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Saul Austerlitz
5 min readMay 12, 2021

How the HBO Max series wonders what we got wrong about the past

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Over the past decade, one of the richest questions popular culture has asked itself has been “What did we get wrong about the past?” From Ryan Murphy’s revisionist histories The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace to Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, historically oriented television has…

Saul Austerlitz

Author of Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era +4 more. Work published in the NY Times and many others. Teacher at NYU.