2010 TV-14 3 seasons


2010 TV-14 3 seasons
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In this innovative police drama, dedicated detective John Luther is trying to keep from losing a grip on his personal life as he contends with the psychological factors underyling the crimes he's been assigned to solve.
Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown, Ruth Wilson, Paul McGann
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4

Summary of Season 1 (2010) - 2 discs

Idris Elba stars in this crime drama as detective John Luther, whose personal demons complicate the chase as he searches for the evidence to convict mass murderer Alice Morgan, who is also his closest confidante.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this excellent British police thriller features deeply flawed heroes and somewhat glamorous villains, providing somewhat mixed messages about right and wrong choices. The violent and sexual content compares to series like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI, and includes some graphic blood and scenes of torture. For these reasons, the series is most appropriate for mature teens and adults.

Sexual Content

Frequent sex-related conversation and banter; occasional moments of physical intimacy; violence in the series is sometimes conflated with sexuality in a disturbing way.


Frequent violence between police investigators and their suspects as police attempt to track down and capture criminals. Scenes from violent crimes, with occasionally heavy and graphic blood including dead bodies and, at least in one case, a dead dog. Some briefly terrifying scenes of victims being trapped and/or tortured.


Occasional use of words such as "damn" and "hell."

Social Behavior

The show displays a traditional morality and is built around the activities of flawed but heroic characters attempting to solve crimes and help the innocent.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters frequently depicted drinking in a social environment, occasionally to excess; smoking depicted in a casual social manner.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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