The BEST Episodes of American Crime Story

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Network: FX

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.

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The Verdict

#1 - The Verdict

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 5, 2016

The prosecution and defense make their closing statements, the jurors deliberate, and the verdict comes down.

star 8.33
3,209 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander
Manna from Heaven

#2 - Manna from Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 29, 2016

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 8.09
3,266 votes
Writers: Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander
Man Handled

#3 - Man Handled

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 12, 2021

The Office of the Independent Counsel ensnares Monica Lewinsky, holding her for 12 traumatizing hours in a hotel room.

star 7.99
79 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Sarah Burgess (II)
A Jury in Jail

#4 - A Jury in Jail

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 22, 2016

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 7.90
2,955 votes
Writers: Joe Robert Cole
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

#5 - Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 8, 2016

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

star 7.89
2,926 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: D.V. DeVincentis
Conspiracy Theories

#6 - Conspiracy Theories

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 15, 2016

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 7.89
2,950 votes
Writers: D.V. DeVincentis
100% Not Guilty

#7 - 100% Not Guilty

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 23, 2016

Jury selection becomes thorny, Johnnie Cochran angles to take over the defense, and Marcia Clark calls on Christopher Darden to join the prosecution.

star 7.85
2,944 votes
Writers: Larry Karaszewski, Maya Forbes, Scott Alexander, Wally Wolodarsky
The Race Card

#8 - The Race Card

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 1, 2016

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 7.85
2,896 votes
Directors: John Singleton
Writers: Joe Robert Cole
Do You Hear What I Hear?

#9 - Do You Hear What I Hear?

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 5, 2021

As Monica prepares to leave D.C., she grows concerned that someone is sharing news about her affair. Linda meets with the FBI.

star 7.79
146 votes
Writers: Halley Feiffer
From the Ashes of Tragedy

#10 - From the Ashes of Tragedy

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 2, 2016

After the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are discovered, police finger O.J. as a suspect and prosecutor Marcia Clark takes the case.

star 7.75
3,835 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander

#11 - Alone

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 21, 2018

The hunt for spree-killer Andrew Cunanan comes to a frantic end.

star 7.74
1,041 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
The Dream Team

#12 - The Dream Team

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 16, 2016

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 7.72
3,312 votes
Writers: D.V. DeVincentis
The Run of His Life

#13 - The Run of His Life

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 9, 2016

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 7.71
3,434 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander
The Man Who Would Be Vogue

#14 - The Man Who Would Be Vogue

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 17, 2018

The murder of Gianni Versace turns the eyes of the world onto Miami Beach.

star 7.64
1,744 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
The Telephone Hour

#15 - The Telephone Hour

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 28, 2021

Monica leans on Linda for support. Linda begins documenting their conversations.

star 7.63
172 votes
Writers: Flora Birnbaum
Not to be Believed

#16 - Not to be Believed

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 21, 2021

Tensions rise between Monica and the President. Paula is offered a settlement. Linda begins to feel that she has a target on her back.

star 7.53
195 votes
Writers: Sarah Burgess (II)
The President Kissed Me

#17 - The President Kissed Me

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 14, 2021

Monica reveals to Linda that she is having an affair with the most powerful man in the world.

star 7.52
220 votes
Writers: Sarah Burgess (II)

#18 - Exiles

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 7, 2021

After the death of her boss, White House staffer Linda Tripp is moved to The Pentagon where she meets Monica Lewinsky. Paula Jones decides to sue The President for sexual harassment.

star 7.51
270 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Sarah Burgess (II)
House by the Lake

#19 - House by the Lake

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 7, 2018

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

star 7.47
1,258 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Tom Rob Smith

#20 - Creator/Destroyer

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 14, 2018

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

star 7.46
1,051 votes
Directors: Matt Bomer
Writers: Maggie Cohn, Tom Rob Smith
Don't Ask Don't Tell

#21 - Don't Ask Don't Tell

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 14, 2018

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

star 7.44
1,242 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Tom Rob Smith
A Random Killing

#22 - A Random Killing

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 31, 2018

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

star 7.43
1,385 votes
Writers: Tom Rob Smith

#23 - Manhunt

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 24, 2018

Andrew Cunanan arrives in Miami to stalk Gianni Versace.

star 7.41
1,514 votes
Directors: Nelson Cragg
Writers: Tom Rob Smith

#24 - Descent

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 28, 2018

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

star 7.40
1,150 votes
Writers: Tom Rob Smith

#25 - Ascent

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 7, 2018

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

star 7.33
1,076 votes
Writers: Tom Rob Smith