FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson, which had its finale this week, brought back to the limelight a trial that was once the trial of the century but that for many people had faded into a series of keywords and images—a white Bronco, black gloves, and the words, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” As the show walked viewers through the O.J. Simpson trial, it exposed the different societal and psychological undercurrents at play—race, gender, and class among them—for all the trial’s key players. This summer, a new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, O.J.: Made in America, will give us another look at the trial—and believe it or not, it seems genuinely worth watching.
The trailer for the documentary is gripping, as it recalls Simpson’s fame as a football star and celebrity, in the context of what it meant to be a black man in America. The documentary has received high praise for the way it addresses this tension. As Variety notes, the doc “takes its title to heart, adding rich contextual layers to the case, including a dive into the history of Los Angeles race relations that played such a central role in his acquittal.” The doc will premiere on June 11 on ABC, and subsequent episodes will air on ESPN.