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.
What if all boys were created equal?
Did You Know?
Since the release of this series, there has been a great backlash against the actual former prosecutor, Linda Fairstein
, which has caused her to resign from the board of alma mater at Vassar College. Additionally, her publisher, ICM Partners, has severed ties with her. In response, Fairstein posted an article in the Wall Street Journal, which outlined all the discrepancies from the actual trial. See more