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The Staircase (2022)

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Popularity 5
Rayting:   7.5/10 3K votes
Country: USA
Language: English

Tells the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16 year judicial battle that followed.

Episode Guide

Best The Staircase Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

May 12, 2022star8.9 86 votesS1E4 Common Sense
October 28, 2004star8.1 401 votesS1E8 The Verdict
May 5, 2022star8.1 208 votesS1E2 Chiroptera
May 5, 2022star8.1 208 votesS1E2 Chiroptera
January 30, 2013star7.8 340 votesS1E10 The Last Chance
June 8, 2018star7.7 317 votesS1E13 Flawed Justice
May 5, 2022star7.7 267 votesS1E1 911
May 5, 2022star7.7 267 votesS1E1 911
May 5, 2022star7.7 158 votesS1E3 The Great Dissembler
October 21, 2004star7.6 395 votesS1E5 A Weak Case
October 28, 2004star7.6 386 votesS1E7 The Blow Poke Returns
October 14, 2004star7.5 402 votesS1E4 A Prosecution Trickery
October 21, 2004star7.5 388 votesS1E6 The Prosecution's Revenge
January 30, 2013star7.5 335 votesS1E9 Reopening the Case
October 7, 2004star7.4 493 votesS1E1 Crime or Accident?
October 7, 2004star7.4 446 votesS1E2 Secrets and Lies
October 14, 2004star7.4 431 votesS1E3 A Striking Coincidence
June 8, 2018star7.3 321 votesS1E11 Looking for Closure
June 8, 2018star7.3 302 votesS1E12 Between Anger and Despair
May 19, 2022star0.0 0 votesS1E5 The Beating Heart

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User Reviews

bosporan 5 May 2022

After three episodes, this is shaping up to be a fabulous story, it is true, yet ambiguous enough to carry tension and suspense. The cast is magnificent with strong headliners and a depth unusually strong for TV.

The pacing is good, though the heavy use of short and long scene non-linearity is haphazardly delineated, with occasional timestamps, but no stylistic changes making frequent rewinding necessary. Cinematography is generally well done, but there are some sporadic gimmicky techniques which detract by being more showy than necessary.

Colin Firth has brilliant range as novelist Michael Peterson, the husband in the frame for his wife, Kathleen's, probable murder. Not surprisingly there are fine performances too numerous to mention from a cast of this stature.

A persuasive story very well told, episode four cannot drop quickly enough!

killercola 7 May 2022

This is why I love HBOMAX. They know how to make a good damn series. Two episodes in and I'm sold. Will watch episode three tomorrow (it's really late, bedtime) but so far the acting, production value, directing, storytelling are all top notch. There's so many great actors in this show and I'm excited to see how this plays out. The documentary was great but this could end up being better.

paul-allaer 7 May 2022

As Episode 1 of "The Staircase" (2022 release; 8 episodes of about 60 min. Each) opens, it is "February 24, 2017" and Michael Peterson wakes up and gets ready for the day. We then go to "December 9, 2001" as we hear Michael make a frantic 911 call and he sobs about his wife having fallen down the staircase and not breathing. We then go to "September, 2001", when we get to know the Peterson family, a blend of 3 daughters and 2 sons. At this point we are 10 min into Episode 1 but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience.

Couple of comments: this is the latest from creator-director Antonio Campos ("Christine"). Here he reassesses the facts of a mysterious death of Kathleen Peterson: did she fall down the stairs? Was she murdered? This mini-series is based on the 2004 French documentary series of the same name, and in fact the making of that documentary is featured prominently in this new TV mini series. Colin Firth (as Michael) and Toni Collette (as Kathleen) are terrific in the lead roles, but the supporting cast is quite good as well (check out Olivia DeJonge and Patrick Schwarzenegger as two of the children). For some reason Firth's physical appearance kept reminding me the University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.

For some reason when I saw "The Staircase" featured on HBO Max, I thought that this was a 3 part mini-series, but it is in fact an 8 part series. The initial 3 episodes premiered on HBO Max only a few days ago, and new episodes are released on Thursdays. I've really enjoyed these three episodes and am looking forward to seeing the remaining 5 episodes in the weeks to come. There is good reason why "The Staircase" is rated 95% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes! If you like true crime or simply are a fan of Colin Firth or Toni Collette, I'd readily suggest you check this out and draw your own conclusion.

That_1_guy 7 May 2022

The original docu-series on netflix already told the whole story in pretty good detail... This new theatrical shorter version just adds speculation and drama but no new evidence, facts or information. I recommend skipping this one and just watch the original on netflix with the same name.

Susansgoldens 5 May 2022

Have been following this story since the original trial. My impression so far is the set decorations, especially the house, is spot on. The cast, the always phenomenal Toni Collette and exceptional Colin Firth are excellent. Supporting cast portrays their roles true to their characters. In my mind's eye I'm watching the show unfold as if I'm seeing the actual victims. The writer's had a lot to work with starting with the trial transcripts and the French documentary The Staircase, so the show feels very real.

kalibeans 8 May 2022

After 2 episodes I am giving up on this version of The Staircase. Colin Firth and Toni Collette were a big part of my decision to watch and they are good with what they've been given. Sadly it is everything else that pulls this mini-series down. The lighting is an eye strain, cinematography as a whole is not up to par. Generally I don't mind a story that is told switching between past and present, but this narrative cannot pull that off. Very off-putting. At the end of two episodes I still am not entirely certain how all the children and family members are related.

The scene in episode 1 where the camera pans back and forth and upside down between the cars driving to the police station at night was just awful.

I wish the writers had spent episode 1 totally on establishing the characters, more of the situation, etc. Then the rest of the episodes could have bounced between years to weave in all the details.

Many of the angles shot are bizarre with no need to be. Sadly this is just a hot mess.

specialbobby 5 May 2022

Quick early review, it's well written enough so far that I'm already thinking 'man, I need to know how this ends', bring in the UK I have no idea how it ended which is great. The performances thus far are on point although the cast is huge and some characters are so far really underdeveloped (I didn't realise GofT Sophie Turner was even in it. But with it shot like a Southern version of Mayor of Easttown that's enough for me. I'll do the lot and probably be (pray I don't) let down by the last episode.

tamaradell2 8 May 2022

Stuck it out half way thru and it was boring and very confusing. Good casting, good acting, not much of a script. Good luck on making it all the way to the end. One of those that jumps around and doesn't clue you in to the characters very well.

ForeNikeGolf 6 May 2022

Colin Firth nails the portrayal of Mike Peterson. I have watched the documentary on Netflix several times and he absolutely captures the nuances and mannerisms of Peterson.

I would say too, it's great to Kathleen alive (in fiction of course). There were some videos shown during the documentary, but having someone portray here alive in Toni Collette is amazing.

I don't see the kids doing as well in their roles except Martha, who through three episodes really reminds me of the real version.

The guy playing Jim Hardin, Cullen Moss, has nailed his character too. He sounds just like Hardin when he talks, meanwhile Parker Posey not so much. As Freda Black she thus far is portraying a somewhat warm individual. In real like Freda was an awfully angry and aggressive person.

Overall though, I think they're doing a great job through episodes. The house looks identical, the staircase certainly does. It's intriguing to get taken back into this world. My world to an extent. I am from North Carolina where this all occurred. Definitely watch this show.

bonnieclyde-39896 5 May 2022

The original "The Staircase" on Netflix was the French documentary they refer to in this series. It makes you appreciate the acting in this series. Excellent job on telling this side of the story.

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