A 15-day old series on Netflix topped the charts, becoming the most popular show. Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” trounced “Lucifer” season four, as it became the most watched show on the platform in past two weeks.
The limited series is based on the real story of the Central Park Five case that took place 20 years ago. It dramatizes the wrongful arrest and conviction of five teenagers for crimes they didn’t commit.
Netflix took to Twitter to highlight that since the series released on May 31, it has recorded maximum views every day. “When They See Us has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the US every day since it premiered on May 31,” wrote Netflix US.
Director Ava DuVernay quoted the tweet, showing her excitement with just one word, faints.
However, the streaming giant didn’t release any additional information or data, as a part of it’s policy. Yet, the impact of “When They See US” is undeniable, as it also became one of the must-watch series of the year.
While the public response for the four-part Netflix series, it has induced a backlash against the real-life characters of the case. The former head of the sex-crimes division of the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Linda Fairstein was overseeing the “Central Park Five” case. Last week, her long time publisher Penguin Books’ Dutton imprint dropper her.
In an op-ed piece on the Wall Street Journal, Fairstein claimed that the Netflix show “wrongly portrays [the exonerated defendants] as totally innocent — and defames me in the process.”
The controversy also soared along with the rising popularity. In addition to DuVernay, several other writers worked on the series— Michael Starrbury, Robin Swicord, Attica Locke, and Julian Breece. However, the disputes have raised several questions, one of which is if the Netflix story of the Central Park case is accurate?
Where the people are increasingly becoming interested in watching “When They See Us”, the impact is definitely going to be massive. Where Fairstein is claiming the narrative to be a Defamatory “Fabrication”, will she be able to provide a good proof to support her statement?