The Staircase: Limited Series

The Staircase: Limited Series

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Oscar-winner Colin Firth plays Michael Peterson, the real-life subject of lauded long-form true-crime docuseries of the same name, in this limited series exploring his life, his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson (Toni Collette).

2022Rating: TV-MAUSAAnnapurna Television, HBO Max
DramaTrue Story & Biography




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



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


The Great Dissembler

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


Common Sense

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


The Beating Heart

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


Red in Tooth and Claw

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


Seek and Ye Shall

After a body with similar injuries to Kathleen’s turns up... More 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.


America's Sweetheart or: Time Over Time

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

The Staircase: Limited Series | Reviews

Taking its title from the wildly popular true-crime docuseries, this gripping dramatic saga spins an extraordinary new yarn with an incredible cast that blows the whole thing wide open once again.
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Slash Film

Slash Film

The Staircase is aided by its strong, believable performances.

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Perhaps the focus of future chapters will be tighter, but as far as the premiere episodes are concerned, you'd be better off watching the documentary series first, before chasing it with Firth's acting masterclass.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Best known for playing romantic leads and other charismatic types, (Firth) disappears, here, into a far murkier character.

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A compelling companion piece to the documentary.

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This fictionalised remake of the 2004 true crime mini-series... is somehow more concrete than the original but altogether less captivating.

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The Staircase: Limited Series | Release Details

The Staircase: Limited Series is available to stream in New Zealand now on Neon.