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When They See Us 

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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

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Ava DuVernay
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Top Rated TV #39 | Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 19 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Asante Blackk ...  Kevin Richardson (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Caleel Harris ...  Antron McCray (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Ethan Herisse ...  Yusef Salaam (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Marquis Rodriguez ...  Raymond Santana Jr (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Marsha Stephanie Blake ...  Linda McCray 4 episodes, 2019
Kylie Bunbury ...  Angie Richardson 4 episodes, 2019
John Leguizamo ...  Raymond Santana Sr. 4 episodes, 2019
Niecy Nash ...  Deloris Wise 4 episodes, 2019
Suzzanne Douglas ...  Grace Cuffee 4 episodes, 2019
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Bobby McCray 4 episodes, 2019
Jharrel Jerome ...  Korey Wise 3 episodes, 2019
Aunjanue Ellis ...  Sharonne Salaam 3 episodes, 2019
Felicity Huffman ...  Linda Fairstein 3 episodes, 2019
Len Cariou ...  DA Robert Morgenthau 3 episodes, 2019
William Sadler ...  Detective Michael Sheehan 3 episodes, 2019
Adepero Oduye ...  Nomsa Brath 3 episodes, 2019
Alexandra Templer ...  Trisha Meili 3 episodes, 2019
Denia Brache Denia Brache ...  Natividad 3 episodes, 2019
Vera Farmiga ...  Elizabeth Lederer 3 episodes, 2019
Omar J. Dorsey ...  Elombre Brath 3 episodes, 2019
Jovan Adepo ...  Antron McCray (Adult) 2 episodes, 2019
Chris Chalk ...  Yusef Salaam / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Justin Cunningham ...  Kevin Richardson (Adult) 2 episodes, 2019
Freddy Miyares ...  Raymond Santana Jr (Adult) 2 episodes, 2019
Famke Janssen ...  Nancy Ryan 2 episodes, 2019
Chukwudi Iwuji ...  Colin Moore 2 episodes, 2019
Storm Reid ...  Lisa 2 episodes, 2019
Alex Breaux ...  Tim Clements 2 episodes, 2019
Jayce Bartok ...  Detective Hildebrandt 2 episodes, 2019
Frank Pando ...  Detective Gonzales / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Edward Carnevale ...  Court Clerk 2 episodes, 2019
Tyler Dean Flores ...  Eddie 2 episodes, 2019
Maliq Johnson ...  Terence 2 episodes, 2019
Isaiah Negrón ...  Mike 2 episodes, 2019
Elijah Richardson ...  Al Morris 2 episodes, 2019
Kate Easton ...  Patricia Dean 2 episodes, 2019
Todd Lawson ...  John Loughlin 2 episodes, 2019
Caroline Hewitt ...  Local News Reporter 2 episodes, 2019
Chris Jackson ...  Peter Rivera 2 episodes, 2019
Joshua Jackson ...  Mickey Joseph 2 episodes, 2019
Gary Perez ...  Manuel Santana 2 episodes, 2019
Aurora Perrineau ...  Tanya 2 episodes, 2019
Dascha Polanco ...  Elena 2 episodes, 2019
Blair Underwood ...  Bobby Burns 2 episodes, 2019
Jimmy Gary Jr. ...  Barber 2 episodes, 2019
Vincent De Paul ...  Prison Correctional Officer 2 episodes, 2019

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Oprah Winfrey talks with the exonerated men once known as the Central Park Five, plus the cast and producers who tell their story in "When they see us"

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In 1989, a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York's Central Park, and five young people were subsequently charged with the crime. The quintet, labeled the Central Park Five, maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated. This limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. The cast is full of Emmy nominees and winners, including Michael Kenneth Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, and Blair Underwood. Oscar nominated and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay co-wrote and directed the four episodes. Written by Jwelch5742

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What if all boys were created equal?


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Jharrel Jerome lobbied for an audition while he was busy filming Mr. Mercedes (2017), for which he had grown a beard. With the beard, he was afraid he would be considered too old to play the younger Korey, and he fully expected that the project would cast two different actors to play the part at different ages. After finishing Mr. Mercedes, he shaved his beard and auditioned again. Ava DuVernay was so impressed by both his audition, and how much his facial hair aged him, that she cast him as Korey at both ages. See more »

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A hard watch but a must watch.
1 June 2019 | by rebeccarage-11322See all my reviews

This was an uncomfortable but necessary watch. I was very familiar with the case, even more so that I actually thought but to see it acted out and shot so tremendously was gut wrenching. Sadly injustice has been and will be part of life until the end of time, undoubtedly there's people fighting through it right now. I've seen quite a few negative reviews that this is just a puppet show to stomp on Trump and if that's your belief fine, but in my view facts speak for themselves and I knew about Trumps involvement in this case before this series, but there's no doubt the writer/director really wanted that message out there. Putting all politics, corruption and media aside, it's a truly harrowing, gut wrenching story about how five normal BOYS, lost their freedom, youth and innocence and how all of them including the victim never saw justice served correctly. A hard watch but a must watch.


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English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Central Park Five See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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