...and candy for reality-TV junkies
From the 50-mile Ford Bronco chase O.J. led police on across the freeways of Los Angeles before turning himself in -- see, I told you this was insane -- to the legal in-fighting and back-stabbing that plagued both the prosecution and defense teams, the so-called "trial of the century" gave Americans a peek into a world that was glamorous and sordid in equal measure. It fueled the fixation with real-life, real-time drama that endures to this day.
It also turned the participants into bona fide celebs: prosecutor Marcia Clark (whose nude vacation photos became tabloid fodder as the case heated up); O.J. houseguest Kato Kaelin (patron saint of freeloaders everywhere); and stage-five-clinger/O.J. BFF Robert Kardashian, who stood by his friend even as evidence of his guilt mounted, and whose notoriety arguably led to the green-lighting of Keeping Up With the Kardashians in 2007 (and yes, Kris, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe do make appearances in American Crime Story).
As the case's real participants undoubtedly begin to weigh in and old tabloid mainstays like Kaelin come out of the woodwork, American Crime Story promises to deliver that tantalizing merging of entertainment and reality that characterized the trial in the first place. (Kendall and Kylie, as ever, we await your Instagram commentary.)