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The Best Episodes of The Staircase

Every episode of The Staircase ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Staircase!

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In 2001, author Michael Peterson was arraigned for the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of their home. Granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home and immediate family, de Lestrade's cameras capture the defense team as it considers its strategic options. The series is an engrossing look at contemporary American justice that features more twists than a legal bestseller.

Genres:DocumentaryCrime

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Staircase" is "The Verdict", rated 8/10 from 500 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "The Verdict" aired on 10/28/2004 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Last Chance".

  • The Verdict
    8.0/10 500 votes

    #1 - The Verdict

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2004-10-28

    Is Michael Peterson guilty or not guilty? The jury delivers its verdict regarding the mysterious death of his wife, Kathleen.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Last Chance
    7.7/10 438 votes

    #2 - The Last Chance

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-01-30

    After more experts testify about the questionable conclusions and claims of Duane Deaver, the judge rules on whether a new trial is necessary.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Weak Case
    7.6/10 491 votes

    #3 - A Weak Case

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-10-21

    The prosecution presents its case while the defense strives to cast a reasonable doubt within the minds of the jury.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Blow Poke Returns
    7.6/10 478 votes

    #4 - The Blow Poke Returns

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2004-10-28

    Kathleen's sisters pore over Michael's writings. Jurors visit the staircase at Michael's home. A vital piece of evidence reappears.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Flawed Justice
    7.6/10 404 votes

    #5 - Flawed Justice

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-06-08

    Michael speaks to a reporter about the reasons behind his plea. Later, Kathleen's sister delivers a statement of defiance in court.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Prosecution Trickery
    7.5/10 498 votes

    #6 - A Prosecution Trickery

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-10-14

    As the trial looms and media attention heats up, an autopsy report's wording ruffles the feathers of the defense team.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Prosecution's Revenge
    7.5/10 484 votes

    #7 - The Prosecution's Revenge

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-10-21

    A witness brings surprising levity to the stand. The judge rules on an important matter, and Michael's alleged temper comes under scrutiny.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Reopening the Case
    7.5/10 429 votes

    #8 - Reopening the Case

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-01-30

    Eight years later, the possibility that a key witness for the prosecution may have misled the jury could prompt the need for a new trial.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Crime or Accident?
    7.4/10 608 votes

    #9 - Crime or Accident?

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-10-07

    Following his wife's suspicious death, Michael Peterson speaks about his version of the events while lawyers and expert witnesses prepare for trial.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Secrets and Lies
    7.4/10 554 votes

    #10 - Secrets and Lies

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-10-07

    As Michael's hidden life comes out into the open, defense experts debate if it will have a significant impact on the coming trial.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Striking Coincidence
    7.4/10 531 votes

    #11 - A Striking Coincidence

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2004-10-14

    The death of another woman close to Peterson from 17 years earlier sparks a new investigation. She also died on a staircase, casting major doubts over the defense case.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Between Anger and Despair
    7.3/10 390 votes

    #12 - Between Anger and Despair

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-06-08

    Their faith in the justice system forever shaken, Michael and his family discuss what they can hope to achieve by continuing the fight.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Looking for Closure
    7.2/10 408 votes

    #13 - Looking for Closure

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-06-08

    Following two and a half years of house arrest, Michael must decide whether to push for a plea or risk his freedom with a new trial.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A