Subtitled Impeachment, the third instalment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology franchise follows on from earlier series The People v. OJ Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
However, this story is slightly different, as Monica Lewinsky not only gave approval for the story to be told but had an active involvement in the show’s production.
Tracking the years that led up to the uncovering of the scandal, Impeachment follows Clinton’s seduction of 22-year-old Lewinsky, who from 1995 to 1996 was an unpaid intern at the White House.
Their affair came to light in 1998 as part of an investigation into Clinton’s behaviour while in office as president and, previously, governor of Arkansas.
Lewinsky and Clinton both initially denied their affair but were caught out when Lewinsky was secretly recorded admitting everything by friend Linda Tripp while working at the Pentagon in 1997.
Tripp would later pass the recordings on to expose Clinton's behaviour.
It sparked a media scandal that dragged both of their names into the spotlight – with Lewinsky still to this day somewhat vilified for her involvement with a married President.
The sex scandal would ultimately lead to Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1998.
There’s clearly plenty of intrigue to be had around the case, and Impeachment plans to lift the lid on what actually happened behind closed doors.
Watch a clip from Impeachment: American Crime Story
The drama also aims to allow Lewinsky to get her side of the story across, after more than 23 years being seen as ‘the other woman’ who marred a political empire.
Who stars in Impeachment: American Crime Story?
Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein takes on the role of the young and naive Monica Lewinsky, with Clive Owen as President Bill Clinton.
Edie Falco portrays Clinton’s cheated-on wife Hillary.
But the central character of the story is Linda Tripp, played by American Horror Story mainstay Sarah Paulson.
Impeachment boasts an all-star ensemble cast, including How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders as conservative political commentator Ann Coulter, Masters Of Sex’s Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam as Steve Jones, and Twilight’s Elizabeth Reaser as Kathleen Willey.
What are the reviews saying so far?
Impeachment: American Crime Story debuted on 7 September in the US and was met with mixed reviews.
Paulson received criticism for wearing a fat suit and prosthetics in order to portray Tripp, instead of the show casting a plus-size actress.
On review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, Impeachment received a divisive 67% based on 57 reviews.
Feldstein is highly praised as Lewinsky, deemed one of the stand-out stars of the show alongside Paulson.
But it has been claimed that there’s a "revisionist history" at play due to Lewinsky’s close involvement in the show’s production.
The Guardian said: “There's at times a little bit too much for the show to take on, especially one that tends to repeat itself, and it works best when the focus remains tight on Tripp, whose bizarre travails grip even when the show around her slips.”
Time Magazine said: “If there's a point to this exercise, it gets lost amid so many histrionic reenactments of scenes we've seen replayed on the news and parodied in late-night comedy for more than two decades."
Entertainment Weekly added: "Impeachment is not as emotionally resonant as ACS's previous installments, The People v. OJ Simpson and The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, but it's a gripping and challenging retelling of a presidential scandal – and our nation's moral failure."
Impeachment: American Crime Story starts tonight at 9.15pm on BBC Two.