Luther: Season 5 (2019)


Season 5

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Luther returns in fine form from its extended exodus with a grizzly mystery and the welcome reappearance of Ruth Wilson's psychotic villain, Alice Morgan.



Critic Ratings: 40


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User Ratings: 33

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Air date: Jun 2, 2019

The ground-breaking crime drama returns for a new season. DCI John Luther must once again face new levels of human depravity with a new serial killer on the loose in the streets of London.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2019

Luther must confront a demon from his past, as both the police and Cornelius converge on his home. With Halliday convinced that the body in the morgue isn't their killer, can Luther put his own troubles to one side and find the true murderer?

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Air date: Jun 16, 2019

Psychological crime drama centered on a brilliant but self-destructive detective, who has more in common with the criminals he hunts than he would like to think.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2019

Reeling from the death of his friend, Luther races to save the others from Cornelius's terrible retribution. With Luther's increasing absence from the case, Halliday heads the hunt for a killer on the loose.

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Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on The Wire, is back in the fifth seies of Luther as he explores life on the other side of the law in this psychological crimedrama from acclaimed crime writer Neil Cross.

Cast & Crew

Wunmi Mosaku
DS Catherine Halliday
Patrick Malahide
George Cornelius
Hermione Norris
Vivien Lake
Lex Daniel
Ronald Massey
Michael Smiley
DS Benny Silver
Dermot Crowley
DSU Martin Schenk
Ruth Wilson
Alice Morogan
Gary Hailes
Donnie McKinnie
Roberta Taylor
Celia Lavender
Paul McGann
Mark North
Katie Brayben
Penny Leyton
Jami Reid-Quarrell
James Hauser
Sonita Henry
Daria Shubik
Andrew Mullan
Alastair Cornelius
Delroy Atkinson
Derek Haynes
Derek Ritchie
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Critic Reviews for Luther Season 5

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

Tautly paced, intriguing, and full of even more personal stakes, the season ends tragically and beautifully in its own way.

Dec 9, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In its fifth season, the series does little more for viewers than leave them numb.

Jun 3, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

One stab of humour, and the whole thing would deflate like a whizzing balloon. In the yawning moments of a new year, though, you can understand the appeal of a show that is equal parts grit and syrup, spook stories and implausible twists.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Season five of Luther is a non-stop adrenaline ride that refuses to let up for even a moment. It is raw and resonating, cutting straight down to the nerve.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

This latest installment of Luther... is truly for the hardcore fans and for those who plan to tune in with the sound off.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's all a bit much, but if it weren't, it wouldn't be Luther.

Dec 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Luther is at its worst, and at its best, when it is overbearing in its pessimism. The series puts its characters through the meat design, Luther bums the viewer out.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Two of the hottest stars on cable TV are back together: Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson as his ex-girlfriend Alice. But wasn't she presumed dead? So we thought, but now she's back, bad as ever!

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It's been four years since the two-episode fourth season of Luther, and nine years since Ruth Wilson's Alice Morgan got a full-fledged arc in a Luther season, which may be why season five is the best Luther season since at least the second.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Nailed It!

Jun 11, 2019 | Full Review…

"Luther" is so well-done that even moments that suspend belief come across as stylish and disturbing.

Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Elba has referred to "Luther" as his James Bond. If there is another chapter, the franchise needs a reboot.

Jun 4, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 5

  • Sep 26, 2020
    I enjoyed season five of 'Luther'. It isn't perfect, but it delivers the desired amount of entertainment. Idris Elba remains brilliant as the titular character. I wouldn't say any of the other cast members particularly stand out to an incredible degree, barring one or two who are good. The four episodes are all paced fairly well, sometimes the show - at least over the last few seasons - does move slower than you'd expect; not slow enough that I'd describe them as a drag or anything close to that, I just feel they could pick up the pace ever so slightly. With that said, some events that take place do seem to be included just to add shock value; it can feel a little less well written in those moments, at least compared to what we've been accustomed to across the opening season or two. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed S5 - I'd probably rank it as my third favourite so far, behind S1/2 but ahead of S3/4; though it's a toss-up between S3 and S5.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    Wow what an ending, can't wait for season 6!
  • Oct 09, 2019
    I loved all the other series- even if the plot got a bit ridiculous, it still felt grounded. Series 5 on the other hand completely jumped the shark and was a load of (entertaining) nonsense.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    None of the characters were developed enough to care about them. A stronger connection between Luther and Alice would have helped make her fury understandable.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    Incredible Writing, and the continuation of a power house performance by Idris Elba.
  • Jul 01, 2019
    A step down but still VERY well done
  • Jun 27, 2019
    I do not understand how they can have such great acting and such a terrible script! They made Alison a terrible character and she is such a attribute to this show, went bring her back if you were going to mess up so bad. I am pressed that I have this show another season after the last. It will go down as the show that should have been amazing.

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