7,532 votes


BBC One 2010

A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Luther

Luther - S1E6

#1 - Episode 6


Season 1 - Episode 6

Luther, suspected of murder, goes on the run to try and prove his innocence. With Alice's assistance, they set out together to exact revenge on the real killer.

The episode was rated from 1397 votes.

Luther - S3E4

#2 - Episode 4


Season 3 - Episode 4

Marwood makes his vendetta personal - targeting Luther and those closest to him, raining destruction on everything he touches. Stark and Gray arrive just in time to hurry Mary to a secret place, but is her safety really Stark's priority, or is she just a pawn in his game to lure Luther to him?

The episode was rated from 1437 votes.

Luther - S1E5

#3 - Episode 5


Season 1 - Episode 5

When a wealthy couple are taken hostage, Luther must try to avert a disastrous chain of events. However, what he doesn't know is that it will soon become very personal.

The episode was rated from 1443 votes.

Luther - S3E3

#4 - Episode 3


Season 3 - Episode 3

In what looks like a gangland crime - two hoodies are shot at close range. But an un-connected crime sees Luther make a un-connected connection that might provide the real answer to what happened.

The episode was rated from 1388 votes.

Luther - S2E4

#5 - Episode 4


Season 2 - Episode 4

Luther's personal and professional life spirals out of control as he tries to cover up Toby's death and appease a suspicious Baba. He must also protect Jenny from any further harm. At work there's also a killer at large whose actions are ruled by his dice. How do you stop a man who sees life and death as a game and whose actions can't be predicted?

The episode was rated from 1225 votes.

Luther - S3E2

#6 - Episode 2


Season 3 - Episode 2

Luther's date with Mary, and the promise of romance, is interrupted by the news of another murder. The killer has struck again - the number of victims is escalating fast.

The episode was rated from 1354 votes.

Luther - S4E1

#7 - Episode 1


Season 4 - Episode 1

Away from the police force, Luther receives a visit from Detective Chief Inspector Theo Bloom and Detective Sergeant Emma Lane. They bring him some new evidence that will draw him back to London to find the truth. The team tracks a cannibalistic serial killer.

The episode was rated from 1760 votes.

Luther - S2E3

#8 - Episode 3


Season 2 - Episode 3

As Luther's affection for Jenny grows, so does his determination to protect her and help her back on her feet. Baba, however, is determined to keep Luther on a tight leash. To add to Luther's difficulties, he is called in to investigate a man whose brutal and escalating murders seem to have no motive, leaving Jenny alone and vulnerable.

The episode was rated from 1280 votes.

Luther - S2E1

#9 - Episode 1


Season 2 - Episode 1

Still plagued by the death of his ex-wife, Luther returns to work to face a surreal and nightmarish case of a masked murderer determined to enter into folklore. As the body count rises, Luther must use all his skills to stop the killer, at the same time trying to rescue an old acquaintance's daughter from the dangerous world of prostitution.

The episode was rated from 1389 votes.

Luther - S2E2

#10 - Episode 2


Season 2 - Episode 2

Luther must rescue Ripley, abducted by Cameron, in time to prevent Cameron's final murderous set piece. But Jenny's ruthless and vengeful boss is demanding compensation for stealing her protege. Luther is torn; will his visionary mind provide the team with the tools to save Ripley and the killer's intended victims, or will his focus be compromised?

The episode was rated from 1273 votes.

Luther - S5E3
#11 - Episode 3
Season 5 - Episode 3

With his friend in peril and a young woman kidnapped by the relentless serial killer, can Luther protect the innocent while preventing Cornelius's violent revenge from consuming him? Who is Luther willing to save, and who can't he bear to lose?

The episode was rated from 1013 votes.
Luther - S3E1
#12 - Episode 1
Season 3 - Episode 1

Luther investigates a the case of a fetishist who is murdering women which is similar to an unsolved case from the 1980s. The team attempt to catch the copycat killer, whose murderous spree has only just started.

The episode was rated from 1466 votes.
Luther - S1E4
#13 - Episode 4
Season 1 - Episode 4

When a serial killer goes on the rampage, Luther must put his personal life aside and delve inside the murderer's mind to discover what is driving him to kill so many girls, and why.

The episode was rated from 1396 votes.
Luther - S1E3
#14 - Episode 3
Season 1 - Episode 3

John Luther must catch a Satanic occult killer accused of kidnap and murder. However, with a young mother's life at stake, Luther must use all his skills to build an airtight case.

The episode was rated from 1485 votes.
Luther - S1E2
#15 - Episode 2
Season 1 - Episode 2

A gunman begins murdering uniformed police officers, prompting the detective to taunt the killer on TV in the hope of inspiring him to turn his anger on him and come out into the open. To his horror, Luther also learns that Alice Morgan has been investigating his past - and is threatening to tell Zoe what she has discovered.

The episode was rated from 1626 votes.
Luther - S1E1
#16 - Episode 1
Season 1 - Episode 1

Luther returns to work after a traumatic arrest to investigate the murder of a former child genius's parents, and quickly deduces that their daughter is responsible. However, unable to find evidence to convict, he becomes embroiled in a battle of wits with the suspect - who has set her sights on him and his estranged wife.

The episode was rated from 2056 votes.
Luther - S5E4
#17 - Episode 4
Season 5 - Episode 4

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 - a killer determined to complete his final macabre masterpiece.

The episode was rated from 989 votes.
Luther - S5E1
#18 - Episode 1
Season 5 - Episode 1

A new spate of nightmarish murders brings DCI John Luther to once again face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London. As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius applies his own pressure, can Luther catch the killer and save his own neck?

The episode was rated from 1113 votes.
Luther - S4E2
#19 - Episode 2
Season 4 - Episode 2

On the trail of a horrifying killer, Luther finds himself haunted by ghosts from his past.

The episode was rated from 1621 votes.
Luther - S5E2
#20 - Episode 2
Season 5 - Episode 2

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 before he strikes again?

The episode was rated from 1035 votes.

Last updated: jun 24, 2022



I disagree about the series going nowhere because it is a crime drama. I believe it develops slowly through the episodes and, by the end of the season, you'll realize its plot has gone very far. Each season ends in a very turbulent place and the next one starts with the emotional consequences of the previous. Character growth is brilliant.


How on earth could they kill off Alice? I find this inexcusable; the relationship between Luther and Morgan is one if the most interesting and compelling aspects of the show (series? I never know with these Brits.). If the reason for her leaving Luther is her role in The Affair, this is a tragic exchange. The word "shaft" comes to mind.


Interesting, the relationship with Alice.


Definitely, one of the best crime thrillers ever conceived and written! You will be seduced by it's clever, dark writing and the spectacular performances of Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson (with an excellent supporting cast - too many stand-out performances to name). This is Neil Cross' masterpiece, from creation to seasonal arcs to individual stories to episodic writing, each piece building toward the series' inevitable reckoning, teasing us on with the end of season's tag line, "Now what?" while the soulful plea "I'm just a soul who's intentions are good..." plays, while credits roll. A beautiful study of genius, license vs. boundaries, and the ultimate consequences of each. I give this series a 10 (brilliant) out of 10. [Crime Thriller]


This grimdark crime drama really gets to me. Every second we see the unstable John Luther, the uncertain Alice Morgan, or one of the many unpleasant antagonists It's incredibly suspenseful and almost spellbinding. Carried by Idris Elba, the beautiful cinematography, and of course Neil Cross' genius writing; Luther is an abrasive look into the fine line between right and wrong.


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I agree.


I had rather high expectations for this but I struggled through it from ep.1. Gave up after ep.5 in season one. The scripts all have logic errors where you simply have to turn a blind eye for it to work. This is most of the time painted over by slow-mo shots and very emotional music that covers those errors. [spoiler] The whole thing with Alice is completely rubbish. In the first episode Luther wants nothing but to arrest her for the murder of her parents. Not long after that they enter a weird kind of friendship, he even asks her for help despite telling her over and over again to leave him alone. And, of course, Alice all of a sudden falls in love with him. Pretty far fetched. [/spoiler] I get it, it's all supposed to be entertainment. But that is just it, I wasn't entertained.


Trailer for the new episodes airing later this month.... https://arstechnica.com/?p=1420075 Interesting person spotted right at the end.......


the way Idris Elba portrays the role of Luther I'm just mesmerized that how damn good actor he is. don't miss it, it doesn't have many episodes per seasons but they're so good you'll be addicted.

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