Tuesday, 10 p.m., NBC


Dick Wolf expands his Law & Order franchise with the true crime series focusing on the 1996 murder trial of Lyle (Gaston Villanueva) and Erik Menendez (Gus Halper) who were defended by defense attorney Leslie Abramson (Edie Falco)

What The Critics Say (Metascore 57)

  • The Menendez story is not as immediately consuming as the celebrated O.J. series, perhaps because there was no dramatic car chase or fallen-celebrity scenario to kick off the story. But with a solid cast and Falco in the lead, The Menendez Murders has the potential to dominate in an otherwise crowded field of true-crime dramas. — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times
  • They play like an old-school Law & Order episode elongated well past the point of interest, without any of the nuance or larger sociological implications that justified (Ryan) Murphy and friends devoting so much time to the O.J. Simpson trial. — Alan Sepinwall, UPROXX
  • All of this is very watchable, as with all Law & Order, but not without coating the viewer in a little true slime. … The Menendez Murders, in comparison, simply feels like the most high-profile case that Dick Wolf, the Law & Order impresario, could grab the rights to. — Willa Paskin, Slate