O.J.: Made in America

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 11, 2016
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96

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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 134 Ratings

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  • Summary: The five-part documentary chronicles O.J. Simpson's rise from the San Francisco housing projects to football fame in college and the NFL to his post-football career and infamy with the 1995 trial for the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman. The first episode will air on ABC withThe five-part documentary chronicles O.J. Simpson's rise from the San Francisco housing projects to football fame in college and the NFL to his post-football career and infamy with the 1995 trial for the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman. The first episode will air on ABC with the following four episodes airing only on ESPN. Expand
  • Genre(s): Sports, Movie/Mini-Series, Documentary

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 3, 2016
    100
    A troubling, provocative, and insightful masterwork of psychology and sociology. [6-19 Jun 2016, p.18]
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    May 20, 2016
    100
    Historically meticulous, thematically compelling and deeply human, O.J.: Made in America is a masterwork of scholarship, journalism and cinematic art.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jun 16, 2016
    100
    O.J.: Made in America might be the most essential TV series of the year.
  4. Reviewed by: Jack Hamilton
    Jun 8, 2016
    100
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 9, 2016
    100
    [Writer-director Ezra Edelman] has responded with, even in the annals of ESPN’s “30 for 30” docs, what feels like a master opus.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 9, 2016
    100
    It is nothing short of a towering achievement.
  7. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 10, 2016
    75
    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."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jun 16, 2016
    10
    I don't know if there is such as a thing as a Golden Age of documentaries--but if there was, I think we are living in it. This is the latestI don't know if there is such as a thing as a Golden Age of documentaries--but if there was, I think we are living in it. This is the latest example of a documentary filmmaker at the top of his game. Made in America goes to the top of the best of all time lists, reaching even the heights of classic documentaries like Ken Burns' The Civil War. Expand
  2. Jun 15, 2016
    10
    Brilliant! Sets the background for the case with historical context of the LAPD's treatment of African Americans while detailing OJ's riseBrilliant! Sets the background for the case with historical context of the LAPD's treatment of African Americans while detailing OJ's rise to fame and marriage to Nicole. This doc is so amazing because not only does it provide informational context for the trial but it actually makes you feel the historical context. Simply amazing! Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2016
    10
    Ezra Edelman does a phenomenal job of taking the "OJ story" that's been told countless times, and intertwining it with some very importantEzra Edelman does a phenomenal job of taking the "OJ story" that's been told countless times, and intertwining it with some very important historical events that helped influence strong emotions over the course of the trial. It's surprisingly refreshing to know that there's very little filler at any point, as certain people and/or actions that seem minimal in an early part of the series prove to be very vital later on. Being in my late 20s, it was also great that I was able to see and understand who this man was long before he met Nicole, as well as seeing how his actions and in some cases, lack there of, ultimately became his demise. A well documentation of how OJ truly is a product of American society. Nothing short of a masterpiece! Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2016
    9
    If you missed how the Watts riots connected to O.J. Simpson's verdict in his murder trial and wonder why he walked, O.J. Made in America isIf you missed how the Watts riots connected to O.J. Simpson's verdict in his murder trial and wonder why he walked, O.J. Made in America is here for you. This is a solid doc and probably the first piece of media relating to O.J. that's not a complete waste of time. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2016
    9
    Comprehensive and fair. I wonder if we'll ever get past the two wrongs make a right mentality that dominated so many events covered in thisComprehensive and fair. I wonder if we'll ever get past the two wrongs make a right mentality that dominated so many events covered in this documentary. Expand
  6. Jun 13, 2016
    8
    After watching the first installment last night, I'll definitely be tuning in for the rest, it's an exhaustive look at OJ, LA & USA which wasAfter watching the first installment last night, I'll definitely be tuning in for the rest, it's an exhaustive look at OJ, LA & USA which was an easy watch, though not as compelling as The People vs. OJ Simpson : American Crime Story , yet Expand
  7. Jun 13, 2016
    2
    As long as it has OJ's name on it; I guess it gets a high review no matter what. Honestly, this really isn't worth looking into if you areAs long as it has OJ's name on it; I guess it gets a high review no matter what. Honestly, this really isn't worth looking into if you are familiar at all with this tiresome and frivolous case. Expand

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