Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (2016)

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An immersive, socially conscious narrative and a confident, charismatic lead performance make Marvel's Luke Cage a stellar sampling of the new Marvel/Netflix universe.

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Critic Ratings: 72

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User Ratings: 140

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Air date: Sep 30, 2016

With tension building in the streets of Harlem thanks to ruthless club owner Cottonmouth, Luke finds it increasingly difficult to live a quiet life.

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Luke provides a helping hand to a neighborhood kid who is in hot water with Cottonmouth, further embroiling him in the criminal world of Harlem.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2016

Luke makes a move against Cottonmouth following disarray at a popular spot.

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Luke attempts to save someone from Cottonmouth. Flashbacks feature the events that ultimately resulted in Luke's abilities.

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Cottonmouth attacks Harlem's citizens in an act of revenge against Luke. Meanwhile, the detectives encounter a new danger.

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Luke must sacrifice relationships and join forces with unlikely foes in order to save Harlem.

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Cottonmouth learns valuable information about Luke. Meanwhile, Mariah faces criticism as a politician.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2016

Mariah makes a public plea to portray Luke as a villain.

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Mariah continues her dangerous ascent into power. Meanwhile, Luke remains in hiding; and Misty endures a harsh interrogation.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2016

Luke begins to uncover more information about Reva. Meanwhile, Misty attempts to locate Luke; and Mariah struggles to acclimate to her new position.

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An ex-con who gained super strength during a botched experiment fights evil-doers in New York City in this comic-book adaptation.

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Critic Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage Season 1

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (25)

There are excellent performances, lots of engaging references and the odd good scene or line, but overall it lacks substance, reality and grit.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Sluggish story compared with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but Colter and cast are first-rate.

Sep 27, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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If people take to Luke Cage it will be for the cast.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

...a bold, strutting, confident slice of street heroism and urban culture...

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…

One of Luke Cage's greatest triumphs is its use of music, which resonates more prominently and energetically than in any previous Marvel screen property.

Oct 4, 2016 | Full Review…
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Daredevil boasted the best fight choreography of any live-action superhero adaptation in history, so Luke's got a tough act to follow, but this bodes well. The whole thing does, really.

Sep 30, 2016 | Full Review…

And yet, there's still so much of Luke Cage that feels like half measures... from the underwhelming antagonists, to the ridiculously inept pacing... and the creeping feeling that this show was built to fit into the mold of other Marvel shows.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Every so often, Cage expresses ambivalence about violence, or wonders whether the collateral damage of his war with Stokes is worth it. These are reasonable questions, but the series reflexively and repeatedly dismisses them.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

As a character, Luke Cage may have indestructible skin and a rock-solid frame, but as a show, Luke Cage has those very same characteristics.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It can be a tough act to balance, and seeing him navigate those treacherous waters is what makes Marvel's Luke Cage a great fixture to follow, even more so for its progressive and inclusive nature.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything about the show is nothing short of extraordinary.

Aug 25, 2018 | Full Review…

I honestly can think of no TV show that has given as much room, as much attention, as much love to black women as Luke Cage.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1

  • Sep 08, 2020
    LIKED: this Show gives us a clear demonstration of what Luke cage is capable of and it shows off his powers clearly. The cast is decent with people like Mahershala Ali and Rosario Dawson in. DISLIKED: The music I don't really like that much and once Cottonmouth is killed off, it brings in a weaker villain being Diamondback. The action is not up to standards with shows like Daredevil.
  • Aug 30, 2020
    What did I think of Season 1 of Luke Cage? Check out my full review below: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5erMuokb2F2z9bdZtkTNQO?si=Q8kH-63yTTWDJ9C7SwCXgw
  • Aug 08, 2020
    (both seasons) The intriguing storyline and good cast keep proceedings engaging. Also, the soundtrack is fantastic, some of the characters have interesting arcs and, probably most importantly, shows focused on black people, representing the culture, heritage and reality of black communities, can never stop being refreshing. Despite that, "Luke Cage" as a whole fails to rise above the tropes of the genre, undercut by contrived dialogues, predictable plot devices and mostly average fight choreographies.
  • Aug 08, 2020
    This tv series is amazing
  • Jul 10, 2020
    Absolutely Awful I could Barley Make it Past The First Episode I'll Never understand the Appeal
  • Jul 04, 2020
    The cast, particularly Mahershala Ali, shine. Slow paced on occasion but I can appreciate they're building story and I thought it was a very meaningful series. Their attention to black actors and talent is phenomenal, compared to other shows.
  • Jul 04, 2020
    So. At first, why do they always make characters leave the show, that are the reason, that the show is watchable? For me, Mahershala Ali was the reason i kept going. But after he left, it got worse and worse. I hate, that a plot, that could be three or four episodes is stretched to thirteen (!) episodes. Thats in my opinion unacceptable and just bad writing.
  • Jun 29, 2020
    I had never heard of Luke Cage before this series! But I'm a fan now! Good TV.
  • May 25, 2020
    Overall pleased with the 1st season...The casting stands out for me in this series as Luke Cage is portrayed very well as is black Mariah, shades and Diamondback all worthy villains...Cottonmouth stood out for me tho a very interesting watchable villain who was portrayed brilliantly...Series began to drag towards the end tho and I feel as tho they tried to cram too much into it...I feel it would have been better as 10 episodes...However its left me wanting to watch Season 2 so I'm glad I watched it
  • May 18, 2020
    This show is absolutely awful. I love Marvel and all of the other TV shows, so I wanted to love this one as well, but it is just so unbearably slow-paced and dull that I just couldn't bring myself to suffer through it. I really wish I could, but this one is just too disappointing. It's unfortunate that I'll be missing out on a part of Marvel, but I really have to go with the lesser of the two evils here. I really can't possibly comprehend how there are positive reviews on this, much less how it's rated "Fresh". It's beyond me.

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