David Lynch’s Lost Highway remains one of his most polarizing projects to date. Inspired in part by a creepy occurrence that actually happened to him, Lost Highway pulls its pivotal murder straight from the headlines. Lynch has been open about this in the past, and it’s clear to see his influence on the film.
As one of the most popular comedies of the 90s, it’s no surprise that Seinfeld took on the OJ trial as the basis for one of its most memorable episodes. The OJ influence is clear, but Seinfeld still manages to put his own twist on the case here.
While some projects might draw from the actual murder itself, others seemed to be more influenced by the immense amount of coverage the trial received. That’s the case with The Cable Guy, Ben Stiller’s darkly comedic film about a cable guy who becomes obsessed with the life of one of his clients. In the background, the trial of fictional Sam Sweet plays out in bits and pieces.
Marcia Clark was put back in the spotlight after being popularized by the hugely successful miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson. As a result, Clark took her experience in the courtroom to craft a miniseries of her own: The Fix, loosely based on her time and involvement with the OJ trial.
As the other incredibly well-known comedy series from the 90s, The Simpsons would’ve been crazy not to try and riff on OJ Simpson and the media coverage that came before his court proceedings. Despite maintaining a timeless feel, the show never slept on the opportunity to include some topical humor—this episode is a prime example.