The Staircase (2022)

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  • HBO Max
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  • Crime Drama Mini-series Mystery Thriller

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In 2001, author and aspiring local politician Michael Peterson is charged with murder after the suspicious death of his wife Kathleen.
1x2
Chiroptera
Episode overview
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.
1x3
The Great Dissembler
Episode overview
As the DA’s office attempts to solidify their case, shocking new details surface about Michael’s past that threaten to derail the defense.
1x4
Common Sense
Episode overview
After an unexpected homecoming, a critical discovery rocks the Peterson household. Michael’s fate hangs in the balance as the trial ends.
1x5
The Beating Heart
Episode overview
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.
1x6
Red in Tooth and Claw
Episode overview
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.
1x7
Seek and Ye Shall
Episode overview
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.
1x8
America's Sweetheart or: Time Over Time
Episode overview
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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