Luther: Season 2 (2011)


Season 2

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Luther delves into darker territory in its second season, and Idris Elba's outstanding performance make this a police procedural of uncommon weight and heft.



Critic Ratings: 13


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User Ratings: 335

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Air date: Sep 28, 2011

Luther hunts a masked serial killer and tries to help a friend's daughter who has turned to prostitution in the second series opener.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2011

Luther tries to save Ripley, who was abducted by the killer Cameron.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2011

A killer with no apparent motive is hunted; and Luther's affection for Jenny deepens.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2011

Luther pursues a killer who chooses his victims by rolling dice.

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Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on "The Wire," is back in the second season of "Luther" as he 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. Season 2 cases include a masked serialmurderer on the run and a killer who chooses his victims by rolling dice.

Cast & Crew

Warren Brown
Justin Ripley
Michael Smiley
DS Benny Silver
David Dawson
Toby Kent
Dermot Crowley
DSU Martin Schenk
Kierston Wareing
Caroline Jones
Alan Williams
Frank Hodge
Paul McGann
Mark North
Ruth Wilson
Alice Morogan
Steven Robertson
Robert Millberry/Nicholas Millberry
Hamza Jeetooa
Depak Chandrapal
Babou Ceesay
Adewale Omotoso
J. August Richards
Richard Gardiner
Bryony Afferson
Candice Calvert
Ellie Haddington
Linda Carroway
Leila Kirkpatrick
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Critic Reviews for Luther Season 2

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Luther S2 is the plain salted chips to S1's salt and vinegar - still good, just not as good.

Apr 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Luther, whose brilliance has been likened to Sherlock Holmes, returns.

Sep 28, 2011 | Full Review…

These four hours pack as much intensity and darkness as 22 episodes of many other police shows.

Sep 28, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Each hour is so spellbinding, you may not realize you're leaving grip marks on your couch.

Sep 28, 2011 | Full Review…

No one can accuse "Luther" of having lost its edge.

Sep 28, 2011 | Full Review…
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It's gritty, brooding, emotionally raw and often violent.

Sep 28, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

You wouldn't employ Luther to catch any of the regular druglords in The Wire. But it should be fun watching him go about his implausible work.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The second season of Luther proves that some of the best crime drama on television is coming from across the Atlantic.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

This is one of the best performances on any channel in 2011.

Sep 28, 2011 | Full Review…

Few things are juicier than letting an actor wallow in the most damaged corners of the soul.

Sep 28, 2011 | Full Review…

Luther remains notable in the police drama pantheon for this stark perspective: that it's an unwise thing to do good purposely, and a simple thing to do evil inadvertently, and neither one leads to any greater reward, in the end.

Sep 28, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The series remains an intense, engrossing crime procedural with strong moments of character development, but Mr. Cross gets a bit sloppy in his plotting.

Sep 28, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 2

  • Sep 20, 2020
    Season two of 'Luther' is just as great as season one, despite being two episodes shorter. Idris Elba remains outstanding in the lead role. Ruth Wilson (Alice) doesn't feature as highly, while Warren Brown (Ripley) is likeable once more. Saskia Reeves (Teller) isn't involved, which I'm happy about; nothing personal whatsoever, I just didn't enjoy her character in S1. Dermot Crowley (Schenk) has a bigger part, which I'm a fan of. As for newcomers, it's a tad iffy. I like the acting of Nikki Amuka-Bird (Gray), but her role isn't written all that well in my opinion - despite Gray's objectives, she comes across annoying which I assume isn't intentional? If it is, that's weird. Elsewhere, Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Jenny) is solid but David Dawson (Toby) & Co. aren't interesting, but at least the storyline that they are involved with is. Overall, I again thoroughly enjoyed this show. Some very good plots in there.
  • Oct 09, 2019
    Even better than Series 1, the second half in particular is outstanding- but it all feels too short
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Another great series, in this one Lutherâ??s brilliance shines through on several occasions, less so than season one when he analyses the criminals. Jennyâ??s characters allows you to see how his inner workings function. A little disappointing how easy he was kept on the hook and how he eventually gets off in the end.
  • Jan 28, 2019
    Its good, better then the first. Still a little predictable but even more enjoyable.
  • Jul 20, 2018
    this started out great and just kept getting more stupid as the episodes went on. The introduction of erin gray's character was the worst decision in the history of bad drama. also, what is it with british "coppers?" are they all really this lame? running into murderers with guns totally unarmed and unprotected with zero backup? ffs seriously, you cant even feel sorry for all the cops shot point blank if they're going to be that stupid.
  • Apr 29, 2017
    Season 2 of Luther is shorter, a little clumsier, but gorgeously dark. The cast is as good as ever and there are some seriously fantastic cases. But I found myself wanting more screentime for Ruth Wilson.
  • Jan 12, 2016
    Had expected to enjoy this based on the general opinion on the internet etc. But its so unbelievable. And just too violent. Rather watch shows with guns where people get killed quickly than watch all these torture scenes. Jeez.
  • Jul 15, 2015
    7.3/10 — "Pretty Good"
  • Jun 30, 2015
  • Jan 13, 2015
    Even better than season one!

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