Making a Murderer: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Making a Murderer

Critics Consensus

Making a Murderer is a spellbinding slow burn that effectively utilizes the documentary format to tell a twisty mystery.



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 1921
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Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015
Air date: Dec 18, 2015

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Season 1 examines the legal woes of Steven Avery, a man who spent 18 years in prison despite being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault. Several years after he was released, he was accused of murder, found guilty and sent back to prison.

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Critic Reviews for Making a Murderer Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (22)

Making a Murderer has the potential to be as popular and thought-provoking as its forebears-and to have real-life repercussions.

Dec 18, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a fitting entry for Netflix, the king of binge-watching, as it's hard to hit pause on Making a Murderer once it's rolling through the queue.

Dec 18, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This excellent series captures a system that so easily loses sight of its most important duty: finding justice for its victims.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…

They take complex legal subjects and make them interesting, boiling down mundane legal bureaucracy into a cohesive story that still is able to treat all victims - no matter what side of the cell bars they are on - with respect.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Is Avery the victim of corrupt authorities, a cold-blooded psychopath, or both? "Making a Murderer" implores viewers to keep up with each twist, and the result encourages binge-viewing with purpose.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Making a Murderer is shockingly, disturbingly, infuriatingly a true story which took place in Wisconsin between 1985 and the present, and let me tell you-it will devastate you.

Dec 23, 2015 | Full Review…

The traditionally schlocky true-crime genre has been invested with new purpose... The style is patient, understated, anti-sensational. We are invited to act as detectives and jurors, sorting the truths from the fictions and the clues from the red herring.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It is riveting and dogged work.

Mar 28, 2017 | Full Review…

If you are even slightly convinced by its account of the injustices suffered by accused murderer Steven Avery, you will be infuriated and sickened to the core.

Sep 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Making a Murderer is a gripping courtroom drama, a harsh critique of a flawed and corrupt system, and an angry call to action. Above all, Making a Murderer is the kind of work that has the power to save lives. Take that for a blurb.

Jul 14, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The series repeatedly brings you to the edge of your seat and holds you there, eyes glued to the screen.

Dec 19, 2015 | Full Review…

The guilt and innocence of alleged criminals is presented as ambiguous and questionable, which could open up an interesting discussion with mature teens.

Dec 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Making a Murderer: Season 1

  • Oct 01, 2019
    So, I saw this story briefly when it was on Dateline or one of those shows and it definitely gives you a lot to think about. I am just now watching season one of this and so far all I can say is I just do not know. On one hand you think if this guy could be so cruel as to burn a animal to death even as a kid that has to be a sign of something very screwed up right? But then his conviction and all the underhanded bs done by the sherrifs dept and the DA, and all they tried to cover up it definitely does not make it seem like believing they would try and frame him all that far fetched. I have never heard of any law that says the police can order the family not be allowed on their own property for 8 days?? Why? What is it they did not want them to see? Sure they would have to stay out of the way but they had the right to be present. And if Avery is smart enough to try and cover up her car in brush so it would not be seen by air, then why in the world would he not only keep her keys but then leave them lying on his bedroom floor for anyone to find?? And the fact now his ex gf and ex wife both want to say he is a monster but they were too scared to say anything before seems like a lot of BS to me and more like they were paid to talk about him by whatever rag mag offered them money. His ex wife wrote him letters saying she was going to kill their kids and then herself and she hated "these kids" and they are calling him the monster?? Any other person who wrote that would have had those kids taken in a second and if she was so scared of him why didn't she call the prison or the police and say she wanted no contact? And the gf now wants to say he is violent - guess he wasn't that violent when she was holding his hand on camera everywhere waiting for him to win a fat settlement though, or when she was in jail for drunk driving and he supported her. This whole case is just a mess and there are far too many questions and people with easy reasons to lie to say he did this.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    Must see take on some of the things that can go wrong in a case. Even if Avery is guilty, there needs to be a reckoning with how this case was handled. Justice cannot prevail police and prosecutors aren't held to exacting standards. The way they handled this could easily result in innocent people being locked away (and Avery appears to be innocent based off of this series).
  • Feb 12, 2019
    Might be interesting but it was far too slow so I only made it half way through the first episode.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    I liked it a lot and it was fun to discuss with friends. However, I think this dude is guilty as sin.
  • Nov 05, 2018
    If you're looking for a series that will not only keep you glued but also get you fired up, Making a Murderer is that series! It isn't often that I find a show that captivates my attention in a way that truly interferes with my daily life. Regardless of what other important things I had to get done, I just couldn't pull myself away. Consider yourself warned.
  • Oct 31, 2018
    Get Steven Avery out of jail!
  • Oct 30, 2018
    I am so devoted to this documentary series. I am flabbergasted on how these 2 men are still in prison with so much corruption and wrongful actions taken by the state. There should be a new trail for both of them due to the states lack of professionalism and lack of justice. The state should have taken the rightful steps that Ms. Zellner did and not hide & plant evidence to frame 2 innocent men! I feel even more so saddened for Brendan Dassey's mother. I couldn't imagine having my son stripped away from me & take 10+ years away from me & him over them making him falsely confess. My prayers go out to the family and I hope that Zellner is able to trace the evidence to the TRUE killer to Teresa Halbach. So the Halbach's family can have a sense of peace, Teresa have peace & so 2 innocent men to finally be free. #PrayingForJustice
  • Oct 29, 2018
    Unreal injustice. I can't believe I waited so long to watch this. You MUST watch this.
  • Oct 29, 2018
    Best docuseries ive seen, sad but true case of an innocent man sent to prison twice after being framed by local corrupt law enforcement. Very well done!
  • Oct 28, 2018
    it is amazing how broken the justice system is in wisconsin. i used to go to Oshkosh for the big airshow but i will never go again for fear that some corrupt cop will take a fancy to me. the supreme court of the us should take a look at this flawed state.

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