The BEST Episodes of Making a Murderer

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 5, 2019

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.


#1 - Indefensible

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 8.24
1,485 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
Fighting for Their Lives

#2 - Fighting for Their Lives

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 8.20
1,330 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
The Last Person to See Teresa Alive

#3 - The Last Person to See Teresa Alive

Season 1 - Episode 5

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
1,510 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
Testing the Evidence

#4 - Testing the Evidence

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 8.07
1,438 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
Trust No One

#5 - Trust No One

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 8.04
364 votes
Framing Defense

#6 - Framing Defense

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

star 8.03
1,395 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
The Great Burden

#7 - The Great Burden

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 8.00
1,371 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
Lack of Humility

#8 - Lack of Humility

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.96
1,319 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
Plight of the Accused

#9 - Plight of the Accused

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

star 7.93
1,539 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
Friday Nite

#10 - Friday Nite

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.92
355 votes
Turning the Tables

#11 - Turning the Tables

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.76
1,754 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
Words and Words Only

#12 - Words and Words Only

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.75
412 votes
Special Care

#13 - Special Care

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.73
363 votes
Eighteen Years Lost

#14 - Eighteen Years Lost

Season 1 - Episode 1

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

star 7.72
2,153 votes
Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi
A Legal Miracle

#15 - A Legal Miracle

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.71
408 votes
Item FL

#16 - Item FL

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 7.71
365 votes
Everything Takes Time

#17 - Everything Takes Time

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

star 7.59
365 votes
What + Why = Who

#18 - What + Why = Who

Season 2 - Episode 5

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
377 votes
Number 18

#19 - Number 18

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.57
458 votes
Welcome to Wisconsin

#20 - Welcome to Wisconsin

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 7.54
386 votes