The BEST Episodes of Making a Murderer

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Network: Netflix

Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America's heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.

Indefensible

#1 - Indefensible

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 8.29
1,748 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Fighting for Their Lives

#2 - Fighting for Their Lives

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 8.21
1,532 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
The Last Person to See Teresa Alive

#3 - The Last Person to See Teresa Alive

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

As Steven's trial begins, his attorneys argue that law enforcement officials framed him and were negligent in not pursuing other leads in the case.

star 8.20
1,744 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Testing the Evidence

#4 - Testing the Evidence

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 8.08
1,618 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Trust No One

#5 - Trust No One

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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

star 8.02
415 votes
Framing Defense

#6 - Framing Defense

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 8.00
1,549 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
The Great Burden

#7 - The Great Burden

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 7.98
1,578 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Plight of the Accused

#8 - Plight of the Accused

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 7.98
1,808 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Lack of Humility

#9 - Lack of Humility

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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?

star 7.93
1,523 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Friday Nite

#10 - Friday Nite

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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.

star 7.89
405 votes
Turning the Tables

#11 - Turning the Tables

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 7.81
2,027 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Eighteen Years Lost

#12 - Eighteen Years Lost

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 18, 2015

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

star 7.75
2,458 votes
Writers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Special Care

#13 - Special Care

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

Kathleen uncovers evidence about one of the State's star witnesses. Brendan's case takes another unexpected turn.

star 7.71
410 votes
Words and Words Only

#14 - Words and Words Only

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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.

star 7.71
456 votes
Item FL

#15 - Item FL

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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

star 7.70
412 votes
A Legal Miracle

#16 - A Legal Miracle

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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.

star 7.69
451 votes
What + Why = Who

#17 - What + Why = Who

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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.

star 7.58
421 votes
Number 18

#18 - Number 18

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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

star 7.56
508 votes
Everything Takes Time

#19 - Everything Takes Time

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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

star 7.55
408 votes
Welcome to Wisconsin

#20 - Welcome to Wisconsin

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 2018

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

star 7.51
433 votes