging for more. The show appeals to both those who were there at the time and us younger audience who just want to know what all the hype was about. I decided to watch the show because not only did I want to know what the case was actually about but I was forced to watch for my drama course at university. Yep, if you haven’t guessed by now by my blog, I am a media student. (Yikes media at university, what a waste of time… shut up!)


The drama opened with real clips from the riots, giving the idea of a documentary and reminds the audience that the drama is based on true events. The drama sets the scene straight away and gives us a sense of mystery even though, if you have basic knowledge and / or access to the internet then you will know how it is going to end.

I felt that the drama reflected a film / cinematic style. If you have watched any of the great TV shows, such as ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘American Horror Story’ then you will know that all the shows are trying to replace cinema. This is very much shown through the lighting, high budget, complex story and the number of actors and locations. We can also tell that the show is high budget due to the number of stars. We see Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton (American horror story), Chris Bauer (True Blood), David Schwimmer (Friends), John Travolta (Grease and Pulp Fiction) and Cuba Gooding Jr (What dreams May come). The number of big names in this show really drew me in and is probably what drew in a lot of their current audience. I seriously can’t get over Ross playing Kim Kardashians dad! Also I will warn you in advance John Travolta is looking old.  As there are a large number of characters we get to see the story from a number of sides, which added to the narrative and reflected the ‘VS’ nature of the show.

The programme reflected elements of an American drama rather than a British. The drama has some great shots and choice of music; it really is a fantastic watch. One of my favourite scenes in the first episode is when the characters attend the funeral. Outside there is fast and loud action/ music but inside the camera is static and calm, with people whispering. This perhaps indicates the difference between the two moods. Later within the scene OJ kisses his dead ex-wife, the camera then zooms out slowly and cuts to black. (Sorry for going more media studies than review but it is incredibly well made)

My second favourite scene is when OJ attempts to shoot himself in Kim Kardashians bedroom, as dark as that sound it is really funny. Trust me when you watch this you are kind of surprised about the fact that the Kardashian’s were involved with the OJ Simpson case.

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Currently we are still following the story of OJ over on BBC2 (UK) Monday evenings so I would encourage you to catch up on IPlayer and watch the third episode out soon.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

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