The Staircase: Season 1 (2005)


Critic Consensus: The Staircase -- in its newly expanded form -- offers a gripping, detailed depiction of the complex justice system, even if the overall narrative lacks objectivity.


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Air date: Apr 4, 2005
Air date: Apr 4, 2005
Air date: Apr 4, 2005
Air date: Apr 4, 2005
Air date: Apr 4, 2005
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The sheer amount of archival footage in this show is absolutely nuts.

Jul 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's illuminating how flawed and naïve the concept of blind justice is.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

If The Staircase is a puzzle, it's one that still works no matter how you decide to arrange the pieces.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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Unmissable stuff.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's tricky to write about this series without giving spoilers and, by dint of it being a trial drama, it's much more satisfying...

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a must-watch for anyone interested in true crime shows as it's not only a fascinating case on its own but really the template for so much that's on television and streaming services today.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Where Making A Murderer dragged, The Staircase darts. Where Making A Murderer has you applauding your guesswork, The Staircase has you damned.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The Staircase functions best as a documentary looking intently on the shortcomings of the American legal system, and how things can become so convoluted and messy that both victims and the accused will never find justice, closure, or peace.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 7.7/10 | Full Review…

Most of us would like to think that, if we were in Michael Peterson's position, certain processes would be in place.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

By the end of its examination of the ways a trial can be skewed by investigators and faux "expert" witnesses, you will never want to break the law and face a so-called jury of your peers.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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