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The Staircase: Season 1 Reviews

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June 11, 2018
To call The Staircase a docu-series is a gross exaggeration. It is filmed entirely from the perspective of Peterson's team, an overwrought exploration of a self-involved family.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 11, 2018
I strongly considered sticking a fork in my eye at least eight times while the footage rolled... and rolled, and rolled, and rolled.
June 8, 2018
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...
June 7, 2018
Every episode is more in-depth than the last, making this series and its two sequels one of the most thorough true crime projects ever created.
June 8, 2018
The Staircase leaves you with an understanding not of how righteous justice is, but how evasive for so many, and how the best investigative work is thorough and slow-like the documentary itself.
June 9, 2018
There's a lot of waiting around, a lot of eavesdropping on the minutiae and small-talk of the legal system. But that offers its own insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 15, 2018
It is a tragedy of epic proportions, sprawled out over 15 years. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years. The case drags on. Yet Kathleen Peterson remains dead, reduced to a series of graphic images, to pieces of bloody evidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2018
If The Staircase is a puzzle, it's one that still works no matter how you decide to arrange the pieces.
June 8, 2018
The Staircase demonstrates how to ride the wave of a sensational true story, zooming in on fine details before pulling back to unleash game-changing revelations at the steady rate of one stunner per episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 12, 2018
The Staircase is less like other true crime documentaries and more like the Richard Linklater film Boyhood, although much sadder and involving real people.
June 11, 2018
The one-sidedness does mean you never get any sense of Kathleen...and certain questions go unanswered...Still, it's 13 hours you won't mind never getting back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2018
With the right approach, a complicated whodunit can supply truths about the best and worst of the human condition, even when the "truth" of the case is destined to remain beyond our grasp.
June 4, 2018
Far more than just a riveting mystery about whether Michael Peterson is a killer, this expanded version of The Staircase is a warts-and-all portrait of the frustrating intricacies of the American judicial system.
June 15, 2018
Unmissable stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 7, 2018
It's a fascinating series that well deserves to be held up as the gold standard among true crime documentary series.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 5, 2018
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.
June 7, 2018
Should the outcome go one way or the other at any point in the game, one wouldn't necessarily be surprised. Engrossed, yes. And hungry for more.
June 8, 2018
This three-tiered telling of "The Staircase" -- which builds, step by methodical step, on what transpired before -- is an extremely shrewd demonstration of getting maximum bang for its bucks.
June 11, 2018
The Staircase is like a true-crime version of the Up series, albeit on a much more modest scale. It is compelling, but like many entries in this genre, not exactly an objective work of journalism.
June 12, 2018
At its core, there is an extraordinary study of the character of a man, Michael Peterson, a storyteller caught up in his own drama, playing along.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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