Why I'm excited for O.J.: Made In America

This is a five part documentary that is part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. The first part airs June 11 at 9pm eastern on ABC. The remaining parts will air on ESPN following week.
  1. The People vs. OJ Simpson was a great appetizer
    It was total trash TV, but it was great and I wanted more!! It took me back and reminded me of so many things I had forgotten. From all accounts, the Fx show is garbage compared to the documentary.
  2. 30 for 30 is ESPN at its best
    ESPN may not be your thing, but there's a reason it dominates sports. Generally its production is great and 30 for 30 is one of the best things it does.
  3. It's not just about the trial.
    There are five 90-minute parts and the murder and trial are covered in parts three and four.
  4. The director, Ezra Edelman, signed on for a five hour documentary and made a seven and an half hour documentary.
  5. It starts with OJ's arrival at USC in 1965 and runs through his current incarceration.
    OJ's celebrity is one of the primary reasons his murder trial was so fascinating. This was a Heisman Trophy winner, NFL hall of famer, movie star, major corporate spokesman, LA socialite.
  6. His life story is presented parallel to a larger narrative of mounting racial tensions in Los Angeles.
    The other primary reason his trial was so captivating was the way it accentuated the racial divide in this country.
  7. Crazy revelations
    OJ's dad was gay!! Nicole dated Marcus Allen (a younger, more handsome version of OJ) after their divorce.
  8. Great reviews
  9. Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed
    "The most powerful and essential documentary about race, class, and gender in America in years."
  10. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "'O.J.: Made in America' is a movie so compelling you want it never to end ... even at 7-plus hours."
  11. Linda Holmes - NPR
    "Ezra Edelman's O.J.: Made In America is a film of great patience and discipline. It is bracing in its wisdom and unforgettable in its details. It's the story of where we were in the summer of 1994, in so many of the ways that still matter the most now. And its curiosity isn't in examining how O.J. Simpson is explained by the fact that he was made in America, it's in examining how America is explained by having made O.J. Simpson."