Netflix’s New True Crime Series Will Look At One Of The Most Controversial Cases In US History

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 29.05.19

Humanity has always been guilty of enjoying a little bit of schadenfreude, but things have gone next-level in recent years.

True crime documentaries and dramas are being rolled out left, right and centre and with Netflix being responsible for what seems like over half of them, it’s not surprising at all that people are absolutely lapping them up.


Even less than surprising is that Netflix are more than willing to oblige feeding the public demand, and are releasing true-crime drama about one of the most infamous cases of recent years.


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 covers the 25 year period between 1989 when the teenagers were accused, up until when they were exonerated in 2002 and reached a settlement in 2014.

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.


The four-part series features Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Vera Farmiga (The Departed), John Leguizamo (John Wick), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Blair Underwood (In Treatment), Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek), Famke Janssen (X-Men) and more.

It’s currently got a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 87% on Metacritic, with TIME calling the show an “elegant, wrenching four-part reenactment of the Central Park Five saga”.

When They See Us will be released on Netflix on the 31st of May – tomorrow, in fact – which marks the 30 year anniversary since they were first accused.

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