3. “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”Season One (FX)
There were so many red flags when FX announced that they were working on a scripted show about the O.J. Simpson trial. It came from the uber-stylized mind of Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), it starred actors that were last famous in the ’80s and ’90s (John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer) and it has an ending that every single person in America knows. Why would you make a show like that?
Once “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” premiered in the beginning of February, all of these fears were washed away as one of the most compelling soap operas also revealed itself as one of the most timely and relevant pieces of television in a long time. Yes, it’s true that we all know O.J. got off, but the brilliance of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is that Simpson isn’t the focus at all. The criminal justice system—as well as the racially charged and raw city of Los Angeles — is the anti-hero of the “American Crime Story” first season.
And while that might sound boring, the tightrope (and sometimes semi-legal) acts of convincing a jury whether or not to convict a man for the highest profile murders in decades are the kind of high drama moments that we cannot believe are based in truth. (Bailey Pennick)