8.8
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When They See Us

When They See Us

Netflix 2019

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

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The 10 Best Episodes of When They See Us

When They See Us - S1E4

#1 - Part Four

8.77

Season 1 - Episode 4

At age 16, Korey begins a brutal journey through the adult prison system. A shocking turn of events reveals the truth of the crime, long ignored.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of When They See Us from 728 votes.

When They See Us - S1E2

#2 - Part Two

8.27

Season 1 - Episode 2

As the jogger case stirs tensions nationwide, the families of the boys and their lawyers prepare for a bitter legal fight against the city of New York.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of When They See Us from 790 votes.

When They See Us - S1E1

#3 - Part One

8.15

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the spring of 1989, five boys of color are arrested, interrogated and coerced into confessing to the vicious attack of a woman in Central Park.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of When They See Us from 891 votes.

When They See Us - S1E3

#4 - Part Three

8.06

Season 1 - Episode 3

The boys struggle with the difficult reality of life behind bars. Years later, Raymond, Antron, Yusef and Kevin return home as men to a changed world.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of When They See Us from 725 votes.

Last updated: nov 17, 2020

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This is an excellent series. Sadly these things still happen today in places where it will never be publicized.

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I cried all over again watching this!!!!! Amazing but such a tragic story

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Oh boy, where do I start? This has got to be one of the most powerful, chilling, life-altering series I have ever seen. Being an American History major, I've studied the case in class and when I heard about _When They See Us_ coming out I was very happy that their stories were being told on a mainstream platform but anxious as to whether it would be well-executed. I have to say every single person involved has done an incredible job. Ava DuVernay (creator, director & co-writer) deserves numerous awards, I can't fault this show at all. If you watch the aftershow with Oprah Winfrey (also on Netflix), you'll see how committed DuVernay was to this series and how much it meant to her that the exonerated five had their stories told well. As far as the acting goes, every person on screen is unreal - the kids, especially, were so good that I'll probably watch everything else they will ever star in. Asante Blackk as young Kevin blew my mind as did Caleel Harris as young Antron. Jharrel Jerome as both young and old Korey deserves dozens of awards for this role. Family members played by Michael K. Williams, Niecy Nash and Marsha Blake give chilling performances also and deserve recognition. I enjoyed watching how the stories played out and found myself intrigued how it would all unfold despite knowing the end outcome. [spoiler] I really liked that they dedicated the whole of the last episode to Korey's story since his experience was so different. [/spoiler] The series should also be commended for its accuracy. For instance, the recreation of the tapes: from what the boys were wearing to the pepsi can on the table next to Korey. Also, I am really happy that they covered Trump's involvement in the case - I thought this might be removed or disregarded in the narrative with him being in the WH. I can imagine if some are unaware of the case prior to this series, they would see this as purely political. Whereas, in reality Trump's involvement was huge - his $85,000 ad calling for the death penalty for the 5 really set off and intensified society's belief that they deserved severe punishment for the crime as well as stirring up the fear of savage, "wilding" black boys. Without a doubt, this series is an extremely hard watch. I watched it alongside my girlfriend (a black American who's all too aware of these situations) and she wanted to stop watching after the first ep because it angered her so much. The situation that these boys were in was so heartbreaking and watching it unfold makes you angry, sad, frustrated - and for me, want to prevent any injustice ever happening again in America - but you need to watch it even if it makes you uncomfortable. After this series, you will want to fight the justice system yourself because these boys were subjected to extreme cruelty from the police and will never get those years back. The five men appear on the aftershow and it is clearly visible how broken some of them still are - Kevin talks about refusing therapy and simply keeping busy - it is evident the way he talks about life just how broken he is + the whole cast breaks down. I haven't seen a huge amount of promo from Netflix on this so PLEASE watch this show immediately; it is a hard watch but it is ESSENTIAL viewing for every American.

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One of the best series ever made, such a tragic story.

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This is America! [spoiler]This is America![/spoiler]

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A really hard and emotional watch at times. God bless the five men who were wrongly convicted by a corrupt justice system.

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Great mini series to watch, especially if you didn't know much about the story of the central park five. First two episodes are them as children, last two are as adults. I'll be honest the time jump was a little confusing but it makes sense once you get used to it.

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American law enforcement and American justice is just so despicable. Honestly I don’t know how it became touted the greatest country in the world.

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Literally cried throughout the series

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Brilliant and sad. The justice system fails so often it’s scary and tragic.

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