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Luther 3 Seasons 2010

Season 1
(882) IMDb 8/10

1. Episode 1 - Luther, Season 1 TV-PG CC

DCI John Luther returns to work after a spell of leave following the traumatic arrest of the serial killer Henry Madsen. Luther's first case is investigating the murder of the parents of child genius, Alice Morgan. He quickly deduces that Alice is responsible for the deaths, but the seemingly perfect crime leaves no evidence with which to convict her.

Starring:
Orlessa Altass, Paul Blackwell
Runtime:
55 minutes
Original air date:
October 17, 2010

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Brian Kirk, Sam Miller
Starring Orlessa Altass, Paul Blackwell
Supporting actors Warren Brown, Idris Elba, Steven Mackintosh, Matthew Marsh, Paul McGann, Saskia Reeves, Anton Saunders, Indira Varma, Ruth Wilson
Network BBC America
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I was originally turned on to BBC's crime procedural "Luther" with some pretty strong sentiments. It was supposed to be "wild," "unpredictable," and "unlike anything else on TV." I'm not sure, ultimately, that "Luther" lives up to such effusive hyperbole--but that doesn't mean that it isn't thoroughly entertaining and compelling in its own right. While "Luther" can certainly be wild and unpredictable, it is not breaking the mold of many other rogue cop hero shows that have populated the modern TV landscape. As the titular Detective John Luther, Idris Elba brings much passion, conviction, and gusto to the standard role of a cop who must sometimes cross the line to do what's right. But to the program's credit, Elba can be extremely erratic as well and does push the notion of a "good" cop to an uncomfortable, and at times, violent level.

Elba, though magnetic, is not the show's primary asset in my estimation. Nor are the actual crimes, for that matter. It's all about presentation. One story line revolving around a cop killer had some quite unexpected and shocking violence. One thing lacking from most TV procedurals are a palpable feeling of tension--of "anything can happen"--and "Luther" can leave you effectively unsettled. And as the season progresses, that latter episodes become progressively more unhinged. Another routine abduction case was brought to vivid life with a diabolical, super creepy villain and notorious face licker. But my favorite element of the show, by far, is that "Luther has managed to cast a psychotic murderess in its leading lady role. Ruth Wilson provides a fantastic foil for Elba and I loved every moment of their interactions!

As is typical with British TV, this season is short by American standards (some call it a mini-series) with only 6 episodes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dell29 on July 27, 2012
This show flirts with intellectual intrigues and mental morbidities. Idris Alba's character is complex, kind, and tormented. Every single character in the show pulls you in. Alba's performance displays the best acting I have seen in years. I was longing for a show like this one; it keeps you guessing and never disappoints.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gardener97 on November 29, 2010
What a satisfying surprise is Luther. So much television is predictable, flabby and oh so politically correct. Luther is well written, sharp, twisted, different. I loved this series - can't wait for season 2... Luther (played by Idris Elba) is magnificent in his crazed and passionate style and the sly, cruel, red haired villainess Alice Morgan (played by Ruth Wilson) is perfect. Can't say better!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jupiter on November 18, 2010
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I really like Idris Elba he is a very fine actor. This mini series is well written and directed. I look forward to the show every Sunday. Idris is wonderful to watch he is one of the best English actors out there. Highly recommend this it's intelligent and more like an independent film. I expect Hollywood to pick this up and make it a US TV copycat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Genedba on July 25, 2011
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I really love this show. Probably the best TV cop drama in years.
The writing is crisp and original. The acting is really superb. Luther is a complex character, expertly prortayed by Idris Elba. Watch and enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.G on May 3, 2012
I've loved Idris Elba from the Wire and I love this show! Elba is able to embody this complicated character. Luther is a character different than I have ever seen.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melody Lopez on February 27, 2011
I'm not usually into cop dramas/thrillers but this one captured me from the over the top beginning. From start to finish Luther is captivating. I can't wait for season two.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reign on April 22, 2011
Like a Graphic Novel Superhero, April 22, 2011
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There are six episodes in Season One. Three women influence John Luther's life. They represent, or symbolize, the three stages of women used in Greek mythology--The virgin, the nurturer, and the wise woman. The interesting part about the series is how he ends up having a weird connection with a murderer, from a former case, a similar kind of relationship that Clarisse had with Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Whereas, in this case, Luther is the investigator, and the physicist, Alice, has this Hannibal-like attitude towards murder. John Luther reluctantly befriends, and later allies, with psychopath, Alice. He understands, and in certain cases sympathizes, with Alice, as to why she does what she does. Regardless to morals, he comes to terms that not everything is black-and-white, and that he is capable of dealing with the darkside, by bending the law to seek justice. He is like Batman, in terms of his character, and his character flaws. It allows him to deal with the dark, unseemly, and often horrific, and chaotic criminal world. Because he knows he is a damaged person, this eables him to cope with its dangerous element, and capable of getting into the criminal mind. Whether he wants to, or not, he is driven to seek justice for the world, and to sustain his moral code. These two motivating factors enable him to to eventally team-up with Alice, for she helps him better understand this darkside of himself (the chaos), and in others, and he needs her in order to allow him to pursue the kind of justice he believes is his purpose in life.
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