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How many episodes are in The Staircase on HBO Max?

Nearly every true-crime enthusiast has watched The Staircase documentary, and now, HBO has dramatized it to tell the story of crime novelist Michael Peterson and his alleged involvement in his wife’s murder.

We reveal how many episodes are in The Staircase on HBO Max, outline the cast involved in the adaptation, and see what the first reviews are saying.

Created by Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn, the true-crime drama The Staircase is based on the 2004 true-crime docuseries of the same name by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and stars Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, Dane DeHaan , and more.

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The Staircase | Official Trailer | HBO Max

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How many episodes are in The Staircase?

The Staircase has eight episodes to fill out the season on HBO Max and the series has been billed as a miniseries meaning the narrative will conclude within one season.

The first three episodes premiered on May 5, 2022, and the subsequent five episodes will premiere weekly on a Thursday.

Below, we have provided an episode guide, including the episode titles we know of and their release dates:

  • Episode 1: 911 – May 5, 2022
  • Episode 2: chiroptera – May 5, 2022
  • Episode 3: The Great Dissembler – May 5, 2022
  • Episode 4: Common Sense – May 12, 2022
  • Episode 5: The Beating Heart – May 19, 2022
  • Episode 6: Red in Tooth Claw – May 26, 2022
  • Episode 7: Seek and Ye Shall – June 2, 2022
  • Episode 8: TBA – June 9, 2022

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Meet the cast of the true crime drama

The cast of The Staircase alone is impressive, with Colin Firth returning to television after a long hiatus while he focused on films.

Toni Collette, however, is a television veteran, appearing recently in Netflix’s Pieces of Her and Unbelievable in 2019.

  • Colin Firth – Michael Peterson
  • Tony Collette – Kathleen Peterson
  • Rosemary DeWitt – Candace Hunt Zamperini
  • Juliet Binoche – Sophie Brunet
  • Parker Posey – Freda Black
  • Sophie Turner – Margaret Ratliff
  • Odessa Young – Martha Ratliff
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger – Todd Peterson
  • Dane DeHaan – Clayton Peterson
  • Olivia DeJonge – Caitlin Atwater
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – David Rudolph
  • Tim Guinea – Bill Peterson
  • Vincent Vermignon – Jean Xavier
  • Hannah Pniewski – Becky
  • Kevin Sizemore – Mark Zamperini
  • Robert Crayton – Ron Guerette

The Staircase also features a long list of recurring characters, including the appearance of actors Justice Leak, Maria Dizzia, and Joel McKinnon Miller.

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First reviews of The Staircase

Straight off the bat, BBC Culture has labeled Colin Firth as “ideal casting” in The Staircase:

Another reviewer for Vanity Fair revealed that they were drawn in by the series, despite having to sit through “one of the most excruciatingly dreadful scenes”:

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THE STAIRCASE contains one of the most excruciatingly dreadful scenes I’ve ever seen on television. And yet, the more I watched the series, the more I was drawn in. The show exists in fascinating dialogue with itself, and with us. https://t.co/GOUC4Zii83

— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) May 4, 2022

Lastly, Variety noted The Staircase as an instant contender for best show of 2022:

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“The Staircase” is instantly in contention for the very best show of 2022. https://t.co/3UhUUKs8Xx

— Daniel D’Addario (@DPD_) May 4, 2022

By Jo Craig [email protected]

The Staircase is now available to stream on HBO Max.

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