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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!

An exploration of the life of Michael Peterson, his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.

Genres:DramaCrime
Network:HBO Max

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The best episode of "The Staircase" is "Common Sense", rated 8.1/10 from 959 user votes. It was directed by Antonio Campos and written by Emily Kaczmarek. "Common Sense" aired on 5/12/2022 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Chiroptera".

  • Common Sense
    8.1/10 959 votes

    #1 - Common Sense

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2022-05-12

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

    Director: Antonio Campos

    Writer: Emily Kaczmarek

  • Chiroptera
    7.7/10 1,007 votes

    #2 - Chiroptera

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2022-05-05

    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.

    Director: Antonio Campos

    Writer: Maggie Cohn, Antonio Campos

  • Red in Tooth and Claw
    7.6/10 815 votes

    #3 - Red in Tooth and Claw

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2022-05-26

    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.

    Director: Antonio Campos

    Writer: Emily Kaczmarek

  • 911
    7.5/10 1,180 votes

    #4 - 911

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2022-05-05

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

    Director: Antonio Campos

    Writer: Maggie Cohn, Antonio Campos

  • The Great Dissembler
    7.5/10 922 votes

    #5 - The Great Dissembler

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2022-05-05

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

    Director: Antonio Campos

    Writer: Maggie Cohn

  • The Beating Heart
    7.2/10 842 votes

    #6 - The Beating Heart

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2022-05-19

    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.

    Director: Leigh Janiak

    Writer: Maggie Cohn, Antonio Campos

  • Seek and Ye Shall
    7.2/10 751 votes

    #7 - Seek and Ye Shall

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2022-06-02

    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.

    Director: Leigh Janiak

    Writer: Maggie Cohn

  • America's Sweetheart or: Time Over Time
    7.2/10 757 votes

    #8 - America's Sweetheart or: Time Over Time

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2022-06-09

    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.

    Director: Antonio Campos

    Writer: Antonio Campos