Parents' Guide to

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gory, talky true-crime surprisingly riveting for grown-ups.

TV FX Drama 2016
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Naked man ep 10

OJ is seen fully naked from the backside when he enters the shower in episode 10. Some use of crude language throughout the show.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Extreme sexual content

Episode 3: there is a group of women flashing their breasts, about 26 minutes into the episode. No other review seems to mention this and it bothered me a lot when I came across it. Episode 4: the episode begins with a scene of men and women dancing sexually and grinding, and a man snorting cocaine off a woman's cleavage. Later in the episode a woman describes Nicole giving men blow jobs while they sleep, and describing OJ watching Nicole through a window while she is having sex with other men.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

With all the facts you remember and many you probably haven't heard yet, this dramatized retelling is almost as gripping as the case that inspired it. Staffed with a cast of executive producer and director Ryan Murphy regulars (Paulson) as well as seemingly stunt-cast superstars (Travolta, Schwimmer, Gooding, Jr.), The People v. O.J. Simpson seems like it's going to be good trashy fun -- but it leans surprisingly hard on the good part. Famously Oscar-cursed Gooding, Jr. hasn't been this magnetic in years; he melts into his blustering O.J. character so quickly that viewers feel like they're getting a secret peek at the real man and what he really did and felt. Paulson-as-Clark is another heartbreaker -- positive that the circumstantial evidence she piles up will easily convict O.J., so frustrated when things don't go her way. The actors are so good -- and the camera work, costumes, settings, and dialogue so deft -- that you quickly forget this is supposed to be a guilty pleasure. However, it's disturbing, slow-paced, and ultimately depressing enough to make it a no-no for young viewers; parents may also want to watch along if teens want to watch, to explain what happened and offer possible reasons as to why.

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