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Important television, but also wildly, maddeningly uneven TV, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The struggle for gay rights in America is absolutely a piece of history we should all learn. It's too bad, then, that ABC's bloated, self-serious miniseries When We Rise is such a slog to get through.
This four-night drama about the gay and lesbian rights movement in the United States is packed with wonderfully nuanced performances and splendidly resonant moments.
While the excellent acting and compelling storyline in this series will likely draw viewers attention, the often stilted messaging can dull the drama.
When We Rise is a high minded and generally recommended history of the gay rights movement, a sincere effort by Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter of Milk to provide history and hope in an eight-hour project.
Arriving at a time when so much of the country is primed for its own organized protests, When We Rise offers valuable models for resistance in the present day.
Audience Reviews for When We Rise: Miniseries
Jul 17, 2017This is the first comprehensive history lesson brought into everyone's home via network television. It is very hard to compress decades and decades of history and movement into an 8 hour mini-series, but the producers of this have done very well. Unfortunately, network television today doesn't have the same exposure, so it wouldn't have the same effect had this ran in the 90's or 80's, but the point is that it was time to finally see something that portrayed the real events that have happened in the past half century in the march toward equality. Bravo!
Jun 14, 2017It just a mini-series trying to take advantage of the anti-trump It over dramatize and irrelevant.
Mar 11, 2017A beautiful testament to the struggle for LGBTQ rights!
Mar 06, 2017This show is pure rubbish!
Mar 05, 2017Piece of garbage show. Goes to show what happens when the sole reason for making a show is to lecture to "stupid, red state homophobes." I don't choose entertainment that is trying to teach me a lesson.
Mar 04, 2017absolutely stunning!
Mar 03, 2017As a gay millennial, this show is a must see, an expanded version of MILK, everyone must see this. Great acting, historically accurate and very important.
Mar 03, 2017At such a time in the USA and the world where the LGBTQ community still faces discrimination and violence against us this miniseries came along at a perfect time. I cried alot of sad and happy tears along with so many others who viewed #WhenWeRise that my face was tomato red all week lol. With such a bigot as potus right now WE all need to come together and continue to fight for our rights. And the mini series and Cleve Jones is right...One struggle. One fight. I highly recommend this miniseries become a staple in helping educate the people and older people just what the LGBTQ life is and how much we've had to fight for equality along the way. 5 out 5 stars most definitely!
Mar 03, 2017The writing and acting in this series has been amazing thus far. It's emotional and heart-rending, and it's a reminder of just how far this civil rights issue has come since its inception. The bravery shown by these people is inspiring.
Mar 03, 2017love it! script,directors,photography,music. I really really like it.