The Staircase

TV review by Martin Brown, Common Sense Media
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age 17+

Groundbreaking true crime documentary is still compelling.

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age 18+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

Graphic nudity and gore

This docuseries seemed very interesting but there was too much blood and gore and nudity for me to continue watching. The first episode shows graphic images of a woman lying at the bottom on the stairs. Blood was everywhere and her dead body was clearly show. The second episode showed full male nudity and that’s when I could watch it no longer. Like the other reviewer stated, nothing is censured and several pornographic gay male images are shown.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+

Interesting Premise, So graphic.

This would've been something we would've totally been interested in, but by episode two we saw graphic gay porn. Nothing blurred out. Everything. It was shown as "evidence" to show the character of the suspect, but I have no idea as to why that needed to be physically shown on the show. Also, when they're examining the staircase, there is actual, real-life blood spatter. For like 20 minutes you're seeing the actual crime scene, and the bloody mess that was there. I'm sure this was a well written, great piece-- but I would never recommend watching this with children. We shut it off after seeing the gay porn.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 7, 2004
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: May 11, 2022

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