This week, HBO Max debuted the first three episodes of their original crime drama, Staircase, a limited series of adaptations of the documentary of the same name, which dramatizes both the events of the case and the creation of the famous documentary. The show, which includes Oscar nominee Toni Collette, Primetime nominee Michael Stuhlbarg and Oscar winner Colin Firth, has also been incredibly well received by critics and currently has a 95% approval rating and a “Certified Fresh” award from the aggregator review. With a total of 43 reviews for the series on the site, only two are negative.
In his review, Vulture says the series “defies expectations, adding a new perspective and dimension to a well-known story, creating an experience different from a documentary,” while Vogue says the series “eventually becomes a meta-text more than a murder mystery – and This is amazing. The critical consensus on the site is as follows: “Staircase it doesn’t bring many surprises for those who are already close to the original documentary, but this dramatization brings a fresh perspective and texture to the mystery – along with a great rendition of Colin Firth. “
For those who are not aware, Staircase tells the true story of Michael Peterson (Firth), a North Carolina man who called police after finding his wife, Kathleen Peterson (Collette), dead at the bottom of the stairs in their house. Doubts are born quickly, and the intricate web of details and discoveries makes it a continuously shocking and incredible event, lasting for most of the two decades. Staircase The documentary series premiered back in 2004 when additional episodes were produced in 2013 and later in 2018.
A total of eight episodes are shown, HBO Max’s Staircase has just released the first three episodes on the streaming platform. In addition to Firth, Collette and Stuhlbarg, the series also stars Juliette Binoche (Godzilla), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Amazing Spider-Man 2), Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Rosemarie DeWitt (Little Fires Everywhere), Tim Guinee (Iron Man). , Patrick Schwarzenegger (Daniel Isn’t Real), Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Vincent Vermignon (Luther), Odessa Young (The Stand) and Parker Posey (Lost in Space).
Staircase is co-produced by Annapurna Television. They also wrote executive producers Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn, who also serve as show hosts. Campos directed six episodes and Leigh Janiak two episodes.