Murder on Middle Beach: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Murder on Middle Beach

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Air date: Nov 15, 2020

Following the unsolved murder of his mother Barbara in 2010, Madison Hamburg returns to his hometown of Madison, Connecticut to piece together her life story; Madison dives into his parents' divorce and the unsettling details of his mother's life.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2020

Madison looks into his mother's involvement with the Gifting Tables -- a marketing scheme originally intended to uplift women.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2020

Barbara's sister shares her history with substance abuse; Madison is shaken by an accusation against a family member; Conway and Ali offer their accounts of the morning they discovered Barbara's body; Madison consults a private investigator.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2020

With the 10-year anniversary of his mother's death approaching, Madison leaves no stone unturned in his quest for the truth, despite concerns that his documentary may be doing more harm than good.

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  • Apr 29, 2022
    An excellent investigation-turned-love letter from a son to his murdered mother, reminiscent of heartbreaking must-see, Dear Zachary. A number of twists and revelations makes this a very interesting watch.
  • Aug 21, 2021
    Decent documentary. A little too much speculation for me. I found myself wanting more concrete evidence and there wasn't much. Otherwise, it was well done. I hope the son gets some closure.
  • Aug 05, 2021
    Madison had an hard job in here, and that must be valued. He documented all the aspects related with the death of his mother, all people (including family) involved and some old footage of his childhood. It has touching, revolting and warming moments. There is a lot of rewarding crafty work and courage behind this top-notch documentary. By itself, the documentary is already extremely pertinent and cleverly intriguing, but it deserves an extra-point for all the courage of making it so well and being in the most difficult position at the same time.
  • Jun 21, 2021
    Considering that this is Madison Hamburg's first-ever documentary and that his own mother and family are the subject of the docuseries, I was surprised at how excellent this was. I was skeptical at first that being so close to the story in question, Hamburg would not have the objectivity needed to investigate all angles and expose often ugly truths about his own family. Or indeed, that he would have already made his mind up as to who murdered his mother and would have a singular vision in bringing that person down. Instead, Hamburg was able to craft a story that was thoroughly compelling for viewers while maintaining what appeared at all times to be sincere compassion and empathy as a family member. To me, the greatest success of this documentary is that while I started watching it for the reason that I suspect we all watch true crime documentaries - for the thrill of trying to solve the mystery myself from my living room - I continued watching it because Hamburg was so earnest in his desire to discover his mother as a person, and never lost sight of that as the ultimate goal of this project. No doubt it is precisely *because* he is the son of the central figure in the documentary that he is able to avoid the exploitation and de-humanization that so often mar true crime documentaries, where the gory details and detective work overshadow the humanity of the person whose life was lost, and the trauma, loss, and humanity of all those who loved that person. The final scene in which he cuts to a clip from an old home movie of himself as a toddler with his mother was incredibly touching, and a rightful ending reminding viewers that the person at the centre of this tragedy was indeed a person.
  • Mar 28, 2021
    As soon as you decide "who must of done it?" the story unfolds with additional plausible suspects as family secrets are exposed. Very interesting and compelling to watch.
  • Feb 24, 2021
    So many twists and turns. This documentary was extremely well done and I appreciate how much went into this series. Awesome job to Madison and his team!
  • Feb 23, 2021
    Murder on Middle Beach is a fascinating true crime story that manages to have a fresh voice in a vast sea of similar offerings. It helps that the crime in question is deeply compelling, with many possible leads and it's all kept grounded by the narrator, who is also the son of the victim.
  • Jan 23, 2021
    You'll need someone else who has also seen the show to talk to. After the end you want to "debrief" with someone.
  • Dec 30, 2020
    This is so well done. Madison is a talented young filmmaker who somehow manages to tell the story of his mother's murder, methodically and objectively. Every layer brings you further into the crazy world that is his family and often has you changing your mind as to people's innocence or guilt just as it must be running through Madison's mind. It deserves a second season as there's still a lot more story to tell.
  • Dec 23, 2020
    I found this documentary to be surprisingly compelling. It's curious that certain people disliked this work due to no pat ending being offered. Guess what, that's often the case in life.

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