Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Marvel's Luke Cage

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 71


Audience Score

User Ratings: 45
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Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
Air date: Sep 30, 2016
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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.


Mike Colter
as Luke Cage
Alfre Woodard
as Mariah Dillard
Simone Missick
as Misty Knight
Mahershala Ali
as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes
Theo Rossi
as Shades
Frank Whaley
as Rafael Scarfe
Rosario Dawson
as Claire Temple
Sonia Braga
as Soledad Temple
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Critic Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage Season 1

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (23)

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…
Top Critic

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…

This may be Marvel and Netflix's best effort to date.

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…
Top Critic

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…

Luke Cage... [is] strong and easy to root for.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1

  • Sep 18, 2019
    This tv show was very good, I really loved it for story, moral and characters.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    This needs to be a movie and also it's something I can watch doing Black History Month it was a lot of Education goodness
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Awesome action, and an excellent two villains.
  • Aug 06, 2019
    Mike Colter's Luke Cage is charismatic, strong, complex, and sexy. He is surrounded by a great cast (standout for me was Simone Missick and Mahershala Ali). I was especially grateful for several interesting, complex, and strong female characters. Some say the story is drawn out, but I felt like there was enough story for several seasons - Luke takes care of the antagonist but then another comes forward. Huge bonus points to the awesome music - it can't even really be called the soundtrack because it's centre stage (literally) so often.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    This is carried primarily by the lead actor's charismatic performance. Some good supporting work, especially by Alfre Woodard. If there had just been a little more story, less filler (a problem with most of these Marvel Netflix shows) this might have been great instead of just OK.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    great show mike colter is great as cage and you can really get invested in its story

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