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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Introduced in Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) gets his own show where he tries to rebuild his life in Harlem. He meets Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) again and deals with nightclub owner Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard),Introduced in Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) gets his own show where he tries to rebuild his life in Harlem. He meets Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) again and deals with nightclub owner Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), a criminal from Luke's past named Shades (Theo Rossi), and a pair of detectives (Simone Missick and Frank Whaley. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Oct 3, 2016
    100
    These shows are character studies. They are methodical and well-orchestrated. Both are a joy to watch and savor.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Sep 29, 2016
    91
    Luke Cage is the result of a meticulous vision, and it should rightfully elevate Coker into the league of television auteurs.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 29, 2016
    88
    Cage is Marvel’s best TV series yet, but more importantly he's the superhero that the world seems to need most right now, mainly because he’s the most real.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Sep 23, 2016
    80
    At times, Luke Cage feels so concerned with urban problems, it's as if Marvel met "The Wire," an impression helped by an excellent cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 30, 2016
    75
    Luke Cage succeeds where so many Marvel ventures have failed in finding a unique, if not perfect, pitch between seeing the hero at its center as an icon for social good and understanding him as a human being, and it's important that the writers don't ignore or sublimate the fact that he's also African American.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Webb Mitovich
    Sep 26, 2016
    75
    Again, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Luke Cage take… their…… time in unspooling a 13-episode story, rarely serving up action scenes just because.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 23, 2016
    60
    Mike Colter as Luke is a physical marvel and an appealing center of moral gravity in a show that all too often telegraphs its plentiful punches and twists. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.16]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 114
  2. Negative: 24 out of 114
  1. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    Best Marvel's performace yet. Haters back off. 10/10 I hate DC's fans come here and rate it 1 or 0 for nothing. It was amazing.. I wish IBest Marvel's performace yet. Haters back off. 10/10 I hate DC's fans come here and rate it 1 or 0 for nothing. It was amazing.. I wish I cound put an 11. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2016
    9
    I've watched it in one weekend. What I love the most about this show is the harlem gangsta style and its characters. Luke Cage is not the mostI've watched it in one weekend. What I love the most about this show is the harlem gangsta style and its characters. Luke Cage is not the most iconic hero ever but all the characters that are in the show are just awesome. I love Mr Stokes, Shades, Pop, Misty, Scarfe.... Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'd like to have given a higher score, but there were a few things that noticeably dragged the show down. Predictability was a pretty big problem while watching the show. Some of the acting, mostly by secondary characters, really dragged some scenes down. The special effects, mostly the explosions, we're pretty bad. They just didn't look like the fit the scenes right and they had a distinct CGI look that's pretty uncommon to see these days. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2017
    7
    I loved this show so much, It was very entertaining and I couldn't get enough of the ideas and story behind it, the problem with the show andI loved this show so much, It was very entertaining and I couldn't get enough of the ideas and story behind it, the problem with the show and the reason It's not a 10/10 for me, a couple actors were very bad and didn't play the part that well, the story was dragged on for so long and I felt that so many incident's could have happened a lot quicker than they did, there were also pointless scenes where random people would die and they didn't really matter that much to the story, I loved the show but theirs problems with it, Iron fist was better. Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2016
    5
    I was really hoping to fall head-over-heels for Luke Cage. Big fan of Daredevil, loved Jessica Jones – and I'm annoyed as hell that the secondI was really hoping to fall head-over-heels for Luke Cage. Big fan of Daredevil, loved Jessica Jones – and I'm annoyed as hell that the second season is still a long way away – and I thought Luke Cage was perfect in the JJ series. I've only watched E1 so hopefully things will improve for me, but the acting is stilted and the writing uneven at best. It's the Marvel Universe so I'm not looking for The Wire, but there's little magic in the dialog and the exposition is heavy handed. I expect pilots to plod a bit but this really leaden. Hoping things pick up.... Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2016
    4
    When this show was released I heard on the radio it broke Netflix. I Decided to watch the first episode. Borring, bad writing, bad acting,When this show was released I heard on the radio it broke Netflix. I Decided to watch the first episode. Borring, bad writing, bad acting, conflicting character standards. Attractive girl walks into the barber shop and ultimately hits on Luke, he throws her number on the floor and appears to show that he is not ready for any sort of relationship then hours later hooks up with someone. Episode 2 attempted to set up a very awkward and extremely tense moment in the barber shop but failed miserably. The acting nor dialogue improved by episode 2 so I came here to read some reviews and I am not alone, this show is bad. The first episode of any show is suppose to draw you in and spark interest, Lukes character almost achieved this but failed to deliver each time. The cast looks solid so it needs a way better script and directing for me to bother with season 2. I wont bother with any other episodes of season 1. I fell asleep after halfway through episode 2. This show is a far cry from a 10 and not a 1 either. It needs help to reach its potential.

    Start over guys you have a good cast and some potentially interesting storylines here. Polish up the writing and Work on the delivery because its lacking badly.
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  7. Jul 7, 2018
    0
    Superhero soap opera weak on the super hero and strong on the soap opera. Season 2 also suffers from PC syndrome where the lead characters areSuperhero soap opera weak on the super hero and strong on the soap opera. Season 2 also suffers from PC syndrome where the lead characters are all strong females in charge and the male characters with the exception of Luke Cage are all emasculated, stupid, or evil, or die. They even portray Luke Cage as a stupid brute with one trick powers. If it was well written this wouldn't be a problem, but it stands out as being completely unrealistic. Seriously, a superhero show where the superhero male is outnumbered by all of the action-oriented females who get far more screen time and development? IT's like Jessica Jones and Iron Fist all over again -- WAY too much screen time devoted to the villains and their family drama and not enough developing THE HERO. It's a bad cop show with Luke Cage inserted every now and then for the name, but it may as well be generic invulnerable black man versus street thugs because other than the names of characters it doesn't resemble Luke Cage at all. Expand

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