'People v. O.J.' at last
Oddly, 2016 was the year of O.J. Simpson. He was the subject of two incredible pieces of television: the Oscar-nominated documentary O.J. Simpson: Made in America and FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The former was streamable shortly after it aired on ESPN. The latter is finally streaming on Netflix after making us wait too long to watch it again.
The most mature work from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson adapts Jeffrey Toobin's book about the case that helped create the 24-hour news cycle.
The cast is universally fantastic, from Murphy regular Sarah Paulson taking on Marcia Clark, to Courtney B. Vance playing an understated (yes, understated) Johnnie Cochran, to the revelation that is Sterling K. Brown's take on Chris Darden. John Travolta brings a little camp as Robert Shapiro (once you get over his ridiculous makeup, that is). There are even allusions to the future Kardashian fame in David Schwimmer's human performance as Robert Kardashian, O.J.'s friend and lawyer (and father to Kim, Khloe, and Khourtney).
Look, we all know how this one ends. But Murphy and his excellent team are able to add tension and suspense to a foregone conclusion.
Plus, it'll prep you for what's next on Murphy's docket: Feud, a behind-the-scenes look at Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? starring Murphy regular Jessica Lange as the great Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as the fabulous Bette Davis. - Molly Eichel
Where to stream: Netflix.
Like this? Binge these: O.J. Simpson: Made in America (Hulu) is worth the long runtime; get your Sterling K. Brown fix on NBC's This is Us (Hulu, Xfinity OnDemand).