Lucifer (TV series)

Based on The characters created for Vertigo
by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg
Developed by Tom Kapinos
Composer(s) Marco Beltrami
Dennis Smith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Alex Katsnelson
Michael Azzolino
Erik Holmberg
Nathan Hope
Location(s) Los Angeles, California (pilot)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography Glen Keenan
Ryan McMaster
Editor(s) Marc Pattavina
Ray Daniels III
Fred Peterson
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Fox
Original release January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) – present (present)
External links
Production website

Lucifer is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos that premiered on Fox on January 25, 2016.[1][2] It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman, who later became the protagonist of the spin-off comic book series Lucifer written by Mike Carey, both published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. In April 2016, Fox renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 19, 2016.[3] On October 31, 2016, the series received a 22-episode full second season pickup by Fox.[4]


Further information: List of Lucifer episodes

The series focuses on Lucifer Morningstar, the Devil, "who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the beauty of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals".[5] Lucifer runs a nightclub in Los Angeles called "Lux", with the assistance of his demonic ally Mazikeen or "Maze". After a minor celebrity whom Lucifer once helped achieve fame is murdered outside his club, Lucifer becomes involved with the LAPD when he takes it upon himself to assist Detective Chloe Decker in finding the one responsible so that he can "punish" them. He becomes fascinated with Decker when she appears to be immune to his powers and charms.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25)April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25)
222[6]September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19)TBA

Cast and characters


In September 2014, it was reported that DC and Fox were developing a television series based on the Sandman character Lucifer, as originally written by Neil Gaiman.[1] In February 2015, it was announced that Tom Ellis had been cast as Lucifer Morningstar, and that Tom Kapinos would write the pilot, to be directed by Len Wiseman.[7] Lina Esco was originally cast as Maze (Mazikeen),[19] however, the role was later recast with Lesley-Ann Brandt.[15] Nicholas Gonzalez portrayed Dan in the pilot episode.[20]

In May 2015, the series was officially picked up for 13 episodes for the 2015–16 season.[21][22] Fox then hired Almost Human alum Joe Henderson as showrunner, with Kapinos remaining on the series in a lesser capacity.[23]

In June 2016, it was announced that Tricia Helfer had been cast as Lucifer and Amenadiel's mother, Charlotte, and that she was to appear in multiple episodes in season 2.[24] The character was promoted to series regular in July 2016.[25] Aimee Garcia had also been cast as a regular in season 2, playing L.A.P.D.'s forensic scientist Ella Lopez.[26]

In August 2016, executive producer Ildy Modrovich announced the casting of Michael Imperioli as the angel Uriel, Amenadiel and Lucifer's middle brother with "a chip on his shoulder".[27]

Several episodes include musical performances by Tom Ellis, although he has stated in interviews that while it is his vocals, the piano accompaniment seen on screen is not actually him.[28]


Broadcast on the Fox network in the US, the series is available in the United Kingdom from Amazon Prime[29] and in Australia on FX.[30]



Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Monday 9:00 pm 13 January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) 7.16[31] April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25) 3.89[32] 2015–16 62 7.17[33]
2 22[34] September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19) 4.36[35] TBA TBD 2016–17 TBD TBD

Critical reception

The pilot episode was screened in July at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. The pilot was met positively by the viewers, with Bleeding Cool's Dan Wickline praising the episode, saying "the show itself is enjoyable because of the great dialogue and flawless delivery from its lead" and "This version of Lucifer refuses to take almost anything seriously and the show is better for it."[36] Max Nicholson of IGN rated the pilot episode a 6.9/10, praising Tom Ellis's performance as Lucifer and the lighthearted tone of the show, but criticizing the show for essentially being another crime procedural show.[37]

The first season received generally mixed reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 49% approval rating, with an average rating of 5.2/10 based on 35 reviews. The website's consensus reads: "Lucifer's got sex appeal, but the show's hackneyed cop procedural format undermines a potentially entertaining premise."[38] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 49 out of 100 based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "Mixed or average reviews".[39]Every episode of Season 1 as of December 2016 has recieved at least 8.3/10 on IMDb.[40]

The second season is faring better than the first, with very good reviews of the initial episodes.[41]

Awards and nominations

Year Awards show Nomination(s) Categories Result(s) Source(s)
2016 Teen Choice Awards Tom Ellis Choice TV: Breakout Star Nominated [42]
Lucifer Choice TV: Breakout Show Nominated


On May 28, 2015, the American Family Association (AFA) website One Million Moms launched a petition to prevent the show's airing.[43] The petition says the new series "will glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh."[44] It posted the petition on that date and 31,312 had signed the petition by the series' premiere date.[45] The petition on the main AFA website, posted the same date, garnered 134,331 signatures by the premiere date.[46][47] In response to the petition, character creator Neil Gaiman commented on his Tumblr page: "Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the "Concerned Mothers of America" announced that they were boycotting The Sandman because it contained lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans characters. It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a trans-woman in a comic book... They told us they were organizing a boycott of The Sandman, which they would only stop if we wrote to the American Family Association and promised to reform. I wonder if they noticed it didn't work last time, either..."[48] Despite the AFA's actions, Fox renewed the series in April 2016 for a second season.[49]

See also


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