Luther: Season 2 (2011)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 321
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Air date: Sep 28, 2011
Air date: Oct 5, 2011
Air date: Oct 12, 2011
Air date: Oct 19, 2011

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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.


Idris Elba
as John Luther
Ruth Wilson
as Alice Morgan
Paul McGann
as Mark North
Warren Brown
as Det. Sgt. Justin Ripley
Kierston Wareing
as Caroline Jones
Dermot Crowley
as Martin Shenk
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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…

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…

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

Sep 28, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's gritty, brooding, emotionally raw and often violent.

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

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 2

  • Oct 06, 2014
    Things slightly improve on S02 by having some more well fleshed killers and some added depth to out titular character, but the rest is still bland as hell. Still makes for some mildly entertaining procedural episodes.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • 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.
  • Jun 30, 2015
  • Jan 13, 2015
    Even better than season one!
  • Mar 10, 2014
    Those dice-rolling murderers were something else!

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