Murder on Middle Beach: Season 1 (2020)

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Murder on Middle Beach

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Air date: Nov 15, 2020

Filmmaker Madison Hamburg returns to his hometown of Madison, Conn., to piece together the life story of his mother, Barbara, who was brutally murdered there in 2010, but the case was never solved. Through interviews with those who knew Barbara best, Madison dives into his parents' divorce and the unsettling details of his mother's life that were kept under wraps.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2020

Madison investigates the parts of his family that have been kept in the shadows, and explores the fallout of his mother's and aunts' involvement in the "Gifting Tables"-a multi-level marketing scheme that aimed to uplift women but, as it grew exponentially, evolved into something more insidious.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2020

Barbara's sister Conway opens up about her history with substance abuse, which fueled deep-seated familial resentments, and she makes a stunning accusation against someone inside Madison's family that leaves him shaken. Conway and Madison's sister, Ali, both offer their accounts of the morning they discovered Barbara's body, and Madison consults a private investigator to help find evidence to exonerate his loved ones.

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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. As Madison presses on, there are surprising roadblocks to his investigation.

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Critic Reviews for Murder on Middle Beach Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

The emotional foundation of a torn-apart family is what strengthens Murder on Middle Beach but it's also a fascinating mystery without the personal touch.

Nov 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It doesn't have a tidy ending, but grief rarely does. Filmmakers could learn a lot from how Madison Hamburg focuses on the emotional ripple effects of crime, and the very human toll that loss takes on a family and community.

Dec 8, 2020 | Full Review…

On the one hand, if anyone has the right to tell this story, it's Hamburg. And the human toll of his investigation is very close to the surface in Murder On Middle Beach, particularly when his questions get more pointed later on.

Nov 17, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Serial-style mystery rarely comes together in as traditionally satisfying a whodunit way as you might hope for... but the way the series gels is as the latest meta examination of why we're attracted to true crime in all its forms.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Murder on Middle Beach is one of the most intense and emotional true-crime docuseries ever made.

Nov 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite periodic awkwardness, Mr. Hamburg's film succeeds in sustaining the emotional weight of this enterprise.

Nov 12, 2020 | Full Review…

...although the first of four episodes starts off slowly, we soon become engrossed in the journey of 28-year-old Beach as he tries to solve the mystery of who murdered his beloved mother in 2010.

Jan 8, 2021 | Full Review…

One true crime docuseries I'd highly recommend is HBO's Murder on Middle Beach, following a young man's fight to solve his mother's mysterious murder. It's a wild tale...

Dec 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Pays careful attention to complex human behavior, all viewed through the humility of its filmmaker.

Dec 1, 2020 | Full Review…

The family and town dynamics at play in Murder On Middle Beach will keep us watching, even if we wish the series was a bit faster-paced.

Nov 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Murder on Middle Beach is like watching a surgeon wield a scalpel on his own body, uncovering new layers of infection every time he cuts. It's hard to say what's more horrifying -- that he keeps carving or that you keep watching.

Nov 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Murder on Middle Beach: Season 1

  • 6h ago
    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.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    Emotionally affecting and one of the best looks into a modern family that you'll find.
  • Dec 12, 2020
    The son of a murdered woman investigates her death. There are some strange stories and characters along the way – several twists and turns. The ending is a little disappointing, but I actually think it's quite clear who is responsible, and it's interesting to hear or guess who the people in the woman's life think is responsible. I watched this right after The Undoing, and it is fascinating to realize they both feature a very similar person.
  • Dec 12, 2020
    I watched all four episodes and enjoyed them all until the end. THERE WAS NO RESOLUTION. Total waste of four hours. I hope you have an update episode when there are answers to all of the questions.
  • Dec 12, 2020
    Very well done! Loved it!
  • Dec 11, 2020
    Incredible first time directed documentary, Madison shot this so well and I definitely cried a few times feeling for him and his family and how much this affected and continues to affect their lives. Dying to know what else was found out about his mom's murder in the police documents.
  • Dec 11, 2020
    Can't believe it's this kids first film, it's a must watch. Had me engaged the whole time.
  • Dec 10, 2020
    It's a dive into a deeply personal journey of a family's grief. Yes, you have your true crime, but his ability to create a vivid image of his late mother makes it very real, and not just entertainment. I think that's important for these types of documentaries. That people's take away is that it's not just a story, that these are real lives and real feelings. You truly emphasize for them and that journey isn't over.

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