ByTom Cox, writer at Creators.co
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Tom Cox

The effects of the most-publicized criminal trial in American history have had a ripple effect far beyond O.J. Simpson and the families of the two murder victims. The trial single-handedly introduced the world to the drama and hilarity of reality TV.

Before O.J.'s trial there was no Big Brother, no Kim Kardashian and no Paris Hilton. What would have filled our headlines and minds instead? Silent movies? Charlie Chaplin?

Here are 10 televised treats we have thanks to the game-changing world focus on O.J. Simpson's trial for:

10. 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'

Source: E!
Source: E!

The direct relation of the Kardys to O.J. was two-fold: Robert Kardashian was his lawyer, and — this is a mouthful — O.J.'s wife Nicole's best friend was Kris K.!

9. 'Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County'

The narrator of the original two seasons of the REAL O.C., Lauren Conrad, went out with Brody Jenner, the son of Caitlyn Jenner, during successor series The Hills.

8. 'Kourtney & Kim Take New York'

Again the Kardashians rode the O.J. wave to claim stardom in 2011 as the two sistas opened up DASH boutique in the Big Apple.

7. 'Audrina'

Source: MTV
Source: MTV

Bodacious personality Audrina Partridge was good friends with Lauren Conrad in The Hills.

6. 'The Princes of Malibu'

Source: REX / Fox
Source: REX / Fox

The two broadcast episodes of this show saw the colorful antics of sons of Caitlyn Jenner — Brandon and Brody — alongside Jenner's ex-wife Linda.

5. 'I Am Cait'

Source: Bunim/Murray
Source: Bunim/Murray

Caitlyn couldn't let her progeny have all the limelight — a decade after Prince of Malibu ended I Am Cait Season 2 is underway.

4. 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

Source: Evolution
Source: Evolution

The super-real women of the palm-lined boulevards in California are linked to O.J. via Kyle Richards, who's bezzies with Faye Resnick and Yolanda, who was married to David Foster on the show.

3. 'The Simple Life'

Source: Fox
Source: Fox

Socialite-turned-DJ-or-something Paris Hilton's struggle to adapt to low-paying jobs and manual labor with Nicole Richie from 2003–2007 is forever bonded to Simpson via her mother Kathy's connection with Faye Resnick.

2. 'Candidly Nicole'

Source: VH1
Source: VH1

The Simple Life demonstrated how Nicole is buddies with Paris, so by default that binds Lionel's daughter to O.J. — and so her ongoing series Candidly Nicole is also part of the loop!

1. 'The Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica'

Source: MTV
Source: MTV

The buck doesn't stop at Nicole — she was a mentor in Fashion Star alongside Jessica Simpson, who featured in Newlyweds program about then hubby and wifey Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, which aired from 2003–2005.

How Far Is Anyone From O.J. Really?

To give you some idea of the extent of the web, here's an awesome infographic created by Vanity Fair detailing the root of the glossy many-headed TV shows spawned by the "Trial of the Century":

Source: Vanity Fair
Source: Vanity Fair

The irony is that the "end all" reality show for the O.J. trial is now being broadcast as a scripted dramatization: American Crime Story.

What's Your Favorite Reality Show?

Source: via Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair

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