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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 8, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

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  • Summary: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's 2005 Peabody Award-winning eight-part documentary about the Michael Peterson murder trial comes to Netflix with three new episodes (as well as the two episodes released in 2013 for a grand total of 13 episodes).
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 7, 2018
    100
    The Staircase is consistently, understatedly astounding in what it shows us and where Mr. De Lestrade’s camera goes. ... One of the more enigmatic works of documentary ever made.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jun 7, 2018
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 7, 2018
    100
    It’s a binge-watcher’s dream come true: an absorbing epic that echoes its own subject matter. ... 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, and the myriad infuriating and exhausting ways in which it inefficiently operates.
  4. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Jun 7, 2018
    91
    There are many possible interpretations of what happened the night Kathleen Peterson died, and many different ways to judge the players involved. This ambiguity, the fact that two people can watch the same series and come away with different conclusions, is ultimately to The Staircase’s credit.
  5. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jun 10, 2018
    80
    It’s a gorgeous ending, complete with a post-credits coda.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jun 11, 2018
    80
    In a way, 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Like a good novel, The Staircase never seems to bore. It does, however, give viewers pause when it comes to the justice system.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 5, 2018
    10
    I remember the case, but I'd never heard of this before the last 3 episodes were on Netflix. It was fascinating throughout. Mike PetersonI remember the case, but I'd never heard of this before the last 3 episodes were on Netflix. It was fascinating throughout. Mike Peterson wasn't exactly likeable, but his family certainly made up for that. There is a lot of complexity to the family life and legal staff that make this very interesting to watch. Truly a case study in how the news media can totally miss the point and show their true colors in forcing opinions on others for ratings. Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Riveting! I watched all episodes in 2 days. I realize that any doc is going to be biasedly edited depending on the production team and their views but even if the whole story may not have been presented, the facts that were presented to the viewers were enough to make you really think about how perverted the criminal justice system can be and how often our rights as US citizens are not upheld. Regardless of what really happened, the show puts a spotlight on how our right to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is not something that we can take for granted as cititzens of this country 100% of the time. Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2018
    10
    Riveting, absorbing and captivating from beginning to end. Do yourself a favour and go in blind. Don't read anything about it. It's very easyRiveting, absorbing and captivating from beginning to end. Do yourself a favour and go in blind. Don't read anything about it. It's very easy to binge this though I watched it over about a week as I didn't want to finish it too soon. Expand
  4. Jun 22, 2018
    6
    Highly engaging story, extremely bloated series. The last several episodes, at least, should have been heavily edited and condensed.
  5. Jun 12, 2018
    5
    As fascinating as it is {and it really is a fascinating story} the first two episodes were a bit of a slog at times which made me think IAs fascinating as it is {and it really is a fascinating story} the first two episodes were a bit of a slog at times which made me think I lacked the staying power to sit through all THIRTEEN!

    Maybe I should have stuck with it instead of Googling the full story.
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  6. Aug 9, 2018
    5
    I watched this and was enthralled by it - fantastic exciting TV and journalism. Edge of the seat stuff. HOWEVER - I then did some moreI watched this and was enthralled by it - fantastic exciting TV and journalism. Edge of the seat stuff. HOWEVER - I then did some more research and found that the team producing this series was very selective in what they included. For example there was virtually no mention of the very significant financial issues the couple were in, or the fact that one of the french crew (Sophie Brunet, the film's editor) was having a relationship with Michael for many years during the making of the program. What about the fact that Kathleen had a large life insurance policy.... These and other issues either were totally ignored or at best mentioned in passing. This is unforgivable for was is presented as impartial journalism. Expand
  7. Jun 22, 2018
    1
    I am forced to give it a low score because as much at is a interesting exercise in style, it is excessively demanding. You have to give itI am forced to give it a low score because as much at is a interesting exercise in style, it is excessively demanding. You have to give it your full attention and it doesn't make any effort to be entertaining. It is real life in real time portrayed. If you want to know everything about this case and its trial, then it is perfect, but is far from a TV show you can recommend if you're looking for any sort of ENTERTAINMENT. Expand

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