Lucifer: Season 1 (2016)

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Lucifer's got sex appeal, but the show's hackneyed cop procedural format undermines a potentially entertaining premise.

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Critic Ratings: 43

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Air date: Jan 25, 2016

Crime drama about the devil tiring of life in Hell and materializing in the City of Angels, where he aids the LAPD in punishing evildoers. In the opener, he befriends a troubled pop diva and witnesses her murder, which triggers him to seek revenge on her killer.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2016

Chloe gets help from Lucifer on the investigation into the death of a movie star's son who was killed while dodging paparazzi. Meanwhile, Maze and Amenadiel continue to urge Lucifer to return to hell.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2016

Lucifer enlists Chloe to investigate after his friend, a 22-year-old star quarterback, awakes to find a dead woman floating in his swimming pool. Sofia Vassilieva as Debra, Bri Neal as Ali, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Ronnie, Richard T Jones as Joe Haran, Grant Harvey as Lucibro

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Air date: Feb 15, 2016

Lucifer deduces that he must seduce Chloe if he is to get over his infatuation with her. Meanwhile, they take on a missing-girl case and Amenadiel expresses his concerns about Lucifer to Maze.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2016

A shooting at a fashion show intrigues Lucipher and he begs Chloe to get in on the case. Also: Maze tells Amenadiel that she wants to go back to hell and sets his sights on Dr. Linda.

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Air date: Feb 29, 2016

Lucifer ditches Chloe after becoming bored with her investigation into a biker gang murder, but his feelings change when he discovers something personal to him was stolen during the crime.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2016

An unlikely ally helps Lucifer find the contents of his stolen container and Chloe unearths a lead in the Palmetto case that could expose the truth.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2016

Lucifer and Chloe recruit Dr. Linda to investigate the murder of a therapist, while Malcolm confronts Chloe about the evening he was shot; and Lucifer experiences his first pangs of jealousy.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2016

A priest who suspects a drug operation has been set up at a local youth center seeks Lucifer's help. Meanwhile, Malcolm finds a way to keep tabs on Dan.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2016

Lucifer and Chloe investigate the killing of a prominent restaurateur, and upon meeting his son, suspect him of being involved. Meanwhile, the return of Chloe's mother turns her life upside-down, and Lucifer discovers what real family dysfunction is all about.

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Bored with wasting time in the deepest pits of hell, Lucifer has abdicated and now resides here on Earth, indulging in all forms of guilty pleasures: women, wine and parties. But the most terrifying turn is yet to come when he finds himself developing the most spine-chilling human trait of them all - emotion.

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Critic Reviews for Lucifer Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (16)

There's a lot of faux-coolness here; strip clubs where everyone has clothes on, a lot of snarky jokes met with "Oh you're just the devil," etc etc.

Jan 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Protests have been heard against turning Lucifer into a good guy, but in fact, he's mainly just a smug jerk with a creepy smile. And as his reluctant sidekick, German is as bland as her counterparts on a lot of better shows.

Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This louche Lucifer is mostly a cop procedural snooze.

Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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We're left with a show that's as cheesy as it is ridiculously improbable.

Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Welshman Tom Ellis plays the hell out of his lead role in Fox's Lucifer.

Jan 22, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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[A]nother forgettable drama bound to be quickly lost in the excesses of the modern television landscape.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

Aside from the story itself, Lucifer's pilot stands out among the 2015-2016 premieres. The music is an absolute perfect fit for the show... The dialogue is snappy and wry, and Tom Ellis is absolutely delicious as Lucifer, Lord of Hell.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Featuring the Devil in his most vanilla of forms, horror fans will be left wanting; Lucifer is disappointingly sparse on strong imagery.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Tom Ellis brings devilish charm to Neil Gaiman's Lucifer, but the show's cop-drama spin is unappealing.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 6.9/10 | Full Review…

I can admit that I wasn't a fan of the show in the beginning. But the Devil has a way of getting under your skin-and I'm definitely looking forward to another season of Lucifer.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

You'd be better served to watch any of the other detective dramas to which I've compared the lifeless "Lucifer." Just heed my warning: Stay away from this mid-season mediocrity fest.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Fox's Lucifer proves that despite their ubiquity, comic book adaptations far from a guaranteed success.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lucifer: Season 1

  • Sep 18, 2020
    Tom Ellis as "Lucifer" oozes saturated charisma in every scene he is in, yet the season he inhabits is more of a shrug. How can I be excited when the human storylines constantly and underwhelmingly undermine the supernatural storylines? "Lucifer" features the Devil trapped in human form; he spends his time tending his nightclub, seducing various women, or finding excitement in any way, shape, or form. Apparently tired of being a puppet to God's whims, Lucifer decides "to take a vacation" to the City of Angels, where fittingly enough he is surrounded by people consumed by carnal and sinful desire. What he eventually finds is a tough and acerbic detective named Chloe Decker (Lauren German), who mystifies him by not falling under his charms, supernatural or not. He follows Decker on cases, helping out alternatively for curiosity's sake and for his own gain. By placing himself in Decker's world, he comes into contact with her young daughter and her separated husband Dan (Kevin Alejandro). Dan and Chloe's professional relationship is a little harder to explain, since they are more or less exes but Dan has authority over Chloe, which would be a conflict of interest. The premise is kinda flawed from the beginning. Lucifer (surnamed "Morningstar"), is charming and funny more in a boyish prankster way rather than as a sadistic monster. But But the problem with the characterization, I think, is that it's unsure of who Lucifer is. The show succeeds too well in illustrating Lucifer as an absolute, with his manipulation and promiscuity and waits too late to bring in the realization that Lucifer suffers from complex feelings he's been dealing with for a long time. By that point, he's acted too much as an absolute to be completely plausible. We get this conclusion from a therapist (Rachael Harris). And frankly, Lucifer is irksomely nonstop flirty and overblown in his performance. Too often are we blasted by his charisma when his one-liners and black-and-white evil. As a being of divine resources, Lucifer only occasionally yields power and influence on cases, and thus his presence is undermined by the banality of the cases. Although he regularly extracts forbidden desires and secrets from suspects, there's never an original spin on the cases themselves. The exception to the disposable by-the-numbers cop elements is an episode in which Lucifer confronts Satanic worshipers involved in a murder, where he contends with the irony of his supporters embarrassing and insulting his existence. There are also so many volcanic arguments between Lucifer and Chloe that it becomes exhaustively redundant. I wondered how these two could argue so frequently and repetitively without becoming enemies, even if it were just initially. It gets tiring real quick, although both actors are solid (in spite of inconsistent characterizations and occasional overacting). Ellis's Lucifer makes no effort to hide his identity, which makes everyone dubious instead of suspicious. This is refreshing. Most of the time Chloe thinks he is merely deluded until witnessing some of his powers in action, and goes back and forth on whether he's being truthful. The few times the first season has original writing is in plausibly delaying her from thinking he's anything more than a narcissistic womanizer. It's more of a matter of luck the more I think about it that he avoids revealing his immortality. And speaking of Lucifer and Chloe, by seeing the former interact with the latter's family, I was reminded of another show, "Dexter", which was about a serial killer who bonded with a family to protect his identity. "Lucifer" fails to properly blend family drama, cop procedural, and fantasy the way "Dexter" brilliantly wielded horror, action, comedy, and romance. Either separately or combined, the pieces here don't add to much of an entertaining experience. What is up, by the way, with the cops who work with Lucifer in this series? On numerous occasions he assaults suspects, obstructs justice, damages property, and is involved with suspicious people. We get that Lucifer has bamboozled the police force under his control but what about Chloe, who's immune to his powers? All things considered, their arguments should revolve around, I dunno, things like Lucifer flinging a captured killer through a glass wall in an office, instead of whether Lucifer makes inappropriate comments about victims or their families. It pales by comparison. I know that mainstream procedurals take liberties with the law to create excitement, but "Lucifer" may have gone a hair too far in depending on the suspension of disbelief. That being said, the long-term storylines have more success than their subordinate ones. We get an okay villain in the form of Malcolm Graham (Kevin Rankin) a crooked cop who finds ways to fight back against Lucifer. There's some suspense in how Lucifer and Chloe try to take him down. And Lucifer faces the shocking idea he may be mortal as a human, and that he may even have something of a decent side. Consistent with his character, he regards his new mortality like a welcome challenge. The effect the strong-willed and good-natured Chloe has on him is equally a surprise to him. They do end up having something of a touching relationship, even if it comes after such a bellicose partnership. I can't quite recommend "Lucifer". It's overblown, annoying, and not really original, and waits too long before answering interesting questions. This is essentially a divine case of fish-out-of-water, although the selling point behind the premise--the irony of the Devil helping out on murder cases--is shown to be of shallow depth and longevity. Why not have the Devil solve cases more close to his personal life? Why not give him something big to solve, something that's actually exciting to watch? Why have him solve everyday crimes we've seen before?
  • Sep 16, 2020
    I absolutely loved season 1. It is something new, that you would not expect from a normal TV Series. The series makes you use your imagination, and makes you think about how the devil, himself, is on earth and roaming freely. Such a great season, would totally recommend.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Glamorizing Lucifer is truly disturbing.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    I didn't watch this when originally on, but wish I had. The pilot is the best pilot I ever saw.
  • Aug 25, 2020
    As this is the first season, I believe it has excelled in introducing Lucifer to the television series! Very good acting by the actors!
  • Aug 23, 2020
    I love the introduction of Lucifer. You're basically getting to know all the characters and seeing bits and pieces of Lucifer's bad side. I love the differences in episodes, every single one had details that would be important for the rest of the show
  • Aug 22, 2020
    It's just another cop show with a twist. Tom Ellis as Lucifer has one facial expression and he uses it quite often. It's hard to take it seriously. I really, really hope it's not to be taken seriously. I guess it's meant to be funny but it's really not at all. The characters are rather bland. The cop is a divorcee who wants to prove that she has the chops to be a serious detective--not very original. Her bore of an ex-husband is a detective too. The one thing that is charming between the two of them is their elementary school aged daughter who easily outshines them both. This show as of season one is network average grade material with a slight adult edge.
  • Aug 22, 2020
    Great show!! I love the irony, the freshness, the chemistry between both actors... I love it.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    The best TV-series produced over many years, S1 deserves a separate review being it truly MASTERPIECE, captivating, ironic, original, amazing, never predictable. The film-photography is incomparable. Cinema is moving-painting - said Delluc and Fellini used to say: A movie is written with the light. Lucifer is something-like-this. Photographic images shot in the interiors are rich in Chiaroscuro. The effect is, using a metaphor, like you plunged yourself into a Caravaggio paint. Everything's perfectly studied: acting, writing, camera framing all are unbelievable, allowing to capture the best actors' performance. The wonderful Soundtrack is masterfully coordinated to each episode and the action, both in lyrics and in tune. A thread-of-sadness runs underneath this season giving it a noir aftertaste. Despite jokes and irony, the protagonist lives his lonely life as something ineluctable. I was very surprised and unpleasantly impressed from some critics/audience reviews I read. S1 attracts a selected audience that is just ITS STRENGHT: a masterpiece may be least appreciated than a worthless-crust. Although the cop-procedural-format - suppose it's one reasons S1 was unjustly penalized by Critics and didn't received the rating it deserves also based only on the Pilot, in addition to differences with Gaiman's Comics, which may have disappointed comics-readers, this series hides deep meanings as it plays with a larger story-arc throughout all seasons. S1 captures and manages you to unleash intense emotions and reflections. Its strengths are the content and the protagonist who's attracting for his tasty touch, mannerism, intense looks. The series is supported by a noteworthy Cast. Ellis' masterful performance, playful-gleam in his eyes, in S1 plays a more believable Devil than in the following ones, being effortless devilishly awesome. Lucifer is a psychologically complex character. Apparently cold,distant, self-centred, impudent, hiding his own lack of self-confidence with his irony but, in the deeper, emotionally captivating, never overdone, having deep feelings, living by his passion, never ridiculous, a charming British-accent and dandy-side. His extraordinary acting allows him to better express all these aspects. 10 stars!
  • Aug 14, 2020
    One of the funniest and best procedurals of all time, Lucifer has surprising depth and emotional power.

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