Luther: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Gritty and ambiguous, Luther is a captivating drama bolstered by a powerhouse performance from Idris Elba in the title role.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 517
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Air date: Oct 17, 2010
Air date: Oct 24, 2010
Air date: Oct 31, 2010
Air date: Nov 7, 2010
Air date: Nov 14, 2010
Air date: Nov 21, 2010

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Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on "The Wire," explores life on the other side of the law in this psychological crimedrama from acclaimed crime writer Neil Cross ("MI-5"). Elba portrays John Luther, a brilliant but tortured homicide detective who gets caught up in the psychological cat-and-mouse game between detective and criminal. Co-stars include Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan, Warren Brown as DS Justin Ripley, Steven Mackintosh as DCI Ian Reed and Saskia Reevesas DSU Rose Teller.


Idris Elba
as John Luther
Ruth Wilson
as Alice Morgan
Steven Mackintosh
as Det. Chief Insp. Ian Reed
Indira Varma
as Zoe Luther
Paul McGann
as Mark North
Saskia Reeves
as Det. Superintendent Rose Teller
Warren Brown
as Det. Sgt. Justin Ripley
Anton Saunders
as Henry Madsen
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Critic Reviews for Luther Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

Come for some slightly above-average murder mysteries, stay for some way above-average central performances. Luther is often good, never clean and always fun.

Apr 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Creator and writer Neil Cross explores tricky dramatic territory, with suspense, crackling dialogue and a talented cast.

Oct 17, 2010 | Full Review…

It's beautifully shot, full of slick architectural vistas, and boasts the versatile and saucy Ruth Wilson as its villainess.

Oct 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Powerful, challenging, ambiguous, surprising, dark, odd, stunning, grisly, disturbing, raw, sexy, taut, intense, captivating.

Oct 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Luther often teeters on the edge of plausibility... But Elba's deeply grounded performance keeps the show from feeling over-the-top.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Snag is, the plot is ridiculous, and a batch of rather fine actors have been persuaded to throw subtlety and logic to the winds and to portray characters which veer wildly between cliché and implausibility...

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This was woeful ham, utterly redeemed by Idris, and I await Luther II with genuine anticipation and my cliché-pants ready.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

When Luther meets Alice, her parents and their dog have just been killed... Their subsequent cat-and-mouse game provides an intriguing, ongoing storyline that gives Luther an edge you don't see on most cop shows.

Nov 30, 2015 | Full Review…

The first episode of Luther has plenty to recommend it.

Oct 17, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Cross's series does have some things going for it. One is Idris Elba. Another is the pathological flirtation between Luther and the killer he can't quite nail.

Oct 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 1

  • Jul 24, 2019
    First series was excellent.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Amazing....simply amazing Great stories , great characters, some plot holes but the characters and actors are so good it doesn�??t matter Great, a few loop holes with the American criminal, his demise and that of his accomplices. Framing of Luther was so surprisingly easy. His outbursts sometimes seemed otp and uncalled for as was his rage which almost cost him a bullet from the marksmen, which he knew could happen. Nevertheless this series hooks you with some great acting and some great moments and great characters, particularly Alice who is so witty and funny.
  • Feb 11, 2019
    I tried desperately tried to like this. Idris only had two acting emotions, angry or monotone...the story line rushes through from cliche to ridiculous so you never get a chance to get to know any of the characters enough to care. No suspense just bad London accents speaking the obvious. The only saving grace was Alice who was an amazingly acted interesting character who has to make room for the name sake.
  • Jan 24, 2019
    Idris Alba is actually quite avreage. Everything and everyone else is f'ing amazing! Not gripping but grapples with you, much like a pet dog that never listens to you but you can't quite let him or her go! Looking forward to season 2.
  • Jan 21, 2019
    Gripping and well acted but its far fetched and predicatable at the same time. Desperate ending which you cant wait to watch more of.
  • Nov 17, 2018
    Unbelievably awful. Over acted, no real storyline.
  • Dec 09, 2017
    Absolutely Fantastic.
  • Apr 05, 2017
    Between Luther's constant disrespect of people's boundaries and everyone else letting him get his own way this is such a boring use of his character. Have we not moved on from "anger wins"?
  • Jan 10, 2017
    Not just your average cop show, Luther brings psycho logical thrills without the gun violence american cop shows. Also how much better can Idris Elba get?!
  • Nov 27, 2016
    I hate the Brits. And that hatred is driven by jealousy. They produce so many great programs that it's hard to keep track. Luther certainly fits that characterization. I've seen 4 episodes so far and it's superb. Well written, well acted, well produced - well done!

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