American Crime Story has captivated viewers since 2016 by tackling real criminal cases that transfixed the American public. Covering events like the O.J. Simpson trial and assassination of Gianni Versace, the award-winning FX series is now poised to return for a fourth season with another high-profile crime subject.
Long in development, here’s an overview on what fans can expect when American Crime Story finally returns with new controversial cases and prominent figures to dissect in its signature dramatic style.
American Crime Story Season 4 Release Date
While many may be curious about the next installment of American Crime Story, we must not lose sight of the humanity at the heart of these complex stories. As we reflect on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and its lingering impacts, judgment should give way to compassion.
Perhaps this forthcoming drama might move us to see that even those grappling with power and notoriety are, in the end, fallible people worthy of dignity. The creators have a chance to inspire empathy by adding dimension to caricatured figures, revealing truth beyond spectacle.
|American Crime Story
|Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
|Sterling K. Brown, Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr, David Schwimmer
|No. of Seasons
|3 aired, 1 upcoming
|No. of Episodes
|Anthology, Crime, Drama
|2016 – present
|High-profile real criminal cases
|The People v. O.J. Simpson
|The Assassination of Gianni Versace
American Crime Story Season 4 Story Details
American Crime Story showrunner Ryan Murphy has previously confirmed the next installment of his successful anthology series will focus on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandals of the 1990s. Titled Impeachment, this season was originally scheduled to air on FX in 2020 but faced pandemic-related delays.
Impeachment is expected to chronicle the media circus and political turmoil surrounding President Clinton’s inappropriate affair with Lewinsky and the subsequent impeachment hearings.
Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky herself, with Clive Owen as Clinton and Sarah Paulson playing Linda Tripp. The bruising partisan battles and tabloid frenzies of the Clinton era have clear relevance for understanding today’s political climate.
American Crime Story Season 4 Plot
Impeachment will use Lewinsky and other women at the center of the Clinton scandals to highlight the larger societal dynamics and media narratives that permit powerful men to exploit women and retaliate against whistleblowers. It promises to connect very personal stories of harassment and betrayal to these globally infamous series of political events in modern history that still echo today.
In classic American Crime Story style, the plot will likely bounce between multiple interweaving perspectives, recreating both intimate private tensions and operatic showdowns on the public congressional stage.
By framing famous court files through gripping personal dramas, the series excels at revealing the complex humanity behind the sensationalistic headlines.
How Many Seasons of American Crime Story Are There?
As of early 2023, American Crime Story has aired two completed seasons on FX since its 2016 premiere, covering the famous cases of The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace respectively across 18 episodes so far.
Two more seasons are in development or production, including the upcoming Impeachment installment centered on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandals of the 1990s. Additional seasons based on 2005’s Hurricane Katrina tragedy and the opioid epidemic are also in early phases of development by showrunner Ryan Murphy.
Why Was American Crime Story Removed From Netflix?
Though older seasons of American Crime Story were once available on Netflix, FX’s exclusive broadcasting deal for the series means as of 2022 it is now only streamed in the United States exclusively through Hulu. International streaming availability varies by region. Impeachment is expected to stream on Hulu in the US after premiering on FX.
Which is the Best American Crime Story Season?
Both existing seasons of American Crime Story have been critically acclaimed, garnering many Emmy wins and nominations. However, Season 1 retelling the pivotal O.J. Simpson murder case tends to be highlighted as a groundbreaking turning point for prestige true crime dramatizations on television.
With Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance starring, The People v. O.J. Simpson set a compelling tone and high bar matched by later installments.
Was an American Crime a True Story?
No, An American Crime is a 2007 film starring Ellen Page and Catherine Keener. It is based on the real 1965 torture and murder of Sylvia Likens but uses fictionalized characters.
It has no connection to FX’s American Crime Story anthology series covering different real criminal cases in recent history through dramatizations of their key real-life figures.