The 15 Most Hilarious Moments From The People v. O.J. Simpson Miniseries

Still of Cuba Gooding Jr. (as O.J. Simpson) and Courtney B. Vance (as Johnnie Cochran) in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Still of Cuba Gooding Jr. (as O.J. Simpson) and Courtney B. Vance (as Johnnie Cochran) in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

In no particular order:

1. O.J. Simpson's banter during the mock cross-examination when he was describing a volatile incident with Nicole Brown Simpson: "You know … we was just wrasslin' … " 


2. F. Lee Bailey—who in real life reportedly helped out with the miniseries and said, to some effect, "As long as Bob Shapiro looks like an a—hole, I'm in"—when he threatened Shapiro in front of the Fruit of Islam brothers: "I'll tell them you're Jewish."

3. Johnnie Cochran, when his female associate began crying after Judge Lance Ito heavily redacted the Mark Fuhrman tapes: "Girl, dry your tears … "

4. Cochran, when he said he wanted to welcome Chris Darden "back into the community." (LOL)

5. O.J., when lawyers informed him that a witness had come forward and said she saw O.J. around the time of the murders, giving him a potential alibi: "See? I couldn't've done it!"

6. The way Cochran looked at Robert Shapiro when Shapiro walked into the courtroom with the police-solidarity pin on his lapel.

7. O.J.'s facial expression when Marcia Clark walked into the courtroom with her new, short and tight, curly 'fro.


8. When O.J. threatened Cochran on the phone: "I swear to God … I swear to sweet baby black Jesus, if you put me on hold one more time, Negro."

9. The juror who tried to explain a kidnapping charge that Clark dug up to get him dismissed: "Oh, that thing? My girl cool wit' it now. I just took her for a ride around the block."


10. "N—ga, please." The way Cochran looked down on Darden and said it in the way we know all too well, the condescension dripping from his voice.

11. When the defense team redecorated O.J.'s house with some art on loan from the "Cochran Collection." Ruby Bridges glistened. 


12. The morally corrupt Faye Resnick's retelling of Nicole's sexual escapades. Brentwood. Hello, anyone? 

13. When the jurors walked into the courtroom dressed all in black to protest their treatment under Judge Ito. (Did you know that one of the jurors figured out a loophole in the meal system and ordered lobster bisque and chocolate lava cake via room service? He told the other jurors and they all got in on it. Ito got the bill and reportedly flipped out. Ito vs. the jurors could've been another show!)


14. Shapiro's assistant's facial expression when Shapiro sashayed into his office after returning from vacation in his Hawaiian shirt. She didn't know how to tell him that he'd been demoted.

15. Cochran's "That's genocide" remark during his closing argument. LOL. Oh, and the way Bailey and Shapiro flinched when Cochran compared Fuhrman to Adolf Hitler.


Brilliant writing, directing (Anthony Hemingway—a black man—and the icon John Singleton were behind the camera several times) and, of course, the ensemble cast: Emmys all around for Sarah Paulson (best actress), Courtney B. Vance (best actor), and Sterling K. Brown or John Travolta for best supporting actor. The show will likely sweep award season for best miniseries.

Next up for the American Crime Story series? I hear it’s Hurricane Katrina. Excellent to hear they're treating that like the crime it was. 


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