When We Rise: Miniseries (2016 - 2017)


Miniseries
When We Rise

Critics 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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Critic Ratings: 33

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Episodes

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Air date: Feb 27, 2017
2
Air date: Feb 27, 2017
3
Air date: Mar 1, 2017
4
Air date: Mar 1, 2017
5
Air date: Mar 2, 2017
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Air date: Mar 2, 2017
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Air date: Mar 3, 2017
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Air date: Mar 3, 2017

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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

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 (33) | Top Critics (19)

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

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

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's timid and narrow idea of what counts as progress doesn't do justice to all the bravery, imagination, and hard work that went into making that progress a reality.

Feb 27, 2017 | 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…

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.

Feb 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for When We Rise: Miniseries

  • Jul 17, 2017
    This 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, 2017
    It just a mini-series trying to take advantage of the anti-trump It over dramatize and irrelevant.
  • Mar 11, 2017
    A beautiful testament to the struggle for LGBTQ rights!
  • Mar 06, 2017
    This show is pure rubbish!
  • Mar 05, 2017
    Piece 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, 2017
    absolutely stunning!
  • Mar 03, 2017
    As 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, 2017
    At 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, 2017
    The 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, 2017
    love it! script,directors,photography,music. I really really like it.

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