Norm Macdonald's "Weekend Update" jokes (1994-1997)
The controversial "Weekend Update" host was known for his vicious treatment of O.J., refusing to mince words about Simpson's alleged guilt. (As he famously joked after the acquittal came through: "Murder is now legal in the state of California"). But not everyone enjoyed Macdonald's regular targeting of O.J.; in fact, it is widely speculated (and also widely denied) that Macdonald's O.J. jokes played a major part in his 1998 dismissal from SNL, courtesy of NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer, a close friend of Simpson's.
O.J. Simpson is an NFL sideline reporter (October 7th, 1995)
One of SNL's best O.J. sketches took place after the trial ended, depicting the recent exoneree making lots of murder-related innuendo while doing sideline commentary at an NFL game, including spelling out "I did it" while diagramming plays. It's particularly prescient, considering that O.J. would later pen a book titled If I Did It.
Barbara Walters grills Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark (March 16th, 1996)
Throughout the trial, the lawyers themselves were just as fascinating -- if not more fascinating -- than the people on the witness stand, and SNL frequently capitalized on the media frenzy surrounding the lawyer's personal lives. This sketch has 20/20's Barbara Walters (Cheri Oteri) quizzing prosecutor Christopher Darden (Tim Meadows) about his salacious relationship with co-counsel Marcia Clark (Nancy Walls).
"Church Chat" smackdown (October 26th, 1996)
In a guest-hosting stint, Dana Carvey put on the Church Lady's garb for the millionth time to shame O.J. (Tim Meadows), referring to him variously as O.J. Sinner, O.J. Slicer, O.J. Stabber, O.J. Slasher and O.J. Satan.
O.J.'s custody hearing (December 7th, 1996)
O.J.'s legal troubles continued even in the wake of the murder trial. Predictably, SNL stayed on the case, and parodied O.J.'s lack of knowledge about African-American culture in this sketch about his custody battle with his ex-wife's in-laws, with SNL's ultimate Simpson-basher, Norm Macdonald, doing the cross-examination.
O.J. Simpson denies burying his money (February 8th, 1997)
Tim Meadows repeatedly shouts "Show me the money!" in this sketch that aired after O.J. was found guilty in the civil suits against him. It's especially eerie now, given that the quip was first uttered in Jerry Maguire Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays O.J. in American Crime Story.
O.J. Simpson on murdering for love (January 17th, 1998)
SNL had an impressive ability to get mileage out of Tim Meadows' impression even when O.J. wasn't front page news. In one of the first "Weekend Update" segments following Macdonald's removal from the anchor's desk, O.J. weighs in on the case of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber.
Clinton's impeachment hearings (December 12th, 1998)
In which Meadows' O.J. swings by the Bill Clinton impeachment hearings to give some testimony, because why not?
O.J. Simpson on coming clean (January 10th, 2004)
In 2004, O.J. (played by Finesse Mitchell) appeared on "Weekend Update," along with fellow accused murderers Phil Spector (Fred Armisen) and Robert Blake (Darrell Hammond), to confess to his crimes -- almost.
O.J. Simpson jurors are hard to come by (September 20th, 2008)
O.J.’s legal tribulations continued to be a boon to SNL even up into the late 2000s. When O.J. (now played by Kenan Thompson) was charged with robbery in 2008, SNL made light of the challenges of finding non-biased jurors to adjudicate the case, as even an alien, a man locked in a bunker for decades and a woman raised by wolves know about Simpson's past misdeeds.
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Anna Silman is a staff writer at Thrillist and an alum of Salon and Vulture. She is an SNL junkie and an O.J. trial junkie in equal measure. Find her on Twitter: @annaesilman.