Idris Elba for GQ Magazine

Posted on September 20, 2013

We’re afraid you just can’t sit around and drool this time, kittens. You’re going to have to work for this one.


Idris Elba covers the October 2013 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Sebastian Kim.


Suit by Tommy Hilfiger | Shirt by Bottega Veneta | Tie by Brunello Cucinelli | Jeans by Simon Miller | Cap by JJ Hat Center | Socks by Paul Smith | Shoes by Ralph Lauren

Suit by Suitsupply | Turtleneck by Bottega Veneta | Pocket square by Brunello Cucinelli


Mercy. That man can wear a vest. Pardon us, “waistcoat.” Although they do appear to be on the tight side a bit.

Anyway, your mission: sell us on Luther. It’s always popping up in our suggestions queue on Netflix because of our predilection for the occasional Brit-drama (and Doctor Who, of course), but we’ve never actually sat through an entire episode. It just looked like  standard tortured-cop procedural to us.



[Photo Credit: Sebastian Kim for GQ Magazine]

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  • Molly

    I watched one episode of Luther and couldn’t sleep afterwards because I was too afraid. Even the stunning Mr Elba couldn’t lure me back!

    • Vanja

      The monster under the bed episode, right?

      • Molly

        y-y-y-yes!! Then the husband was slammed through the ceiling and I was done!

        • Vanja

          The fact that it was done so slow creeped me out. That episode isn’t representative of the rest of the series, also one of the reasons why I got a good scare from that scene.

        • Astrid Bonnets

          I had to sleep with the lights on after that one! I’m glad I watched the end of the season afterwards though. Brought closure!

      • Emily Dagger

        I knew that was coming b/c of things friends in the UK said on Twitter, and even KNOWING I jumped and clutched my pillow.

      • ComeLetsTalk

        That was seriously on of the few times I’ve ever jumped watching a TV series. I hate that scene.

    • Perditax

      I made the mistake of watching that episode on my first night alone in a new flat! Nearly had to sleep with the light on…

      • Molly

        I’ve lived in mine for 7 years and I had to triple check the locks and do up the chain for the first time ever!

  • Missy

    I’m pretty sure Idris Elba is selling us all on “Luther” right now. . . I’m convinced.

    • Missy

      [Waistcoats are very convincing.]

    • kim bunchalastnames

      i’m beginning to think that being exiled to elba wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.

    • gabbilevy

      He’s the one and only reason “Luther” is nearing the top of my Netflix queue. *droooool*

  • Kate Andrews

    It’s tortured-cop procedural, but it’s not as rote as it would be on American network TV. Luther misbehaves, but he gets in real trouble, and not just for the episode. I like it!

    • nowlo

      Agreed. It’s smarter than your average tortured cop procedural. I think another part of the appeal for fans is the amazing chemistry between Elba and Ruth Wilson as Alice. She’s an interesting character in her own right.

      • Vivi N

        Love me some Alice!

      • fursa_saida

        They’re incredible together, and the dialogue for their scenes is, IMO, pretty exceptionally written. She’s one of the better Professor Moriarty style figures I’ve seen in television.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    All I know is its the “How to” issue.., and I want to know. Everything.

  • Diego!

    I love the last suit! It looks great on him, everything does, of course, but the last one is stunning!

    • kimmeister

      It takes a special guy to rock a magenta windowpane suit with a blush pink turtleneck.

  • MandyJane

    I only watched the last season of Luther, I somehow missed the previous seasons (I probably thought it was a show about Lex Luther lol), anyway it was really good. I didn’t expect it to be so suspenseful! I actually watched some of it with my hands over my face.

    • up with pod people

      I do like the idea of Alice Morgan and the chemistry between the actors, but honestly the things she gets away with completely stretch credulity beyond the breaking point. It all sort of destroys the immersiveness, imho.

      I’m in the “wanted to like the show better because of the performances, but jesus christ enough horrifically murdered women” camp.

      • Beardslee

        That’s how I was. The victims were always women and their deaths were horrible. He is great but I stopped watching a few shows in. I think the last straw was the woman with her tongue cut out. Enough.

      • Aurumgirl

        You do have a point. But then, the whole thing about cop procedurals is that lots of women get killed. And this isn’t a new thing, either. I remember a joke about the Rockford Files, that show from the 70’s, where the spot in front of the refrigerator in the title character’s trailer was termed “The Dead Girl” spot, because that’s where each episode’s first victim, who was always female, would be found dead.

        If you’ve ever watched that show The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson, the writer of that series starts from that point and moves on to explore why this phenomenon has become such a staple of the cop narrative in media. His conclusion–and the conclusion of the detective we see Gillian play–is just plain old every day misogyny.
        However, the Detective Stella Gibson character is said to have sparked a fashion wave of white blouse chic for women in the UK.

        • fursa_saida

          Have you heard the term “fridging”? It comes from the same source, I think, but basically you use it to describe any time a woman, or a female character (if she’s so lucky to be alive onscreen and/or described as important to a male character posthumously), is killed to further the plot or give another character (usually male) more development. Like, “augh, really, we’re starting straight off with a fridged wife?” or “I can’t believe Teen Wolf decided we needed to give Derek a girlfriend just to fridge her, EVERYTHING WAS GOING SO WELL.”

          You’ve convinced me to watch The Fall! Tangentially, one reason I like Hannibal (there are many) is that while there are plenty of dead women, there are ALSO plenty of dead men. Also, the alive female characters are all excellent.

          • Aurumgirl

            That must be true! I also think it means that other truth: that female characters are written one of three ways in all media. She’s either an annoying overachiever heroine, a Strong Female Character (your standard masculine Hero tropes, but in a dress), or “Fridge Stuffing”. Eventually all the annoying overachiever gals get punished anyway, leaving just the two categories, Strong Female Character or Fridge Stuffing.

            I think you’ll love The Fall. Yes, Stella’s an overachiever but she doesn’t give a damn if it annoys, and she’s no “Hero in a dress”. I so wish that show would continue and very soon!

          • fursa_saida

            I think the one of three ways thing is largely true, but not always true. I’d cite Game of Thrones, Hannibal, and Elementary as contradictions in television (maybe Luther, too? but I’m not far enough into it yet to really say); I can think of loads of contradictory books, but that’s kind of a different field; and as for movies, all the main examples that jump to mind are 90s teen movies + Pacific Rim + The Grandmaster, which I guess is saying something about either me or movies.

            Note I’m not saying that a show that has good female characters is necessarily in itself non-sexist or -misogynist, just that good female characters really are out there. You just have to work hard to find them, unfortunately.

          • Aurumgirl

            As for movies, my favourite example is Aliens, with Sigourney Weaver in the Male Hero in a dress role and “Baby” in the heroine role.

          • Lanus

            Actually, I think the origins of “Fridging” are in Comic Books, where one female character LITERALLY ENDED UP IN A FRIDGE. Let me look….

            Ah, yes, it was Green Lantern’s Girlfriend that started it all — Women, they exist just to piss off the hero so he can act all righteous and shit.

      • Rachel S.

        You’re right about the last point. That’s what’s really hard to stomach for me. It’s really tough to watch.

  • Vanja

    The best thing about Luther is the chemistry between Luther and Alice Morgan. Out of the three, series one is still the best because of said chemistry.

    • mshesterp

      I didn’t enjoy Series 2 nearly as much as Series 1 because of the lack of interaction with Luther and Alice (and the crimes seemed to have too much of a gross-out factor). Probably won’t watch Series 3 for the same reason. But he as Luther is really delightful. That accent…

      • Vanja

        Then only watch the last episode of series 3. 😉

    • Heather

      Yes, also I love and want Alice’s wardrobe!!

  • Rand Ortega

    Ok, so I have 2 magazines I have to buy.

  • MilaXX

    In a way it is a standard tortured cop drama, The first season was the best of course and as heartbreaking as I found the turn of events this season, it was the weakest to date. You watch it because of Idris. It’s his performance that makes it worth while. Besides the seasons are short; anywhere from 4 to 6 eps.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      And Alice is worth the price of admission.

      • MilaXX

        my favorite line in the entire series is, “I’ve got a friend who’s a mad woman,”

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I love Luther, but mostly because I think Idris Elba could read the phone book and it’d be worth watching. It’s definitely not a standard cop procedural. John Luther is a man teetering on the edge of a total breakdown, and he has a bizarre and quasi-intimate relationship with a female serial killer. I thought it was fascinating and intense. Also, it’s a short series, so it’s not a huge time commitment.

  • Jacquelyn

    WAIT WAIT WAIT. Uncles. You HAVEN’T watched Luther?! I do NOT understand. That is your mission this weekend. There is to be no argument. Trust us on this one.

  • Glam Dixie

    It’s probably just me, but this is probably the worst I’ve seen this man look.

    • annabelle YBGS archer

      I concur. I mean, his worst is still far and away better than most people’s best, but if I didn’t know him already, I doubt these shots would have me falling in lust.

      • Glam Dixie

        Exactly, and if I recall correctly, they also made the lovely Hugh Jackman look a mess.

  • Imasewsure

    Don’t love these shots much although he’s handsome and hot as usual. Luther was just ok. Couldn’t get in to it after two episodes. Watched Broadchurch instead

    • GillianHolroyd

      +1 for Broadchurch. Riveting.

      • majorbedhead

        Broadchurch was amazing. And I’m not just saying that because of David Tennant. The whole cast was brilliant in that series.

      • Vivi N

        That’s the next show I’m going to get into. Well, there’s a lot of shows that I need to get into.

  • alyce1213

    Very sausagey, very handsome. I’ve watched a couple eps of Luther – good show, but I’m not addicted.
    I love his shoes.

  • thecitysleeps

    Luther is unbelievably good. And I mean in a kill all my feels sort of way. It’s gritty and scary and written well. Also Idris is not only beautiful but very talented. Plus they make London look so pretty (while also terrifying).

    And I have to add that it has one of my favourite female characters on tv – and considering she’s a psychopath that’s saying a lot. She’s written exceptionally for who she is.

  • Emily Dagger

    Luther does gritty and harrowing — physically and psychologically — better than any other tortured cop procedural I’ve ever seen. The acting is staggering, especially in the first season which I could marathon once a month and not get sick of until 2017 at the earliest.

    BUT. If you need shallower reasons? In addition to Idris Elba, you’ve got (for greater or shorter periods of time over the course of the show) 1) Ruth Wilson, who is incredibly talented and has a mouth that makes me seriously consider lesbianism as a viable alternative. 2) Warren Brown, who would be a stereotypical handsome toughie if he weren’t so wee and weirdly sensitive looking sometimes (I seriously want to carry him about in my purse and take him out every few hours for a bit of a cuddle). 3) Indira Varma, who is gorgeous even though I’ve loathed her in everything she’s been in (I loathe her far less in this). 4) Paul McGann, who is pretty damn handsome, and has one of those long evocative faces.

    • MilaXX

      Totally agree re: Ruth Wilson & Warren Brown

      • Emily Dagger

        He’s apparently been world champion of Thai boxing a couple of times? I still just want to hug him like he’s a puppy.

        • MilaXX

          I had no idea. I must google for pictures now.

          • Emily Dagger

            Be prepared for him to look about 12 — I think he “retired” and switched to acting in his early 20s, but the baby face was still in full effect at that point.

          • MilaXX

            I saw! He looked like a baby. No wonder he was able to play teen age roles for so long.

          • Emily Dagger

            One of the many actors recently where I’ve been “ugh, I’m a perv for thinking lustily about such a child… [google google] .. YES. Only 15 months younger than I am. Perv on, Dagger. Perv on.”

        • Zirza

          They keep referring to him as puppy on Luther as well. First time I noticed I was all ‘yes, he totally does have puppy dog eyes”. He’s the most adorable professional figher I’ve ever laid eyes on. Also, I like how he goes from Basil Exposition to actual character in season 3. He’s got the acting chops for it.

      • Rachel S.

        Oh my god Warren Brown is the cutest thing alive.

        • MilaXX

          Tracked this post down just so I could share. Seems Warren is in a new series that just started 2 weeks ago in the UK called By Any Means. It’s another cop/crime trauma. If I can track it down I may check it out.

    • Vivi N

      Ah, yes. Warren Brown. Such a cutie. And I, too, thought he was a young lad until I Wiki’d him. Just a couple years older than me. That’ll do just fine.

      • Emily Dagger

        His new show “By Any Means” premiered last night, and apparently did respectable numbers against the (terrible, exposition laden) Downton return. It’s cute — kind of like Hustle, but with cops.

    • fursa_saida

      Indira Varma always gets these awful unlikeable villain roles and then dies pretty quickly. It’s been nice (I’m still only partway through the first season–I’m watching it with other people, so I can’t marathon it) to see her get to, you know, survive and be a decent person.

      • Emily Dagger

        I desperately want to reply to this, but can’t without spoiling things in a big way. Enjoy series 1! It’s brilliant.

        • fursa_saida

          OH NOOOO, she’s totally dead, isn’t she.

          • Emily Dagger

            Or she could just turn out to be not very nice after all. There are many possibilities.

          • Zirza

            Or both. I’m not saying it is both, but it’s a possibility too.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I hate the first and the last outfits, but that one in the middle? ALL THE COOKIES. ALL’EM. He can have every. Single. One.

    But seriously- that last suit is TERRIBLE. Jesus.

  • bellafigura1

    Without being too crude, he looks like he’s about to pop the crotch of that plaid suit. And that is not a criticism!

  • RussellH88

    Alice is the main reason to watch Luther. She’s probably one of my all-time favorite TV characters.

    • MilaXX

      Alice is only in series 1 and briefly in the most recent

      • Dorothy & Michael n/a

        you would be wrong about that. She re-appeared in season 3, but not until the last episode.

        • MilaXX

          That’s what I said. Appearing in one episode is a brief appearance for me..

          • Dorothy & Michael n/a

            Oh I apologize! Geez I need to get my glasses replaced. Sincere apology.

          • MilaXX

            no worries!

  • Valdri8

    The first season was quite fun to watch; the others not so much, but I will watch them just to see him in action. My fav is still his AB FAB episode.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Too. Tight. And not in a good way. He can’t even recline all the way in the second shot.

  • Sara Perkins

    His facial expressions look a bit tortured or something? He has looked better! But, Luther is a great, suspenseful show. It makes Law and Order seem so milquetoast.

  • up with pod people

    I hate crime procedurals because they so often rely on thinking up the grossest, most exploitative invented serial killers and the most horrifically murdered women (so, so often women). And frankly Luther doesn’t rise above that. The character is Sherlock-level brilliant and played to perfection and the only reason to watch is for Idris’ performance, and that’s how I struggled through, but you’re not wrong. It’s a struggle, and it’s infuriating that “elaborately terrorized and killed women” is a whole genre subcategory, basically.

    • ryenerman

      This is a really good articulation of the only thing holding me back from watching Luther. I love IE, but cannot bring myself to watch another crime procedural with ridiculously exploitative crimes.

  • Le_Sigh

    I do enjoy Luther because its nice to see Idris as non-Stringer Bell. But I have to take it in small doses, because it IS the usual procedural tortured-cop drama, which I enjoy, but only have so much bandwidth for.

    But honestly, sometimes its just nice to have him traipsing around on the TV screen – so I turn it on mute whilst I clean the house, because yum.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I can’t with the “nothing gets between me and my Calvins” posing in the second picture, but I love the cover shot. Yummy!

  • knittermom

    Luther isn’t standard in the sense that you can get some work done on the computer while you watch, look up every 5 minutes and not have missed anything (my definition of standard TV), and it is certainly darker and more graphic than most, so whether you will like it depends on your taste for violence and psychological headgames. Luther himself is almost Sherlockian in the way he understands psychopaths, although he doesn’t do too much of the telling people their career and what they had for breakfast with a glance of their clothes, so the character is very interesting to watch, and like someone already said, he makes mistakes and is oh so very human. I enjoyed the first 2 seasons a lot, especially his relationship with a woman psychopath who lusts after him (he was walking a razor edge with that woman, and she is fabulous, wearing styles and hairdos a la Dita Von Teese), but this third season isn’t grabbing me as much, the show has blundered away from the perfect balance of character study and violent plots into just plain violence, and the whole IA thread is just boring. I haven’t given up yet though, but it isn’t a must see anymore when it shows up on TiVo.

    • knittermom

      Oops, way too long of a reply, but I like ruminating on TV shows! And, i had to add that the first picture above was gasp worthy, oh my my my…

    • MilaXX

      I hated the IA thread and Nikki Amuka-Bird is slowly working her way onto my irrational hate list. Every character she plays is someone I dislike.

      • Rand Ortega

        LOVED her on Torchwood. Her character, Beth, was positively heartbreaking.

        • MilaXX

          I should have felt bad for her, but I had already seen her in a few things where I disliked her and couldn’t work up any sympathy.

          • Rand Ortega

            LOL! Dayum. That’s some serious IH.

  • jilly_d

    Uncles, you need to get on that, because:
    1. Always surprising. Almost every episode, I yell “OHMIGOD!” at the screen once.
    2. Like the other BK’s have suggested, great chemistry between Idris and Ruth Wilson.

  • hughman

    True Confession : I just realized this week that Blair Underwood and Idris Elba are different people. Which means I am either possibly racist or incredibly stupid. Probably both.

  • carnush

    I watched the first season, gave up on the second. Idis is great and so is Ruth Wilson, but the story just isn’t there in my opinion.

  • formerlyAnon

    Idris Elba’s voice.

    Though I’m wimpy and have to be in the right mood to watch, since sometimes it’s a little intense for me.

  • marlie

    HAWT. I’m going to see if my bf would be willing to lounge around in three-piece suits from now on, because DAYUM.

  • elirt

    Luther is better than any US procedural because it isn’t 1 case per episode – each season is about one story and the first season pours into the second. Overall, I thought it was pretty good, but I don’t think it’s as amazing as some people make it out to be. There are still moments where we have to suspend our disbelief for the sake of the story. What I actually found most interesting was to see how Brits portray police work and how different their styles are. Much less gun use, for example, and the offices seem dirty (unlike Dexter’s ridiculously clean and posh office).

    • majorbedhead

      Have you watched Waking The Dead? Awesome British cold case show, with great, fallible characters. I love it. I’m holding off on watching the final two episodes because it’s the last of them and it’s going to make me sad knowing they’re not making any more.

      • elirt

        I haven’t heard of it, but good to note!

    • Zirza

      Speaking of which, Did You Hear About The Morgans would have been a much better movie if it had been about Alice and her American cousin, Dexter.

  • Lori

    I can’t help you on Luther. Elba was great in the episodes I watched, but I thought the show was a pretty standard tortured-cop procedural, complete with all the female victimization torture-porn that’s become the norm in the genre. The only aspect that isn’t standard issue is Alice and that’s totally a YMMV thing that doesn’t work for me. Let’s just say there’s a reason I stopped reading Chelsea Cain’s books. IOW, I couldn’t get into it, even for the high-quality Elba.

  • sagecreek

    OT, unks, but I would love to hear your take on the outfit that Chelsea Clinton wore on the Daily Show last night.

  • Fordzo

    Luther who? God Bless Sausage Friday.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Luther is a show that has to be watched with no distraction. Which is fucking hard because Idris is alarmingly good looking. All. The. Time.

  • MaggieMae

    I think he’s giving off this vibe that those are his clothes and he dresses like that all the time. Own it, Idris!

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    No can do. I watched because of him. Tortured cop, ex-wife who still loves him but cannot be with him because of his demons, crazy fish-lipped antagonist/nemesis. And all very, very dark. Not my cuppa.

    • Howard Sturrup

      Luther is a very intense show; I made it through season 1 an the first three episodes of season two but had to take a break, the show takes a lot out of you.

  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    I ordered seasons 1 and 2 for my son to see while he’s deployed. He’s enjoying them immensely. I’m very disappointed that season 3 (and I use the term loosely) was only 4 eps, but I take what I can get. It’s mesmerizing television.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I’m curious about Luther as well. I just finished watching The Fall (starring Gillian Anderson) and that was incredibly intense. Might be time to pick up another Brit series (oh, and before The Fall, I watched Ripper Street, which was also quite good..think CSI meets the late 19th century)

    • ShaoLinKitten

      The ending of The Fall was kind of irritating, in the vein of recent shows that love their ambiguous endings.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        True. I couldn’t believe that was the last episode of the season.

        • demidaemon

          One of my favorite Brit series is Midsomer Murders, partly for the Friday the 13th level stupidity of some of the victims, and partly for the great chemistry the main character has with his second-in-command(s). The cases are always interesting and heavily based upon rural British cultural notions, which adds a great deal of flavor and interest. Luckily (or unfortunately, depending on your POV), Netflix only goes up until the main character retires and his cousin takes over. Personally, it felt like a good ending for me, so I was happy with the conclusion. I definitely recommend it for anyone who like British cozy mysteries with a bit of snark and chemistry.

    • pookiesmom

      The Fall was one of the most subversive examinations of the crime drama genre & its victimization of women that I’ve ever seen. So well done.

      I know TLO are looking for reasons to watch Luther, but I found The Fall much, much more interesting (sadly, though, no Idris). They should watch that! :)

  • Jodi

    It’s a fantastic show. It is standard tortured-cop, except done by Idris Elba. Whole new level of sexy brooding happening. Also British shows push the psychological drama far better than US-based ones do. There’s far more suspense.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I will work for it. I will work for those clothes, that man in those clothes, and that man out of those clothes.

  • Rand Ortega

    Can someone please tell me what happened to my pants?

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  • AnnPopovic

    It IS tortured cop. But he behaves badly and looks delicious. If you like cop shows, this is the cream of the crop. If not, turn the sound off, put on a good opera, grab a glass of wine and there you go.

  • Jessica Smith

    I have tried really, really hard with Luther, because people talk about what an amazing show it is, but every time I watch it I nearly black out with rage. Every single episode is about women being tortured, murdered, stalked, and terrorized, all so the super-masculine lead can come and save them and feel better about himself. I just can’t handle it. I am not a victim. Stop representing me as an object that can be battered and bruised in order to build up a man’s ego. Luther made me furious like no cheap torture porn movie ever could.

  • whirligig7

    It’s way scarier than standard cop procedural. And even if it were standard, it stars IDRIS ELBA. That’s reason enough! Honestly, it’s very fast-paced and has some really gasp-worthy moments. Your heart breaks for the man pretty much constantly.

  • ComeLetsTalk

    Mercy.. Love me some Idris. As for as Luther. I binged watched the first season in one sitting. It’s fabulous. Now the ending…Let’s just say…its different.

  • MsKitty

    Why you should watch Luther? Because he has the most awesome homicidal sociopathic sidekick of all time. Alice Morgan is the bee’s knees. Seriously.

  • Kimmu

    Watch it for the relationship and chemistry between Luther and Alice Morgan.

    Ruth Wilson as absolutely delicious sociopath is so much fun and her and Idris have amazing chemistry

  • DeniseSchipani

    Someone convince me to watch the second series. I loved, loved, loved the first (agree about Alice, loved Saskia Reeves as his boss, etc. etc.) The first episode of Series 2 has one of the most disturbing scenes I’ve watched on TV, and I’m no stranger to gritty/upsetting TV. But Idris? Oh, yes, thank you.

    • Zirza

      Saskia Reeves pissed me off for two reasons: 1) she apparently learned Cockney from Dick van Dyke and 2) she was annoyingly weepy an shrill in that last episode. Ripley’s got it all figured out in thirty minutes and she stays in full-on panic/kill mode until the end of the episode. Did not miss her at all in season 2.

  • Suse

    He was awesome as the murdering drug lord, Stringer Bell, in ‘The Wire.’ I think I need to watch that again.

  • Madam Von Sassypants

    Cropped off crotch, crotch, annnnnnd… (singsong) CROOOTTTTTCHHHH!

    • lalahartma

      That’s what I thought! CROTCH!

  • GTrain

    Yeah it’s tortured cop procedural but there are surprises along the way. It’s superbly acted and I think some of the best cinematography on TV.

  • sk8tfan

    Adore me some Idris, but I can’t with the show. Too depressing by far.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    I can’t do it. I am in LOVE with this man and I still cannot watch Luther. A brief look through the comments and it appears that I am in the same boat as everyone else. Even a handsome man can’t negate our need for a good – and fear less – night’s sleep.

  • lamh36

    I recommend starting with the first season of Luther, not just starting at the last one. The first season is 10 eps long and it sets the scene for what you saw in the latest season.

    If you like crime drama at the movies, Luther has the feel of a movie crime drama more than a television show. The first season introduces you to Alice and how she became Luther’s psycho killer soul mate. The analogy someone gave was that Luther is like a superhero but withou super powers or a utility belt.

    If you give it a chance, the first season will draw you in. It’s nothing to follow the next two seasons since Season 2/3 are only 4 eps each. So 3 seasons, only 18 eps total. Not a bad sell.

    I’ll admit, I watched the series because it had Idris first and because it was BBC America and their dramas are just way better. I watched the whole season because Idris is VERY GOOD and he plays the character of Luther fabulously.

    So to recap reasons to watch Luther:

    1) Idris Elba and all 6 ft…whatever of him, lumbering around, with these long as strides and broad shoulders. It’s been said that Idirs Elba’s “swagger” as Luther alone is enough to recommend the show. Plus you get to hear Idris in his natural accent and I tell ya, that man has one of the more deep and masculine British London accents you will ever love to hear (I love my Brit-boys, but man some of them do NOT have the deepest voices ever, i.e. Dave Beckham. Love to look at him, but man I hate it when he speaks…lol)

    2)The character of Alice turns the whole pyscho-killer antagonist completely on its ear, you actually find yourself “shipping” Alice and Luther even though Alice is a “psycho-bitch”.

    3)The story or just this side of creepy that it gives you a jolt when you watch it, but it’s that good kinda scary jolt that the best crime drama and suspence movies have. Plus the seasons are short, so you could literally watch them all in a one day marathon.

    4) Last but not least, did I mention…that IDRIS freakin’ ELBA is in it.

  • Kristobel

    My description can’t do it justice, so here is the opening shot from Pajiba’s review: “It is easy to dismiss “Luther” as just another in the long line of procedurals fitted around that specific character, that haunted copper who in his worst moments is no better than the thugs he hunts. Violence and red eyes glaring out of the darkness. The half-wild hound set among the wolves. The rough man standing watch on the walls so that the gentle people may sleep. But that’s not who Luther is, for all his anger at the low men.”You should read the entire review, but the gist is that the incredible writing combined with Idris Elba’s raw talent make this show an experience that will haunt you.

    • lamh36

      that is exactly what it feels like. Elba imbues so much emotion and vitality in the character that even though it may seem formulaic, the character seems fresh and new!

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I’m a big old wuus when it comes to the blood and gore aspect of suspense; I don’t do horror at all. Luther is waaaaaaay bloodier and darker that I can usually cope with but it is utterly compelling. I could not look away. Would the BKs steer their Guncles wrong? Exactly.

    • Pennymac

      Of all of the replies I read in the comments, yours. EM, seems to compel me to watch. I’ll put it in my queue and wait for the nerve to view it…

  • snarkykitten

    I really wanted to like Luther, but I can’t stand Alice.

  • Anne Coburn

    No, it’s amazing. Really. It’s up there with Sherlock for me. The performances sell it, and it has Ruth Wilson being a creepy psychotic lady. It’s fabulous.

  • Vivi N

    I just recently got into “Luther” (I’m on the last episode of this current season) and I say, go for it! It’s really good and Idris does a great job with his role. And, like some folks mentioned, some of the crimes are scary as shit. “Luther” has this way of getting all suspenseful and making me scared as shit during some episodes.

    I wish it wasn’t 4 episodes a season. I mean, I know it’s a mini-series and all but still…I want more “Luther”, dammit.

  • rikyrah

    Totally with everyone else..

    You gotta start Luther with SEASON ONE…

    But, onto Luther and why you should watch it.


    Idris Elba..


    Short British tv seasons…you could knock it out on one weekend day.


    great writing…


    if you guess the real bad guy, I’ll tip my hat to you…


    Alice…crazy ass Alice…and that’s all I’ll say about her…

    Luther rocks.

    and when it ends, you’ll be going…


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  • d4divine

    That psycho stalker character works my nerves with her perma duck lips…sorry Idris, you glorious creature, but I cannot get past that…no…her.

  • Qitkat

    Well, there may be some *torturing* going on right here;-p
    Just sayin’

  • hellkell

    Luther: yes, he’s tortured, and there is other torture. But Elba is so intense, and his chemistry with Ruth Wilson is so outrageous you can’t take your eyes off him.

    Thank you for adding this to Sausage Friday!

  • Jessi03

    It is definitely “tortured cop,” but in England and with the PRETTY that is Idris Elba! What’s not to love? Also, fierce as shit female characters. Sold!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I’m shallow. I’ll watch the hell out of anything with him in it. Yum.

  • deech

    “Luthor” is not that special. It’s one of those shows that uses shockingly excessive violence to masquerade as quality writing. The acting is good, if you value acting. I don’t mean that to come across as sarcastic. As a sci fi/fantasy fan, I have a high threshold for bad acting. Also, of course, it stars Idris Elba, who seems more relaxed with his native London accent than with his Baltimore accent; although, he did a wonderful job with “The Wire.”

  • Aurumgirl

    There were so many unnerving episodes of that show, but I couldn’t stop watching. I’ll be back as soon as the next season starts, too, because this one left off on a big fat cliffhanger. It would be a mistake to judge this series on the first show alone…things really do develop beyond the “standard cop procedural”.

    Also: it’s as if suits never existed before Idris.

  • MoHub

    No man has a right to look that good. There should be a law against him.

  • Fannie Wolston

    Why, it does look like he is drooling with that posture.. 😉 .at first read, it sounded like you knew this bum…
    but oh yes kittens are drooling.

  • BookishBren

    Luther is one of the best shows, imo. Hang with it because Luther forms a relationship with someone that is really intriguing. NO SPOILERS. But hang with it. It is a bit dark and tortured at times, but well worth it. And I am a huge ninny and watched this.

  • fursa_saida

    It’s worth actually reading the GQ piece as well. DID YOU KNOW HE’S A DJ? DID YOU KNOW HE USED TO BE A WELDER? I found him very, very engaging in that article.

  • ItsDicey

    I can only add that the first season of Luther is well worth watching. Sure, it’s a tortured cop procedural, but in my mind it has enough elements (such as Alice) that draw me in and keep me watching. Having said that, the 2nd season is not as good and I cant even finish the first episode of season 3. You know it’s bad when even Idris can’t keep me coming back.

  • Aaminah Khan

    Luther is worth it for Elba’s chemistry with Ruth Wilson’s character alone. Also some standout performances from Indira Varma and Paul McGann. Don’t watch it alone at night, though. I made the mistake of doing that during the episode with the blood-drinking Crowley-lite Satanist. Nightmares for days.

  • Diana Rooks

    Once I realized that ‘Luther’ was basically a live-action graphic novel, it became infinitely more enjoyable. The opening credits are a dead give-away in this respect, but it still took me two or so episodes to calibrate my expectations. The final episode of the first series is worth pushing through for. Also, Justin Ripley is gloriously stoic virtue in teddy bear form.

  • Danielle

    Someone on twitter once said that Idris makes this half-apologetic face as if he knows his beauty is hurting you and he’s sorry. Perfect description.

  • rebeemoon

    I’d call it tortured but innovative. I love it. Nothing standard at all about “Luther.” (Either the show or the man.)

  • SVLynn

    Here’s a great explanation of why you should watch.

  • PeaceBang

    I haven’t seen “Luther” so I can’t offer any opinions, but I have many opinions about Mr. Elba — none of which are printable.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    The show is great. If you guys can take American Horror Story you can take Luther. The twist is the relationship he has with one of the other characters. Especially in the first season. He is outside of the law and has these really complicated outrageous ways of dealing with folks. Plus its British so its a little more edgy than US police stuff. Try the first season.

  • Mei-Lu McGonigle

    It’s super intense & horrifying but the acting is AMAZING. Let Ruth Wilson dig her claws into you & that’s it, you’ll be sold. Also, Idris Elba is a beautiful, beautiful man (duh).

  • Rachel S.

    You will love Luther not for Idris Elba, but because of Alice. It’s all about Alice. Alice is fabulous. Alice is cruel. Alice doesn’t give a shit, but she does, but wait she doesn’t. Little Alice the Psychopath. She is a female Moriarty, but probably would school him too. I fucking love Alice.

  • Katie

    It *is* a tortured cop procedural, but the characters are interesting and well written, and the acting is superb.

  • Melissa

    I have to say, I found Luther a bit overblown. I really really wanted to like it because I love vixens, detectives, Idris Elba, and Brit drama, but it got too hammy for me.

  • illmami

    Luther is one of the best series on TV that no one is watching…at least not as many of us as there are watching in the UK. the actors assembled for the cast are superb, the writing is stellar, and Idris Elba acts so well that you almost forget how handsome he is moving across your screen. Despite the four episode seasons of 2 & 3, the last two episodes of season 2 kept me up at night. AMAZING.

  • kathrineb

    Ah! Idris is my no.1 man crush. Sexiest man of all time.

    I love the show Luther but I could not do it justice by trying to sell/defend it. It’s just suspenseful and fun to watch. Luther is an interesting character and they are not afraid to kill people off. Good baddies too.

  • Tatiana Luján

    When it comes to cop shows, I reccomend Wallander UK.