When They See Us: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
When They See Us

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Ava DuVernay pulls no punches in When They See Us, laying out the harrowing events endured by the Central Park Five while adding a necessary layer of humanity to their story that challenges viewers to reconsider what it means to find justice in America.

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Critic Ratings: 86

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User Ratings: 513

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Air date: May 31, 2019

In the spring of 1989, five boys of color are arrested, interrogated and coerced into confessing to the attack of a woman in Central Park.

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Air date: May 31, 2019

As the jogger case stirs tensions nationwide, the boys' families and their lawyers prepare for a bitter legal battle against the city of New York.

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Air date: May 31, 2019

The boys struggle with the difficult reality of life behind bars; years later, Raymond, Anton, Yusef and Kevin return home as men in a world that has changed.

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Air date: May 31, 2019

At age 16, Korey starts a brutal journey through the adult prison system; a shocking turn of events reveals the truth of the crime, long ignored.

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Cast & Crew

Michael K. Williams
Bobby McCray

Actor
Vera Farmiga
Elizabeth Lederer

Actor
Felicity Huffman
Linda Fairstein

Actor
Niecy Nash
Delores Wise

Actor
Christopher Jackson
Peter Rivera

Actor
Omar J. Dorsey
Elombre Brath

Actor
Adepero Oduye
Nomsa Brath

Actor
Jharrel Jerome
Korey Wise

Actor
Jovan Adepo
Antron McCray

Actor
Aunjanue Ellis
Sharon Salaam

Actor
Kylie Bunbury
Angie Richardson

Actor
Marsha Stephanie Blake
Linda McCray

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Chris Chalk
Yusef Salaam

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Freddy Miyares
Raymond Santana

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Justin Cunningham
Kevin Richardson

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Ethan Herisse
Young Yusef Salaam

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Caleel Harris
Young Antron McCray

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Marquis Rodriguez
Young Raymond Santana

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Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Jonathan King
Executive Producer
Oprah Winfrey
Executive Producer
Jane Rosenthal
Executive Producer
Berry Welsh
Executive Producer
Robert De Niro
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Audience Reviews for When They See Us: Season 1

  • 23h ago
    A harrowing story about the injustices of the judicial system and the racial prejudice behind it.
  • Sep 18, 2021
    A gut-wrenching rendition of the Central Park Five disgrace of the so-called Justice System. It was very well done, which means, given the story, it is very disturbing.
  • Jun 12, 2021
    very raw and the injustice is incredibly infuriating and the suffering the boys endured is difficult to watch. great show!!
  • May 04, 2021
    A Raw and Powerful series. Just one of those stories that chips at the surface of a system that was built on/off of corruption and racism.
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Unfortunately this show had the opportunity to paint the whole picture and give clarity to the events and why the social, cultural, economic, and political atmosphere are important factors in this case, as is true of all major events. The telling of this story was not given justice and could have been much more. Instead the director chose to fabricate their mockumentary in order to push a single perspective of the event. Unfortunately that perspective treats official as evil, perpetrators of crime as victims, and victims as mere vessels for her version of the story rather than, well, victims of crime. These men were, by their own admissions (yes, after the redaction of their original confessions) and the testimony's of people at the park that night (black, white, young, and old) were involved in the rape even if not actually penetrating their victim. They held her down and beat her. For their troubles they ended up as public figures and millionaires. Anyway, give it a watch, it's fairly scant on the details of the case in as far as there is a 117 page legal document she could have sourced from for details about the prosecution and defence. Even the Wall Street journal, ABC news, and Wikipedia have a more thorough and balanced (just not made up really) account of events. Take a look.
  • Jan 12, 2021
    The story is tragic, painful and true. Watch this and keep reflecting.
  • Dec 07, 2020
    I watched this series twice and moved to tears both times. Unfortunately, after some research I discovered I was lied to: https://milnenews.com/2019/07/18/central-park-five-did-attack-jogger-and-forensic-evidence-proves-it-says-nypd-officer-on-the-case/
  • Nov 27, 2020
    A tragic racism story, showing how the justice system works at that time. The show successfully put the audience on the victim boots, exploring their emotion, story, and fate. The ending is satisfying and climatic. Love the whole cinematography with all those slow-mo effects. Great casting too, their adult version looks exactly the same | follow us at @uncle.review
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Not a fan. This injustic is tragic, but far too much emphasis is ptu upon race. Police mistreat people of all colors.
  • Sep 07, 2020
    Brilliant. Scary. Yes, it's brilliant, but totally scary! Unreal that this happened... and happens...

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