While it may get exhausting to hear everyone you know talk about Serial and Making A Murderer, the public discourse of those modern true-crime series is nothing compared to what was happening over two decades ago, when beloved football player and actor O.J. Simpson went on trial for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman and was found not guilty. Everyone was talking about it, and it looks like soon everyone will again be discussing the story of the trial thanks to The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The dramatization of one of the most famous court cases in recent history, the FX series is bound to generate discussion and be worth watching, so how can you stream The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and make sure you're up to date with the series?
If you can't catch The People v. O.J. Simpson live on FX when it premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m., and you're not able to DVR it, then your best chance is FXNOW. FXNOW is FX network's dedicated streaming service and app, providing content from FX, FXX, and FXM on computers and mobile devices. The catch is that you have to have a cable television subscription that gets FX in order to use FXNOW. Unfortunately, this means cord cutters are out of luck — there currently don't seem to be any plans to have day-after streaming of The People v. O.J. Simpson on platforms such as Hulu. But if you want to get your hands on new episodes and can wait until the day after they air, American Crime Story will be available to purchase on both iTunes and Amazon.
Whether you tune in live to FX, through FXNOW, or wait to buy episodes the next day, there are many reasons to watch American Crime Story.
It's The Birth Of A New Franchise
The People v. O.J. Simpson is the launch of the new American Crime Story anthology series, and is being executive produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk of American Horror Story. Along with fellow crime series Fargo, FX seems to have a great talent for producing and crafting engaging anthologies, and there's no reason that American Crime Story wouldn't live up to that precedent. In fact, FX is so confident in its new series that Murphy and Falchuk have already decided on the focus of American Crime Story Season 2, which according to The Hollywood Reporter will center on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. If Fargo is about small town occurrences, than American Crime Story seems to be its opposite, delving into issues that occur on a national scale.
The Acting Is Bound To Be Amazing
American Horror Story is known for a few things – blood, sex, and amazing performances. American Crime Story seems to be following in its mother series' footsteps when it comes to that last staple, assembling a cast of big-name actors losing themselves in their characters. The difference here is that while AHS allowed its actors to play fast and loose with reality, the cast of ACS is portraying real people going through a real event. Crime may have less fun, campy performances than AHS, but it should more than make up for that in sheer intensity.
It's Based On 1 Of The Most Popular Books About The Trial
The People Vs. O.J. Simpson isn't merely a series based on the speculation or over-dramatization of real events. The writers of the show based it on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which is one of the most highly regarded books about the Simpson trial.
The Writers Have Found Success In Legal Dramas Before
The People v. O.J. Simpson was written by screenwriting duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose work includes such varied screenplays as Ed Wood and Agent Cody Banks. One of their biggest successes, however, was the film The People Vs. Larry Flynt, about the rise of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. The pair won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay for the movie, and with that pedigree it's clear that The People v. O.J. Simpson is in good hands.
The Show Is Kind Of An Origin Story For Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian and Simpson may not seem connected to those that aren't familiar with the trial, but there's a very close familial tie between the two. One of Simpson's lawyers was Robert Kardashian, father to Kim Kardashian, as well as Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob. This notability helped paved the way for Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé to become celebrities in their own way. It's been confirmed that the Kardashians will be in American Crime Story , but just kids at the time, Kim and her siblings aren't major parts of the story.
There are a lot of reasons to make sure you can watch The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, be it live on FX or later online. Given how much people have been talking about other popular true crime stories, The People v. O.J. Simpson could be a big hit for FX, and a huge topic of conversation on social media and in real life, so you'll want to be able to keep up.
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