You need to see it


Gray Boul, Staff Writer

A series everybody should watch is When They See Us on Netflix which came out in 2019.

The mini-series begins in 1989, when a female jogger in New York City was assaulted and raped in Central Park.  The story revolves around the lives and families of the five young men who were falsely charged. They were labeled as the Central Park Five and spent years fighting the convictions and kept hoping to be exonerated. When They See Us examines the role that the five suspects’ races played in their incrimination. All five of the men were latino or African-American. The five teenagers’ names were Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise. They were between 14-16 years old at the time. Four of them served 6-7 years in prison and Korey Wise, the oldest one, was tried as an adult and served a total of 13 years in prison, even being in solitary confinement at times. This short series showed the effects that the wrongful convictions had on themselves and their families. It portrayed a racist justice system and also showed how the media amplified the lies that put the Central Park Five in prison.

The series features an ensemble cast, including Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Logan Marshall-Green, Joshua Jackson, Blair Underwood, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Kylie Bunbury.  When They See Us received critical acclaim, with particular praise for its cast. At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, it received 11 nominations; Jerome won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie while it was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series and Ellis, Nash, Blackk, Leguizamo, Williams, Blake, and Farmiga all received acting nominations. The series also won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Limited Series.