The Best Episodes of American Crime Story

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2019

An award-winning anthology series that examines some of America's most famous crimes. Each season is presented as a self-contained mini-series following unrelated true events.

The Verdict

#1 - The Verdict

Season 1 - Episode 10

In the season finale, the prosecution and defense make their closing statements; the jurors deliberate; and the verdict is given.

star 8.33
2,801 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
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Manna from Heaven

#2 - Manna from Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 9

Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey head across the country to get their hands on the Mark Fuhrman tapes. Judge Ito must decide whether the tapes, and the racial epithets they contain, are admissible.

star 8.07
2,833 votes
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
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Conspiracy Theories

#3 - Conspiracy Theories

Season 1 - Episode 7

Conspiracy theories start to arise around the case. The prosecution debates whether they should have O.J. Simpson try on the gloves in court.

star 7.88
2,544 votes
Writers: D.V. DeVincentis
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

#4 - Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

Season 1 - Episode 6

As Marcia Clark juggles her home and work obligations, she starts to feel the public scrutiny of her appearance.

star 7.88
2,570 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: D.V. DeVincentis
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A Jury in Jail

#5 - A Jury in Jail

Season 1 - Episode 8

Months into the trial, cut off from their families, society and the media, the jurors grow stir crazy and start becoming unlikely targets for the prosecution and the defense. Meanwhile, the country gets an introduction to the science of DNA evidence.

star 7.86
2,554 votes
Writers: Joe Robert Cole
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100% Not Guilty

#6 - 100% Not Guilty

Season 1 - Episode 4

Johnnie Cochran brings an energy that transforms the case. As jury selection gets underway, the prosecution and defense seek out the assistance of jury research experts, who come back with some surprising results. Meanwhile, Faye Resnick publishes a tell-all book, complicating the court proceedings.

star 7.80
2,532 votes
Writers: Wally Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
The Race Card

#7 - The Race Card

Season 1 - Episode 5

As the trial begins, Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran face off in court. Chris has doubts about Mark Fuhrman as a witness. The jury visits the crime scene.

star 7.79
2,494 votes
Directors: John Singleton
Writers: Joe Robert Cole
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Alone

#8 - Alone

Season 2 - Episode 9

In the season finale, the hunt for spree-killer Andrew Cunanan comes to a frantic end.

star 7.75
849 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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From the Ashes of Tragedy

#9 - From the Ashes of Tragedy

Season 1 - Episode 1

The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman lead the LAPD to the home of O.J. Simpson

star 7.71
3,321 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
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The Dream Team

#10 - The Dream Team

Season 1 - Episode 3

Marcia Clark announces that O.J. Simpson has been charged. Robert Shapiro seeks advice from F. Lee Bailey and comes up with a provocative strategy. As Shapiro starts putting together “The Dream Team”, he must convince O.J. to hire Johnnie Cochran.

star 7.66
2,844 votes
Writers: D.V. DeVincentis
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The Run of His Life

#11 - The Run of His Life

Season 1 - Episode 2

With O.J. Simpson missing in the white Bronco, Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian deal with the fallout, as the D.A.’s office and LAPD scramble to save face and find him.

star 7.66
2,999 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
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The Man Who Would Be Vogue

#12 - The Man Who Would Be Vogue

Season 2 - Episode 1

The eyes of the world turn to Miami Beach, Florida, following the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.

star 7.61
1,449 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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Creator/Destroyer

#13 - Creator/Destroyer

Season 2 - Episode 8

A young Andrew Cunanan struggles with his oppressive father as a young Gianni Versace becomes a designer.

star 7.52
837 votes
Directors: Matt Bomer
Writers: Tom Rob Smith, Maggie Cohn
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House by the Lake

#14 - House by the Lake

Season 2 - Episode 4

Minneapolis architect David Madson is forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan.

star 7.48
1,043 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell

#15 - Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Season 2 - Episode 5

Naval officer Jeffrey Trail meets Andrew Cunanan for the first time, and Gianni Versace reveals his sexuality to the world.

star 7.45
992 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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Manhunt

#16 - Manhunt

Season 2 - Episode 2

Andrew Cunanan arrives in Miami to stalk fashion designer Gianni Versace.

star 7.43
1,258 votes
Directors: Nelson Cragg
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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A Random Killing

#17 - A Random Killing

Season 2 - Episode 3

Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin is murdered in what police describe as a random killing.

star 7.39
1,130 votes
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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Descent

#18 - Descent

Season 2 - Episode 6

Andrew Cunanan celebrates his birthday in San Diego as his life starts to fall apart.

star 7.38
913 votes
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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Ascent

#19 - Ascent

Season 2 - Episode 7

Andrew Cunanan leaves behind a troubled family life as Donatella Versace struggles to find her role within the Versace empire.

star 7.31
867 votes
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
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