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When We Rise: Miniseries (2016-2017)



Critic Consensus: When We Rise works as a well-meaning outreach project with a decent cast, even if the script's ambitious reach slightly exceeds its grasp.


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The LGBT civil-rights movement is chronicled from its turbulent infancy to the present through the experiences of a diverse family of LGBT men and women.


Guy Pearce
as Cleve Jones
Austin McKenzie
as Young Cleve Jones
Emily Skeggs
as Young Roma Guy
Ivory Aquino
as Cecilia Chun
Jonathan Majors
as Young Ken Jones
Carrie Preston
as Sally Gearhart
Fiona Dourif
as Young Diane
Whoopi Goldberg
as Pat Norman
Rosie O'Donnell
as Del Martin
T.R. Knight
as Chad Griffin
Sam Jaeger
as Richard
Dylan Walsh
as Dr. Marcus Conant
Todd Weeks
as Tom Ammiano
Phylicia Rashad
as Yvette Flunder
Debra Winger
as Justice Kagan
Douglas Smith
as Young Man
Henry Czerny
as David Boies
Jayne Taini
as Elouise
Nick Eversman
as Scott Remple
Matthew Del Negro
as Mayor Newsom
Mary McCormack
as Roberta Kaplan
Kevin McHale
as Bobbi Campbell
Justin Sams
as Sylvester
Charles Socarides
as Richard Socarides
Arliss Howard
as Ted Olson
John Rubinstein
as Charles Socarides
Denis O'Hare
as Jim Foster
Rob Reiner
as Mr. Blankenhorn
Don Frankel
as President Clinton
Richard Schiff
as Judge Walker
J.J. Boone
as Leslie
William Sadler
as Chuck Cooper
Pernell Walker
as Gwenn Craig
Michael DeLorenzo
as Jose Sarria
Melora Hardin
as Carole Midgen
Derek Phillips
as Dan White
Seth Fisher
as Senior Advisor
Bruce Bealke
as Officer 1
Sianoa Smit-McPhee
as McPhee - Annie
Chris Pray
as Bystander
Dylan Arnold
as Younger Gilbert
Larry Guli
as Justice Scalia
James Pinkman
as Basher #2
as Bobbi
Joseph Baken
as Kid Handcuffed by Cops
Larissa Laskin
as Roma's Sister
Sandy Stier
as Sandy Stier
Matthew Uhlik
as Young Basher
Jeff Zarillo
as Jeff Zarillo
Kelly Crump
as Two Tons of Fun #1
Misa Malone
as Two Tons of Fun #2
Paul Katami
as Paul Katami
Kris Perry
as Kris Perry
Prado Yvel Gomez
as Trans Singer
Carla Pauli
as Staffer
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Critic Reviews for When We Rise: Miniseries

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (18)

Important television, but also wildly, maddeningly uneven TV, too.

February 27, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

For those under a certain age it's likely to be a well-dramatized history lesson; for those over that age it's a flashback look at modern times.

February 27, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

When We Rise is an enriching, bonafide TV event of the first order and also powerful enough to change more than a few entrenched minds. Bravo to ABC, for unflinchingly standing behind it. You don't have to watch. But really, you should.

February 27, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Only by its own wild choices, like stunt casting and narrative stasis does the series start to lose its way, although the fire for the story it wants to tell is constantly, visibly burning.

February 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Given the shortcomings and overreaches of the script, the acting is as good as it can be, with Skeggs standing out as the young Guy and Williams evoking deep alienation effectively.

February 23, 2017 | Full Review…

A sprawling story creates an awkward combination of history lessons and personal stories, and broadcast standards prove far too restrictive. The result is a conglomeration of narratives that never reach their full potential.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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