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: 1917
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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…

Audience Reviews for Making a Murderer: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Oct 28, 2018
    Making a Murderer is an interesting documentary and does a great job of highlighting the failures of the American justice system. Throughout the twists and turns of the documentary you will be kept questioning Avery's (and Dassey's) guilt and questioning how either of these trials were considered fair. Unfortunately the questions that the show raises all fall apart once you start doing a bit more research into the cases. Whilst the claim is that this was approached from a neutral viewpoint, when you look into the sheer volume of key evidence that has been left out of the documentary, it's clear that at some point during filming the angle shifted to a desire to show Avery as a framed man regardless of what the evidence actually suggests. It cheapens the impact of the documentary, leaving it feel more like an attempt at emotional manipulation than a real eye opener.
  • Oct 27, 2018
    I feel so sorry for the two men wrongful justice

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