Critic Consensus: Gritty and ambiguous, Luther is a captivating drama bolstered by a powerhouse performance from Idris Elba in the title role.
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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 crime drama 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 Reeves as DSU… More
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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.
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.
So long as Elba's on the screen, I'm interested, and even more when he and Wilson are sharing it.
The show is as gripping - as brooding, smart and as unconventionally soulful - as the Massive Attack song it lays over the credits.
An excellent showcase for Idris Elba and an increasingly impressive character drama that goes to some dark and absorbing places.
Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 1
Despite having a strong performance by Elba and by putting us on the shoes of the killers constantly, Luther is just a regular procedural show with nothing special worth mentioning. The main story only picks up on the last episodes but the secondary characters don't get much development and it's hard to stay engaged during the whole thing.
Elba shows just how far dynamism can carry a show. At its peaks, Luther is some of the most compelling viewing available. The show is at its pinnacle when Elba and Ruth Wilson share the screen. In the barren stretches without Wilson, the plot really falters and the writing becomes quite stereotypical of cop-drama murder mysteries. Season 1 is by far the best.