Overview

Lucifer is a US TV series based on the DC Comics character in the Sandman series. It premiered on Fox in January 2016, but was cancelled in May 2018 after three seasons. Netflix picked up the series a month later for a fourth season, followed by a final season in June 2019.

When Lucifer came out, the first season was subject to mixed reviews, but later seasons got better feedback. People praised Tom Ellis’ performance as the main character in particular. Although ratings were low during its run on Fox, it was revived when it went over to the world of streaming.

Premise

The story opens with the Devil – called Lucifer Morningstar – feeling bored and unhappy ruling Hell. He decides to resign from his position and go to Los Angeles. While there, he runs a nightclub of his own which he calls Lux.

When Lucifer gets involved in a murder case with Detective Chloe Decker, he is invited to be a consultant to the LAPD. There are several threats which come to LA as the series goes on, and Chloe becomes a love interest for Lucifer.

Cast and characters

  • Lucifer Morningstar – Tom Ellis
  • Detective Chloe Decker – Lauren German
  • Detective Daniel ‘Dan’ Espinoza – Kevin Alejandro
  • Amenadiel – D B Woodside
  • Mazikeen – Lesley-Ann Brandt
  • Beatrice ‘Trixie’ Espinoza – Scarlett Estevez
  • Dr Linda Martin – Rachael Harris
  • Detective Malcolm Graham – Kevin Rankin
  • Charlotte Richards/Mum – Tricia Helfer
  • Ella Lopez – Aimee Garcia
  • Lieutenant Marcus Pierce/Cain – Tom Welling
  • Eve – Inbar Lavi

Episodes

Season One

Episode One – Pilot

Lucifer Morningstar has retired his position as ruler of Hell and is now owner of a high-end nightclub in Los Angeles. A pop star he helped with their success is murdered right before him by a drug dealer. When the police get involved, he persuades Detective Decker to let him assist with apprehending the criminal. Meanwhile, his brother Amenadiel is pressuring him to return to Hell.

Episode Two – Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil.

Lucifer and Chloe team up again to solve a homicide. This case is a movie star’s son who suffered at the hands of a paparazzo. They were prone to creating volatile situations in order to be the first on a story.

Episode Three – The Would-Be Prince of Darkness

Lucifer persuaded a football star to lose his virginity, but when the girl he had sex with is murdered, Lucifer takes on the case to prove he is innocent.

Episode Four – Manly Whatnots

Chloe and Lucifer look into a case where a girl called Lindsay Jolson is missing after getting involved with a pick up artist. Lucifer tries to seduce Chloe in order to understand her, which slows down the investigation.

Episode Five – Sweet Kicks

Chloe is desperate for Lucifer to help her in a case which involves a former street gang member who is now an artist and high end shoe designer. Lucifer puts his life at risk, finding it thrilling to test his limits.

Episode Six – Favorite Son

A warehouse is robbed and the security guard is killed – then things become more personal for Lucifer as the stolen container is his. He and Chloe look for the villain, while Lucifer struggles with who he is. It turns out the container holds Lucifer’s wings.

Episode Seven – Wingman

Lucifer keeps looking for his wings and asks Amenadiel for help. However, he is rejected, so asks Chloe instead. Chloe asks her ex husband Dan for help in investigating a case so she can prove her hunch is right about a police officer who is in a coma.

Overview

The word Lucifer may strike fear into some, but it’s also the name of a popular TV series which aired on Fox back in 2016. The protagonist seen in the show is based on the character found in DC Comics. Tom Ellis plays Lucifer Morningstar, also known as the Devil. This show was picked up by Netflix after three seasons aired, and it went on to be behind seasons four through six. Those who want some similar content can check out Parks and Recreation and Ozark.

Premise

The good news is that the basic concept behind Lucifer is fairly simple. Lucifer is an angel who committed betrayal in Heaven and was banished as a result. However, he finds himself bored in Hell and decides to give up his throne. Although his father is not happy about his decision, Lucifer takes his fate into his own hands and goes to Los Angeles.

He soon finds his feet in the ‘City of Angels’, running his own nightclub called Lux and getting romantically involved with a detective called Chloe Decker. The running theme in this show involves Lucifer helping out the LAPD with various murder cases, as well as threats in the form of angels and demons who come to visit.

Cast and characters

  • Tom Ellis – Lucifer Morningstar
  • Lauren German – Detective Chloe Decker
  • Kevin Alejandro – Detective Daniel Espinoza
  • DB Woodside – Amenadiel
  • Lesley-Ann Brandt – Mazikeen
  • Scarlett Estevez – Beatrice ‘Trixie’ Espinoza
  • Rachael Harris – Dr Linda Martin
  • Kevin Rankin – Detective Malcolm Graham
  • Tricia Helfer – Charlotte Richards/Mum
  • Aimee Garcia – Ella Lopez
  • Tom Welling – Lieutenant Marcus Pierce/Cain
  • Inbar Lavi – Eve

Filming locations

As one may expect for a film or TV series, Lucifer was primarily shot on location in LA. However, the entire second season was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. That said, Los Angeles was still the location for some of the episodes. When third season filming began, it was decided that the team would move back to California. Tax incentives were given by the California Film Commission. A whopping $92.1 million was spent on production. Season four took place on the Warner Bros Burbank studio lot as well as in Los Angeles.

Episodes and reception

There are five seasons of Lucifer at the time of writing, although we know that the sixth will be the final instalment. The first season has 13 episodes, the second has 18, season 3 comprises 26 episodes and season 4 has just 10. Season 5 was divided into two parts, each comprising eight episodes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second half of season five is yet to be released.

To begin with, Hulu owned the exclusive streaming rights to Lucifer, but Netflix took over from December 2018. If viewers in the UK want to check out this series, Amazon Video has the broadcasting rights to the first run, so new episodes air less than a day after they come out in the US.

The first episode was screened at the San Diego Comic Con in 2015. The show received positive reviews, but the overall season had a negative critical consensus. The cop procedure format was criticised, as it was believed that it prevented the potential the show had from shining through.

The show has been nominated over the course of 2016 and 2017 in the Teen Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Saturn Awards and Dragon Awards. That said, the history of this series is somewhat controversial, as 2015 saw a censorship campaign launched by the American Family Association website One Million Moms. Those who signed agreed with the premise that Satan was being ‘glorified’ as a caring and likable person. Although over 30,000 people signed the petition, the show was renewed by Fox in 2016 for a second season anyway.

Here is what happens in episodes from season one of Lucifer.

Episode One – Pilot

Lucifer Morningstar has retired his position as ruler of Hell and is now owner of a high-end nightclub in Los Angeles. A pop star he helped with their success is murdered right before him by a drug dealer. When the police get involved, he persuades Detective Decker to let him assist with apprehending the criminal. Meanwhile, his brother Amenadiel is pressuring him to return to Hell.

Episode Two – Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil.

Lucifer and Chloe team up again to solve a homicide. This case is a movie star’s son who suffered at the hands of a paparazzo. They were prone to creating volatile situations in order to be the first on a story.

Episode Three – The Would-Be Prince of Darkness
Lucifer persuaded a football star to lose his virginity, but when the girl he had sex with is murdered, Lucifer takes on the case to prove he is innocent.

Episode Four – Manly Whatnots
Chloe and Lucifer look into a case where a girl called Lindsay Jolson is missing after getting involved with a pick up artist. Lucifer tries to seduce Chloe in order to understand her, which slows down the investigation.

Episode Five – Sweet Kicks
Chloe is desperate for Lucifer to help her in a case which involves a former street gang member who is now an artist and high end shoe designer. Lucifer puts his life at risk, finding it thrilling to test his limits.

Episode Six – Favorite Son
A warehouse is robbed and the security guard is killed – then things become more personal for Lucifer as the stolen container is his. He and Chloe look for the villain, while Lucifer struggles with who he is. It turns out the container holds Lucifer’s wings.

Episode Seven – Wingman
Lucifer keeps looking for his wings and asks Amenadiel for help. However, he is rejected, so asks Chloe instead. Chloe asks her ex husband Dan for help in investigating a case so she can prove her hunch is right about a police officer who is in a coma.

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