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The Staircase

Season 1 2022
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  • 2022-05-05T07:00:00Z on HBO Max
  • 1h 5m
  • 8h 39m (8 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama, Crime
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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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8 episodes

Series Premiere

2022-05-05T07:00:00Z

1x01 911

1x01 911

  • Series Premiere

    2022-05-05T07:00:00Z1h 6m

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

2022-05-05T07:00:00Z

1x02 Chiroptera

1x02 Chiroptera

  • 2022-05-05T07:00:00Z1h 7m

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.

2022-05-05T07:00:00Z

1x03 The Great Dissembler

1x03 The Great Dissembler

  • 2022-05-05T07:00:00Z1h 4m

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

2022-05-12T07:00:00Z

1x04 Common Sense

1x04 Common Sense

  • 2022-05-12T07:00:00Z1h 9m

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

2022-05-19T07:00:00Z

1x05 The Beating Heart

1x05 The Beating Heart

  • 2022-05-19T07:00:00Z1h 1m

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.

2022-05-26T07:00:00Z

1x06 Red in Tooth and Claw

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.

2022-06-02T07:00:00Z

1x07 Seek and Ye Shall

1x07 Seek and Ye Shall

  • 2022-06-02T07:00:00Z1h 3m

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.

After navigating a possible retrial, a 73-year-old Michael confronts a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, Martha and Margaret each share long-buried truths, and Sophie comes to terms with a revelation.

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