It feels like every time you so much as look at a screen at the moment there’s a true-crime story of some sort being told. Netflix’s When They See Us is the latest, and it’s an emotional ride that will leave you feeling distraught.

When They See Us is based around the five teenagers, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, who were dubbed as the Central Park Five when they were convicted of a rape they didn’t commit.

The four-part series tells the stories of the boys and how they were coerced into confessing crimes they played no part in.  It covers the 25 year period from 1989 when the teenagers were accused, when they were exonerated in 2002 and reached a settlement in 2014.


Here’s the trailer. 

When They See Us has some pretty high-profile names involved, with it being directed and co-written by Selma‘s Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Robert DeNiro and Oprah Winfrey.

It really is a tough watch, and although the boys were proven innocent in the end, damage had been done and it should never have gotten to that stage.


Since its release on Netflix, many have taken to Twitter to air their thoughts.



When They See Us is available on Netflix now.