The BEST Episodes of When We Rise

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

“When We Rise” chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Part IV

#1 - Part IV

Season 1 - Episode 4

It's 2008, and in the face of California's Proposition 8 stripping away the right of gays and lesbians to marry, a newly energized Cleve inspires a younger generation to organize a massive march on Washington D.C. to demand full, federal LGBTQ equality in all matters.

star 8.69
142 votes
Part II

#2 - Part II

Season 1 - Episode 2

It is 1978, and Cleve Jones, Ken Jones and Roma Guy work together to fight Proposition 6, which would ban gays, lesbians, and their allies from working in California public schools.

star 8.53
175 votes
Part III

#3 - Part III

Season 1 - Episode 3

A decade has passed, it's the early 90s, HIV/AIDS continues to ravage the gay community, and Cleve, Ken and Richard now know they have this deadly disease.

star 8.52
151 votes
Part I

#4 - Part I

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the two-hour premiere, as these idealistic social-justice fighters come out or are outed, they are forced from their jobs, their movements and their homes, and must escape to San Francisco in hopes of finding safe harbor. When their hopes turn to disappointment, they join the fledgling LGBTQ movement and together, locked arm in arm, set out to change the world.

star 8.24
241 votes
Directors: Gus Van Sant