Making a Murderer: Season 1 (2015)



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


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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 (40) | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Making a Murderer: Season 1


Super Reviewer

The kind of true crime documentary that is just too unbelievable and horrendous to be true, and while emotionally exhausting and also one-sided (to be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey did in fact kill Teresa Halbach), it offers very strong arguments and evidence to support that they are both innocent and victims of an awful justice system.


Super Reviewer

Brilliant nearly beyond measure, exhilarating to the last episode, and chilling to the very core, Making a Murderer is the greatest documentary series I’ve ever seen, and quite possibly will ever see. It’s a masterpiece of filmmaking, a human drama that is vividly emblematic of the failings of our criminal justice system while also a penetrating character study. It’s more moving, thought provoking, and disturbing than any other series I have witnessed, and it isn’t even close. The series is filmed over 10 years, and follows the tragedy of one Steven Avery. Avery is originally convicted of rape and attempted murder in the 80s, only to be miraculously released 18 years later due to new DNA evidence. The trail of corruption and ineptitude that lead to that wrongful conviction spurns a huge lawsuit against the undoubtedly crooked county, Manitowac Wisconsin. He suddenly becomes inexplicably tied up in another high-profile disappearance, which features a litany of suspicious activity, weirdly discovered ‘evidence’, coerced confessions, and clear unprofessional police and prosecutorial misconduct. In sum, Avery was almost assuredly framed, or at the very bare minimum subject to artificial ‘strengthening’ of the case by law enforcement. The series is not narrated and instead features expertly woven interviews and first-person footage of real-time events. We see the ups and downs of the entire family, and the thought-process of the defense as well as the prosecution, as they skillfully manipulate the media to inculcate Avery. We also see the unspeakably troubling railroading of Avery’s cousin Brendan, a mentally limited young man who was quite obviously tricked in to giving outlandish confessions to a crime he clearly had no part in. We are able to not only witness the events as they unfold chronologically, but we are able to empathize with all the major players involved. The 10 episode structure gives the story room to breathe and explore the human dynamics that are forever changed because of a corrupt and imperfect system. A Masterpiece. 5/5 Stars


Super Reviewer

A rage inducing documentary on the trials of Steve Avery (and Brendan Dassey). It made me frustrated and sad over the disgusting corruption in the criminal justice system. Though I felt 10 one hour episodes were a bit too excessive, could really be told in 4 episodes.


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