Luther: Season 3 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Idris Elba shines in the title role of Luther despite familiar circumstances that benefit from the shortened season.


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Air date: Sep 3, 2013
Air date: Sep 4, 2013
Air date: Sep 5, 2013
Air date: Sep 6, 2013

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Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on "The Wire," is back in the third 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.The thirdseason includes DCI Erin Gray (Nikki Amuka-Bird)as she adjusts to her recent promotionand an ex-cop comes out of retirement questioning Luther's past. Cast members joining thethird seasonincludeDavid O'Hara as DSU George Stark and Sienna Guillory as Luther's new love interest, Mary Day.

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Critic Reviews for Luther Season 3

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

A "season" of Luther feels brief, because it is. After a two-year wait, the whole thing begins and ends this week. But because it wastes none of that time, it also feels like we've been studying this guy for a long time.

Sep 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Luther is a great example of all of the annoying a TV show can do and still be worth watching, so long as it gets some essential things right.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Elba makes Luther's haunted, lonely soul into something faceted and more sympathetic than most of TV's broody detectives.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…

This was a solid set of episodes for the show, though there was a bit more that could have been explored.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Luther is saved from terminal morbidity by the panache with which director Sam Miller handles the material.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The real reason Luther is so compelling can be summed up in two words: Idris Elba.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Luther is good at dropping in moments of heightened suspense just as you're starting to think the script is packed with so many cinematic clichés you might just laugh. That's if you weren't so scared.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Is it stupidly brilliant or just brilliantly stupid? Don't mattah.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

At least he's going out on his own terms.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The season finale wasn't quite the explosive full-stop that we'd come to expect, but it was a nice rounding off to this chapter of the show. Whatever will they do next?

Sep 21, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 3


Super Reviewer

A very unbalanced last season, Luther disses some of its best characters in favor of more of the same. Very similar to S01 and that's not necessarily a good thing.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer


Season 3 is a bit of a return to form, but the new female detective is incredibly unlikable. I'm still not sure why Wilson never got the screen time she so clearly deserved.


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