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

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Ava DuVernay
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Top Rated TV #38 | Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 24 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Asante Blackk ...  Kevin Richardson (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Caleel Harris ...  Antron McCray (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Ethan Herisse ...  Yusef Salaam (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Marquis Rodriguez ...  Raymond Santana Jr (Teen) 4 episodes, 2019
Marsha Stephanie Blake ...  Linda McCray 4 episodes, 2019
Kylie Bunbury ...  Angie Richardson 4 episodes, 2019
John Leguizamo ...  Raymond Santana Sr. 4 episodes, 2019
Niecy Nash ...  Deloris Wise 4 episodes, 2019
Suzzanne Douglas ...  Grace Cuffee 4 episodes, 2019
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Bobby McCray 4 episodes, 2019
Jharrel Jerome ...  Korey Wise 3 episodes, 2019
Aunjanue Ellis ...  Sharonne Salaam 3 episodes, 2019
Felicity Huffman ...  Linda Fairstein 3 episodes, 2019
Len Cariou ...  DA Robert Morgenthau 3 episodes, 2019
William Sadler ...  Detective Michael Sheehan 3 episodes, 2019
Adepero Oduye ...  Nomsa Brath 3 episodes, 2019
Alexandra Templer ...  Trisha Meili 3 episodes, 2019
Denia Brache Denia Brache ...  Natividad 3 episodes, 2019
Vera Farmiga ...  Elizabeth Lederer 3 episodes, 2019
Omar J. Dorsey ...  Elombre Brath 3 episodes, 2019
Jovan Adepo ...  Antron McCray (Adult) 2 episodes, 2019
Chris Chalk ...  Yusef Salaam / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Justin Cunningham ...  Kevin Richardson (Adult) 2 episodes, 2019
Freddy Miyares ...  Raymond Santana Jr (Adult) 2 episodes, 2019
Famke Janssen ...  Nancy Ryan 2 episodes, 2019
Chukwudi Iwuji ...  Colin Moore 2 episodes, 2019
Storm Reid ...  Lisa 2 episodes, 2019
Alex Breaux ...  Tim Clements 2 episodes, 2019
Jayce Bartok ...  Detective Hildebrandt 2 episodes, 2019
Frank Pando ...  Detective Gonzales / ... 2 episodes, 2019
Edward Carnevale ...  Court Clerk 2 episodes, 2019
Tyler Dean Flores ...  Eddie 2 episodes, 2019
Maliq Johnson ...  Terence 2 episodes, 2019
Isaiah Negrón Isaiah Negrón ...  Mike 2 episodes, 2019
Elijah Richardson ...  Al Morris 2 episodes, 2019
Kate Easton ...  Patricia Dean 2 episodes, 2019
Todd Lawson ...  John Loughlin 2 episodes, 2019
Caroline Hewitt ...  Local News Reporter 2 episodes, 2019
Chris Jackson ...  Peter Rivera 2 episodes, 2019
Joshua Jackson ...  Mickey Joseph 2 episodes, 2019
Gary Perez ...  Manuel Santana 2 episodes, 2019
Aurora Perrineau ...  Tanya 2 episodes, 2019
Dascha Polanco ...  Elena 2 episodes, 2019
Blair Underwood ...  Bobby Burns 2 episodes, 2019
Jimmy Gary Jr. ...  Barber 2 episodes, 2019
Henry Hunter Hall ...  Jermain 2 episodes, 2019
Vincent De Paul ...  Prison Correctional Officer 2 episodes, 2019
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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. Written by Jwelch5742

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What if all boys were created equal?


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Jharrel Jerome lobbied for an audition while he was busy filming Mr. Mercedes (2017), for which he had grown a beard. With the beard, he was afraid he would be considered too old to play the younger Korey, and he fully expected that the project would cast two different actors to play the part at different ages. After finishing Mr. Mercedes, he shaved his beard and auditioned again. Ava DuVernay was so impressed by both his audition, and how much his facial hair aged him, that she cast him as Korey at both ages. See more »

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Necessary
1 June 2019 | by jlangston-29131See all my reviews

The only bad reviews I have seen are by conservative commentators who see it as a political diatribe. It isn't. It's the brutally honest story of a horrible tragedy and the racial discrimination of the time, exemplified in a nationally known case. Unfortunately for conservatives, if it's a story about racial discrimination - which has existed throughout history and continues to exist today - its considered a liberal agenda, even though it is not. It's a story of Injustice, and an excellent one at that.

Side note: Now some commentators have some now claimed that it blames Trump, but it doesn't. I would point out, however, that Trump backed their conviction and opposed their being let go even after it was demonstrated they were innocent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Central Park Five See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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