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  • Absentee Actor:
    • Kenneth Choi is credited for the entire season as Lance Ito, but since the first three episodes take place before O.J.'s trial, he obviously doesn't appear.
    • Christian Clemenson is also credited for the entire run, but he doesn't appear after episode five.
  • All-Star Cast:
  • Dawson Casting: Dominick Dunne was roughly 70 years old during the trial, but is played by Robert Morse, who was 84 at the time of filming. A relatively minor case, but notable in that Morse was actually one year older than Dunne was when he passed away in 2009.
  • Dueling Works: With ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary, O.J.: Made in America, which was given a limited theatrical release in January 2016, and then premiered on TV on June 11th.
  • Follow the Leader: After the series became a success, other networks released a flood of new documentaries and specials about O.J. Simpson and the trial. And this was alongside previous programs based on the Simpson trial which were also rerun frequently.
  • He's Back: In a Real Life example, this was Travolta's first role as a TV series regular in an incredible 40 years (since his departure from Welcome Back, Kotter).
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  • Star-Making Role: For Sterling K. Brown, who had previously been featured as a main cast member in Army Wives and a recurring guest star in various TV projects, but was otherwise relatively unknown to the general public and industry. His performance as Chris Darden immediately earned the attention of viewers and critics and won him the Emmy award for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie (over his much more well known co-stars, John Travolta and David Schwimmer). Brown acknowledged this in his acceptance speech.
    Sterling K. Brown: Thank you to the Academy. A lot of you may not have known who I was, but you checked the box anyway, and that makes me very, very happy.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: A real-life variant. Some viewers failed to realize that the actor playing Larry King in the fourth episode was actually Larry King playing himself.
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