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The 10-part Netflix series "Making a Murderer" is a real-life documentary that explores the struggles of a man facing a bizarre and horrific accusation of murder. Steven Avery was released from prison in 2003, after serving eighteen years for a rape that he didn't commit; DNA evidence exonerated him. In 2004 Avery filed a civil lawsuit, seeking thirty-six million dollars in reparation for his wrongful conviction, But, a year later, Avery was again charged with murder. He was convicted in 2007 and given a life sentence. Filmed over a ten-year period, "Making a Murderer" documents the course of Avery's case and raises disturbing issues about the criminal justice system in the state of Wisconsin.

As Avery's trial proceeds in the Netflix series, serious questions are raised about unethical behavior on the part of police and prosecutors. Charged along with Avery was his nephew, who confessed that he and Avery were guilty of the crime. But the boy suffers from a learning disability; evidence suggests that he was tricked or confused into confessing something neither had committed. Furthermore, police investigators had ample opportunities to plant evidence against Avery; two of the officers had been involved in Avery's 1985 conviction and may have had an animus against him.

Making a Murderer is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on December 18, 2015.

Where do I stream Making a Murderer online? Making a Murderer is available for streaming on Netflix, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Making a Murderer on demand at Netflix online.

2 Seasons, 20 Episodes
December 18, 2015
Crime, Documentary & Biography
Cast: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Laura Nirider, Ken Kratz
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Making a Murderer Full Episode Guide

  • Kathleen makes two of the biggest discoveries of the case. Brendan's lawyers take his case to the next level.

  • A witness comes forward with new information about Teresa's car. Kathleen attempts to build the timeline of what happened to Teresa on Oct. 31, 2005.

  • Kathleen runs new tests on the bullet believed to have killed Teresa Halbach and tracks Teresa's movements on the day she disappeared.

  • Kathleen obtains access to some of the original physical evidence from the case. The former prosecutor holds a press conference.

  • Searching for evidence of tampering, Kathleen visits Steven's trailer. A new twist in Brendan's case sends his family on an emotional roller coaster.

  • Cautiously optimistic, Brendan and his family wait to hear important news about his case. Kathleen files a motion for new scientific testing.

  • Kathleen's forensic experts review the evidence found in Steven's burn pit. A 1996 statute limits Brendan's chances of success in federal court.

  • Brendan's lawyers work to prove his conviction was based on a coerced confession. Kathleen tests Steven in new ways and visits the alleged crime scene.

  • Powerhouse lawyer Kathleen Zellner offers to take Steven's case. Brendan's postconviction lawyers fight in federal court to try to get him released.

  • In the years after Steven and Brendan's very public trials, the various members of the Avery family struggle to mend their broken lives.

  • Steven's trial is over, but a new one is just beginning. Will the jury find the suspect's confession or his conflicting statements more believable?

  • After two long days of closing arguments, the jury deliberates. Steven's fate hinges on whether the jury believes police misconduct may have occurred.

  • As the murder trial continues, Steven's attorneys present their case that law enforcement officials planted evidence to frame him.

  • Steven's attorneys cross-examine forensic experts about contaminated evidence and the absence of proof linking Steven to the crime.

  • An unexpected confession casts doubt on Steven's role in the murder case, but the new suspect gives conflicting accounts of what occurred.

  • Steven is back in jail, charged with murder, but there are troubling questions about how he was arrested and why.

  • As Steven starts creating a new life for himself, he pursues a lawsuit against Manitowoc County law enforcement officials for corruption in his case.

  • When Steven Avery is freed from a wrongful conviction, his search for justice raises questions about the authorities who put him behind bars.

Making a Murderer News

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Andrew Colborn says the true crime series portrays him in an unfair light.

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The streamer is looking to build on its true-crime success stories.

'Making a Murderer' Season 2 Has a New Trailer

The Netflix true-crime series will be back later this month.

'Making a Murder' Defendant Gets Legal Reprieve

One of the characters in the Netflix crime doc got good news this week.

Netflix to Debut Hot New True Crime Series

'The Keepers' will explore a cold murder case, a la 'Making a Murderer.'

'Making a Murderer' Gets a Second Season

Netflix scored big with the true-crime series, and now comes word that fans' hunger for news about the fates of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey will be satisfied with new episodes.

Is Making a Murderer Biased?

The Netflix original series Making a Murderer has become a hot topic for discussion about the country's legal system, but one of the story's central figures argues that the series presents an intentionally skewed picture of what really happened.