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OJ Made in America - (S01E01)

Crime . Biography . Documentary

The rise and fall of American football star, O.J. Simpson, from his days growing up in Los Angeles to his murder trial that polarized the country.

Episode Title: Part 1
Airs: 2016-06-11 at 21:00
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    O.J.: Made in America might be the most essential TV series of the year. Full Review
  • David Sims

    O.J.: Made in America is somehow even more engrossing than its fictionalized counterpart, meticulously fleshing out not only the details of the trial, but also the larger stories of race, celebrity, and misogyny that intersected around Simpson. ... Some of the most compelling television of the year.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It is nothing short of a towering achievement.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    O.J.: Made in America is a provocative, intelligent and thorough documentary that tears along at an impressive clip given its length, with tragedy around every corner. The first miniseries to air under the ESPN Films and 30 for 30 banners, it also instantly takes its place among the banner's best efforts.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    [Writer-director Ezra Edelman] has responded with, even in the annals of ESPN’s “30 for 30” docs, what feels like a master opus.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Practically every moment of its seven-and-a-half-hour running time is thought-provoking, astonishing, sobering, hilarious, tragic, and sometimes all of those at once.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Superbly edited and paced, Made in America is one of the best rise-and-fall sagas you’ll ever see on TV.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    ESPN's newest 30 for 30 film O.J. Simpson: Made in America proves to not only be better than The People v. O.J.--and among the best things ESPN has aired in its history--but a perfect complement to the FX show.-

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Excellent, balanced, powerful, engaging, comprehensive perspective on the “trial of the century” and race. The first two parts are best.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Ezra Edelman’s stunningly ambitious, eight-hour documentary is a masterpiece, a refined piece of investigative journalism that places the subject it illuminates into the broader context of the end of the 20th century. Full Review
  • Jack Hamilton

    Partly due to its virtuosic storytelling and partly to its sheer scope, Made in America often feels like several masterpieces unfolding at a single time.

    Slate Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    The overall result is something rare--a film that sucks you in as a riveting thriller would, but also one that will make you pause to ponder issues of race, domestic abuse and our obsession with celebrity.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    A troubling, provocative, and insightful masterwork of psychology and sociology. [6-19 Jun 2016, p.18]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Fresh reporting and candid interviews make the trial newly compelling and illuminate its outcome. But it's the lesser-known players, including jurors and marketing agents, who provide provocative insights into the tragic saga of compounding historical injustices that implicate all of American culture. [3/10 June 2016, p.100]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Historically meticulous, thematically compelling and deeply human, O.J.: Made in America is a masterwork of scholarship, journalism and cinematic art.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    For its part, O.J.: Made in America, directed by Ezra Edelman, has the grandeur and authority of the best long-form nonfiction. If it were a book, it could sit on the shelf alongside “The Executioner’s Song” by Norman Mailer and the great biographical works of Robert Caro.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    The 7½ hour documentary airing on ABC and ESPN is often exceptional and riveting television.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    OJ is no rehash. FX's brilliant The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story hewed to the criminal trial, beginning with a murder and ending with a verdict. O.J. offers great insight into the case. ... But this is less a crime story than a character study of a man who craved attention and found more than he ever imagined. ... Simpson comes across, ultimately, as a cipher.

    Time Full Review
  • Tim Molloy

    OJ: Made in America lays out of all the evidence patiently, giving all sides their due. It is eminently fair.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    30 for 30 has never endeavored to create anything quite as thoroughly addictive and interesting as O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman‘s expansive study of Orenthal James Simpson and the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown.

    Collider Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Director Ezra Edelman weaves many voices into a thoughtful slice of American social history, examining the volatile subject of race via intense focus on an athlete so elite, he believed he transcended color. ... If there is a weakness in O.J.: Made in America, it's that the unspooling of the murder trial will feel too familiar, especially for anyone who just watched "The People v. O.J. Simpson."

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review

  • 911 call

  • los angeles california

  • marital problems

  • interracial marriage

  • racial slur

  • will

  • domestic abuse

  • recording

  • husband wife relationship

  • crime scene

  • agent

  • evidence

  • reference to msnbc

  • news report

  • reference to fox news

  • law

  • defense lawyer

  • finger

  • footprint

  • interrogation

  • dna sample

  • blood sample

  • year 1995

  • rise and fall

  • price of fame

  • not guilty verdict

  • collector

  • jersey

  • hotel

  • holding cell

  • prison

  • media circus

  • envelope

  • reaction

  • acquitted of murder

  • civil rights

  • fall from grace

  • race relations

  • cheering

  • year 1966

  • year 1985

  • racial tension

  • american football player

  • murder trial

  • celebrity

  • racism

  • investigation

  • justice system

  • police

  • running back

  • actor

  • murder

  • glove

  • blood

  • trial

  • friend

  • brentwood

  • retirement

  • fame

  • usc

  • scene of the crime

  • chicago illinois

  • police officer

  • waitress

  • civil suit

  • knife

  • gun violence

  • amorality

  • scandal

  • yellow journalism

  • sensationalism

  • lawyer

  • bloody glove

  • grief

  • overkill

  • witness

  • courtroom

  • television

  • 1990s

  • the projects

  • buffalo bills

  • prosecutor

  • imprisonment

  • media frenzy

  • lifestyle

  • buddy

  • criminal defense attorney

  • juror

  • jury

  • murderer

  • conviction

  • acquittal

  • car chase

  • mob scene

  • retribution

  • vindication

  • guilty

  • defense

  • prosecution

  • lapd

  • wife beating

  • infamy

  • reference to ronald goldman

  • bloodbath

  • trophy wife

  • heisman trophy

  • friendship

  • brutality

  • juice

  • jail

  • sports hero

  • brentwood california

  • spousal abuse

  • wealth

  • football

  • tabloid

  • robbery

  • las vegas

  • sports memorabilia

  • autograph

  • radio show

  • 2000s

  • reference to andy warhol

  • rap

  • shoes

  • santa monica

  • civil trial

  • lawsuit

  • testimony

  • custody battle

  • church

  • protest

  • golf

  • loss of son

  • miami beach

  • returning home

  • van

  • freedom

  • press conference

  • hate mail

  • times square

  • reference to jackie robinson

  • domestic violence

  • magazine cover

  • mugshot

  • handcuffed

  • swat team

  • police custody

  • loyalty

  • gun

  • best friend

  • suicide watch

  • suicide attempt

  • home movies

  • letter

  • escape

  • freeway

  • district attorney

  • crying

  • loss of friend

  • eulogy

  • memorial service

  • funeral

  • airplane

  • barking dog

  • waiter

  • glasses

  • mcdonald's

  • restaurant

  • broncho

  • year 1994

  • year 1992

  • year 1991

  • racial epithet

  • misconduct

  • training video

  • ego

  • celebrity couple

  • 1980s

  • conga line

  • wedding

  • second wife

  • loss of daughter

  • dancing

  • mother son relationship

  • pastor

  • chief of police

  • killed by police

  • racial issues

  • police brutality

  • reputation

  • neighborhood

  • san francisco 49ers

  • year 1979

  • football player

  • success

  • spokesperson

  • speed

  • car rental

  • reference to babe ruth

  • ambition

  • stardom

  • coach

  • year 1969

  • snow

  • buffalo new york

  • nfl draft

  • young athlete

  • childhood sweetheart

  • troubled childhood

  • high school

  • childhood friend

  • housing project

  • san francisco

  • achievement

  • endorsement

  • nightclub

  • reporter

  • pursuit of fame

  • pride

  • black power

  • black panthers

  • olympic team

  • historical event

  • bob hope

  • african american celebrity

  • student

  • year 1968

  • american football

  • college football

  • olympics

  • year 1967

  • boycott

  • 1960s