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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Air date: Feb 27, 2017
Air date: Feb 27, 2017
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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
T.R. Knight
as Chad Griffin
Dylan Walsh
as Dr. Marcus Conant
Todd Weeks
as Tom Ammiano
Phylicia Rashad
as Yvette Flunder
Debra Winger
as Justice Kagan
Henry Czerny
as David Boies
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
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
Melora Hardin
as Carole Midgen
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
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.

Feb 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.

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

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.

Feb 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.

Feb 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.

Feb 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.

Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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.

Mar 6, 2017 | Full Review…

When We Rise admirably illustrates the virtue and necessity of activism, but it doesn't have enough muscle. There's a piousness, a politeness at root in the series that withers in the harsh glare of our political moment.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

While the excellent acting and compelling storyline in this series will likely draw viewers attention, the often stilted messaging can dull the drama.

Feb 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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