I am always on the hunt for truly good television shows. The television shows I enjoy have great casts, interesting storylines, and high production values. Just like the rest of the world, I love to hit the next button on any streaming device and roll right into the next episode.
Two of the latest television shows I’ve watched are The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and 11.22.63.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
I know, I know, I’m a little late to the party. I’ve had The People v. O.J. Simpson on my watchlist since it first came out, but hadn’t gotten around to watching it until recently. When all the hype about this show began I was actually watching the documentary O.J.: Made in America, which was terrific in it’s own way.
I loved both the documentary and the docudrama, both extremely interesting and eye opening for someone who wasn’t around for the real life events. The docudrama is superb with its excellent casting, phenomenal storying telling, and unreal production value. Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson (who won a Golden Globe for her performance!!), Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer, Bruce Greenwood, John Travolta, and Courtney B. Vance are all outstanding. What I like so much about the docudrama is that you see how this case affected all of these other people and not just O.J. Simpson.
We get a glimpse into how this case became all too personal for one, caused extreme racial backlash for another, destroyed a longtime friendship, ruined a man’s chance to become Mayor, created a power struggle on the “Dream Team”, and was merely the means to the end for one high achieving lawyer.
If you haven't seen this 10 episode event yet, you NEED to check it out!
This science fiction thriller miniseries is based on the book 11/22/63 by Stephen King, produced by J.J. Abrams (one of my favorite directors/producers), and stars the very handsome James Franco.
The basic premise for the show is that an English teacher, Jake Epping, is presented with the opportunity to travel back in time to Dallas, Texas in 1960 by his good friend, Al Templeton. Al convinces Jake to take over his mission of preventing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Despite Al’s warning, Jake develops a life for himself in the past that may or may not affect the outcome of his pursuit.
Despite it being a science fiction thriller, there are truths and facts that are sprinkled throughout the 8-part miniseries that allow the viewer to stay grounded in reality. A fantastic eight part miniseries that I highly recommend you check out! Stephen King has expressed some interest in developing a sequel series. That means more James Franco dressed to impress, which I think is something everyone can get behind!
Check out both these binge worthy shows instead of heading out into the bitter cold!