Central Park Five and Netflix

Netflix started releasing Prison documentaries and this tapped into a big interest of the American people.

The “Central Park Five,” as these boys became known, are the subject of Netflix’s hit true crime-based miniseries, When They See Us

These 5 young men in Central Park in 1989 one morning were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Central Park Five were Kevin Richardson, 14, Raymond Santana, 14, Antron McCray, 15, Yusef Salaam, 15, and 16-year-old Korey Wise.

These young men ended up being accused of attempted rape, assault and robbery. These young men spent over a decade in prison before the truth came out.

The reputations of the “Central Park Five” were restored when, in June of 2002, a convicted murderer and serial rapist named Matias Reyes — who was then serving a life sentence — admitted it was he who’d attacked Meili. 

When They See Us on Netflix allows the people to watch the story unfold right before our eyes.

The care about this story spoke volumes. The American people wanted an inside look at this case and When They See Us allow us to see the prison system and effect is has on people.

On June 12, the streamer said that When They See Us was its most-watched series in the U.S. every day since it premiered May 31, notable considering Netflix rarely releases its viewing data.

When They See Us was one of the most popular series on the streaming platform. Now the numbers are out, showing more than 23 million accounts worldwide have watched.

The care about real world issues is allowing these paid streaming services to tap into a new outlet for their audiences.

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