Based on
Developed byTom Kapinos
ComposersMarco Beltrami
Dennis Smith
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes35 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducersAlex Katsnelson
Michael Azzolino
Erik Holmberg
Karen Gaviola
Production locationsLos Angeles, California (season 3–present)
Vancouver, British Columbia (seasons 1–2)
CinematographyGlen Keenan
Ryan McMaster
Tico Poulakakis
Stefan von Bjorn
Barry Donlevy
Christian Sebaldt, asc
EditorsMarc Pattavina
Ray Daniels III
Fred Peterson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) –
present (present)

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.

On February 13, 2017, Fox renewed the series for a third season initially of 22 episodes, which premiered on October 2, 2017. However, in March 2017, it was revealed that the final four episodes of the second season would be removed and put in the third season to air, meaning that the third season would consist of 26 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 Los Angeles to become a consultant with the LAPD whilst running his nightclub "Lux".


Main article: List of Lucifer episodes

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] On February 13, 2017, Fox renewed the series for a third season initially of 22 episodes, which premiered on October 2, 2017.[5][6] However, in March 2017, it was revealed that the final four episodes of the second season would be removed and put in the third season to air, meaning that the second season would consist of 18 episodes.[7][8]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
113January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25)April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25)Fox
218September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19)May 29, 2017 (2017-05-29)
324October 2, 2017 (2017-10-02)May 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)
2May 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)[a]
410May 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)Netflix
5168August 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)
8May 28, 2021 (2021-05-28)
610September 10, 2021 (2021-09-10)

Cast and characters


Development and casting

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.[12] Lina Esco was originally cast as Maze (Mazikeen),[23] however, the role was later recast with Lesley-Ann Brandt.[16] Nicholas Gonzalez portrayed Dan in the pilot episode.[24] The series is a "loose adaption" of the original comic-book.[25]

In May 2015, the series was officially picked up for 13 episodes for the 2015–16 season.[26][27] Fox then hired Almost Human alum Joe Henderson as showrunner, with Kapinos remaining on the series in a lesser capacity.[28]

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.[29] The character was promoted to series regular in July 2016.[30] Aimee Garcia had also been cast as a regular in season 2, playing L.A.P.D.'s forensic scientist Ella Lopez.[31]

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".[32]

Filming locations

Although the pilot was shot on location in Los Angeles, the rest of the first season and the entirety of the second were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a relocation to California beginning with the third season,[33]taking advantage of tax incentives provided by the California Film Commission under its "Program 2.0" initiative.[34] ,,


The opening theme is a six-second clip from "Being Evil Has a Price", performed by the band Heavy Young Heathens.[35] In a lawsuit filed against Warner Bros., the song's composers, Robert and Aron Marderosian, claim the song has been used without giving them proper credit or a licensing agreement.[36]

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.[37] Neil Gaiman is a fan of David Bowie, and some of Bowie's music has been used on the show.[38]



Broadcast on the Fox network in the US, and on FX in Australia.[39] The series is also broadcast in New Zealand on the TVNZ1 channel [40]

Home media

The series is available on Amazon Prime in the United Kingdom,[41] and the first season on CraveTV in Canada.[42]



Viewership and ratings per season of Lucifer
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Monday 9:00 pm 13 January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) TBD April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25) TBD 2015–16 62 7.17[43] TBD
2 18 September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19) TBD May 29, 2017 (2017-05-29) TBD 2016–17 85 5.13[44] TBD
3 Monday 8:00 pm 26[45] October 2, 2017 (2017-10-02) TBD TBA TBD 2017–18 TBD 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."[46] 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.[47]

The first season received mixed reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 50% approval rating based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 5.24/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Lucifer's got sex appeal, but the show's hackneyed cop procedural format undermines a potentially entertaining premise."[48] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 49 out of 100, based 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[49]

Critics were more generous of the second season. It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on five reviews, with an average score of 7.75 out of 10.[50] Several critics praised the second season for its atmosphere and Tom Ellis' performance as Lucifer Morningstar. Ed Power of the Telegraph gave the season 2 premiere a 4/5 stating that "It is entirely beguiled by its own preposterousness".[51] Bernard Boo of We Got This Covered gave the premiere 3.5/5 stars saying "Lucifer's second season gets off to a nice start, building on the show's strengths while retaining some of the weaknesses. It remains an unapologetically sordid, demonically fun hour of TV".[52] LaToya Ferguson of the A.V. Club gave it a B, calling the episode funny with "genuinely funny moments to come from" and saying that the premiere "starts the season off on a good note". She praised Tom Ellis' performance calling it "pitch perfect".[53]

Awards and nominations

Year Awards show Nominee(s) Categories Result(s) Source(s)
2016 Teen Choice Awards Tom Ellis Choice TV: Breakout Star Nominated [54]
Lucifer Choice TV: Breakout Show Nominated
2017 Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Television Series Nominated [55]
Dragon Awards Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Series Nominated [56]

Censorship campaign

On May 28, 2015, the American Family Association (AFA) website One Million Moms launched a petition to prevent the show's airing.[57] The petition says the new series "will glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh."[58] It posted the petition on that date and 31,312 had signed the petition by the series' premiere date.[59] The petition on the main AFA website, posted the same date, garnered 134,331 signatures by the premiere date.[60][61] 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..."[62] Fox renewed the series in April 2016 for a second season.[63]

See also


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