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Ranking the Best Seasons Of 'Luther' 

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Updated January 22, 2020 60 votes 27 voters 5 items

All the seasons of Luther have been great, but which seasons really stand out? DCI John Luther will stop at nothing to get justice even if it means taking the law into his own hands. Some of the most memorable episodes of Luther come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Luther are, let's rank every Luther season from best to worst.

Luther is a British psychological crime drama, created by Neil Cross, that blurs the line between cop and criminal. Luther premiered on BBC One on May 4, 2010 and it became an instant hit thanks in part to a stellar performance from the series' lead, Idris Elba. It's fifth season aired in January 2019.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Luther, and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one Luther season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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Luther - Season 1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons Of 'Luther'
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The first season of Luther premiered on May 4, 2010, and contains 6 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) John Luther as he returns to active duty following a job-related nervous breakdown.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Episode 1," "Episode 2," and "Episode 6."

Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

  • Luther meets Alice.
  • Luther gets framed for murder.
  • Luther plots revenge with the help of Alice and Mark.
Great season?
Luther - Season 5 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons Of 'Luther'
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The fifth season of Luther premiered on January 1, 2019, and contains 4 episodes. This season finds Luther facing off against mobsters as well as his own demons.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Episode 1" and "Episode 3."

Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

  • Alice returns.
  • DS Catherine Halliday is shot.
  • Alice takes a fall.
Great season?
Luther - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons Of 'Luther'
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The second season of Luther premiered on June 14, 2011, and contains 4 episodes. This season finds Luther protecting a family friend while hunting down a killer.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Episode 3" and "Episode 4."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • Luther arrests Jenny for her own protection.
  • Detective Gray grows suspicious of Luther.
  • Luther contends with a murderous example of sibling rivalry.
Great season?
Luther - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons Of 'Luther'
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The third season of Luther premiered on July 2, 2013, and contains 4 episodes. This season finds Luther contending with a vigilante killer as he himself is the subject of suspicions.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Episode 1" and "Episode 2."

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

  • Marwood demands justice.
  • Ripley confronts Marwood.
  • Alice protects Luther.
Great season?