How to watch ESPN's O.J. Simpson documentary 'O.J.: Made in America'

Somehow, 2016 has turned into the year of O.J. Simpson.

Twenty-two years after Simpson was acquitted in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the trial of the former NFL star continues to captivate America.

Back in February, FX began airing a 10-part miniseries on the trial called American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

Not to be outdone, ESPN is set to run with its own piece on Simpson, only this isn't a miniseries, it's a full-fledged documentary. The seven-hour-and-43-minute film is being called the best 30 for 30 documentary that the sports network has ever produced. It currently has a potentially record-breaking perfect Metacritic score of 100.

In a review of the documentary, the Los Angeles Times called it a "masterwork of scholarship, journalism and cinematic art."

ESPN is so proud of the film that the network released it in theaters for a week so that it can qualify for an Oscar in February 2017. The film has already been shown at both the Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival

The good news for you is that you don't have to watch the documentary in a theater or at a film festival, you can watch it at home.

Here's how to watch ESPN's upcoming documentary, O.J.: Made in America.

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O.J. Simpson has been a hot topic in 2016. Getty Images

How to watch O.J.: Made in America

The five-part documentary will premiere on Saturday on ABC.

Following the premiere, the final four parts will be shown on ESPN.

Part I: Saturday, June 11, 9 p.m. ET on ABC

Part II: Tuesday, June 14, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (Part I re-airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Part III: Wednesday, June 15, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (Part II re-airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Part IV: Friday, June 17, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (Part III re-airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Part V: Saturday, June 18, 9 p.m. on ESPN (Part IV re-airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Although you can watch this documentary in five parts, director Ezra Edelman believes that viewers will get the most out of it if they watch it all at once.

"I don't build movies in a way with commercials in mind," Edelman told theVerge.com recently. "The broadcast of something that should be absorbed continuously, to see it with commercials and/or with whatever sort of words that potentially may be bleeped out is something that I don't have much interest personally in watching. So, of course I would love people to watch it in its native form if possible."

Sitting down for a seven-and-a-half-hour documentary might sound daunting, but apparently, the film is so enthralling that most people haven't had a problem doing that.

ABC and ESPN have listened to Edelman, which means viewers will have an option to watch the documentary from beginning to end in one night.

Starting on June 14, all five parts will be available for viewing online with WatchESPN.

A DVD of the documentary will also be released on July 19.

As for Simpson, the only way he'll be watching is if he's allowed to watch in jail.

The beleaguered football star has been a Nevada prison since 2008. Simpson is up for parole in 2017 and if he gets out, he could become an even more controversial figure: A close friend believes that Simpson will one day confess to the murders of Brown and Goldman.

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