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The Staircase

The Staircase

HBO Max 2022

An exploration of the life of Michael Peterson, his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Staircase

The Staircase - S1E6

#1 - Red in Tooth and Claw


Season 1 - Episode 6

In 2006, Sophie pursues a far-fetched new theory about the night of Kathleen’s death. Then, in 2017, Michael grapples with compromising his principles in exchange for his freedom.

The episode was rated from 159 votes.

The Staircase - S1E4

#2 - Common Sense


Season 1 - Episode 4

After an unexpected homecoming, a critical discovery rocks the Peterson household. Michael’s fate hangs in the balance as the trial ends.

The episode was rated from 201 votes.

The Staircase - S1E8

#3 - Episode 8


Season 1 - Episode 8


The episode was rated from 57 votes.

The Staircase - S1E2

#4 - Chiroptera


Season 1 - Episode 2

While working on his defense, Michael considers an opportunity to tell his story in a documentary. Then, after learning shocking information about her stepfather, Caitlin wrestles with doubts.

The episode was rated from 244 votes.

The Staircase - S1E7

#5 - Seek and Ye Shall


Season 1 - Episode 7

After a body with similar injuries to Kathleen’s turns up at the county morgue, Sophie continues her quest to uncover what really happened to Kathleen. Meanwhile, Martha decides to dig into her fraught past, despite pushback from Margaret.

The episode was rated from 138 votes.

The Staircase - S1E1

#6 - 911


Season 1 - Episode 1

In 2001, author and aspiring local politician Michael Peterson is charged with murder after the suspicious death of his wife Kathleen.

The episode was rated from 329 votes.

The Staircase - S1E3

#7 - The Great Dissembler


Season 1 - Episode 3

As the DA’s office attempts to solidify their case, shocking new details surface about Michael’s past that threaten to derail the defense.

The episode was rated from 232 votes.

The Staircase - S1E5

#8 - The Beating Heart


Season 1 - Episode 5

In the aftermath of the verdict, the Petersons struggle with the court’s decision, and Michael finds solace in an unlikely friendship from thousands of miles away.

The episode was rated from 181 votes.

Last updated: jun 26, 2022



colin firth's one failing in this role is that he's too wonderful, it makes me root for him in a way i never rooted for his real life counterpart in the docuseries. excellent dramatization though - i'd say watch the docuseries first if you find the episodes difficult to follow or too confusing to keep your attention. knowing the real story won't make it any less enjoyable a watch, promise! it'll just keep you in step with the moving timeline and family structure.


Colin Firth sounds like John Goodman in this, and it's deeply unsettling.


Really enjoying this, I liked the documentary version a few years back but this looks like it's better.


It’s hard to fault the cast in this show, they do an excellent job, especially Colin Firth. I don’t have any compassion for the bastard he portrays, but Firth does a good job portraying him.


[HBO Max] If the docuseries was an amazing dissection of surprising events and a flawed judicial system, the fiction adds depth to the consequences, rather than the crime itself, which is shown in a clinical, sharp and violent way. It wants to cover too many aspects, but it manages to compose an atmosphere of distrust, tragedy and melancholy that speaks of guilt, loneliness and the faking nature of relationships.


Can't fault the cast and the production values but ultimately kind of a bit pointless. You'd be better off watching the documentary series.

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