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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: 61 out of 118
  2. Negative: 26 out of 118
  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. Nov 22, 2016
    9
    Finally I can give my full opinion on Marvel's Luke Cage.

    Luke Cage is one of the most socially relevant tv shows airing today. Especially
    Finally I can give my full opinion on Marvel's Luke Cage.

    Luke Cage is one of the most socially relevant tv shows airing today. Especially today when racial tensions between cops and black skinned males is ever so present throughout.

    I think my favorite aspect about the show had to be the beautiful setting of Harlem. You feel the city. The show drags you in and presents itself, in this beautiful yet corrupt and damaged community where crime is present throughout, where history, art, music and culture is present and alive throughout this magnificent realization of such an astonishing historical urban environment. All of this is enhanced by some breath taking cinematography and easily one of the best, and most memorable, soundtracks of the whole Marvel Extended Universe.

    But at the heart, yes, this is a superhero story about Luke Cage, and boy, it is one hell of a wild ride. The acting is amazing and all the supporting cast give such great full on performances. And the villain, another win for Neflicks, a truly sensational character, Cottonmouth, who brings fear, intimidation and just pure character to ever seen he is in.

    Many have complained about the last act of the show, from reviews I have read here on metacritic and from over review outlets. But I, personally, found myself completely on-board and engaged until the very end. I love it, honestly, I think Marvel's Luke Cage is probably my second favorite Marvel Netflick's show with the first season of Daredevil being my all time favoruite.

    I am very much looking forward to seeing more of the character and cannot wait for Marvel's Iron Fist.

    If you are a fan of Blaxploitation cinema and or 90s hard-core hassle cinema and basically just Marvel Television in general you owe it to yourself to check out Marvel's Luke Cage.

    My only real complaints tend to be that, much like many of the other Netflix shows, it gets a little slow near the middle point of the show.

    I really recommend taking your time with the show instead of just binge watching it. I think a lot of these Marvel Netflix's show are better watched in small doses apposed to a full on binge session, for it really allows you to kinda just grow and appreciate the show a lot more.

    Id give Luke Cage a solid 9/10
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  3. Oct 10, 2016
    8
    Loved the storyline and the minority representation finally present in the MCU, however I found this series to be the weakest of all the MCULoved the storyline and the minority representation finally present in the MCU, however I found this series to be the weakest of all the MCU tv series. Mike Colter just didn't embody the character of Luke Cage like Krysten Ritter did justice to her character in Jessica Jones. Also, the fight scenes were laughably terrible, awkward and lazy. Luke pretty much just slaps, pushes or punches all his assailants in the lamest manner possible . Overall, it is a decent superhero tv series. Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2017
    7
    Another successful superhero show from Marvel/Netflix, anyone that has enjoyed Daredevil and Jessica Jones, will undoubtedly enjoy Luke Cage.Another successful superhero show from Marvel/Netflix, anyone that has enjoyed Daredevil and Jessica Jones, will undoubtedly enjoy Luke Cage. Personally I found Luke’s initial reluctance to fight during the opening episodes a little frustrating (why waste the time when we know he’ll fight at some point?) but otherwise this delivers the same entertaining blend of character drama and action that fans have come to expect from these shows. Expand
  5. Oct 16, 2016
    5
    Disappointing. Daredevil and Jessica Jones were excellent, but this series is very slow and at times even boring. The villain of the shows isDisappointing. Daredevil and Jessica Jones were excellent, but this series is very slow and at times even boring. The villain of the shows is so 2 dimensional and any action scenes are stripped of excitement due to Luke Cage being invincible. Constant gun fights with no risk of injury was fun at first but becomes dull over and over again. It slaps of lazy writing and quick rush to release a new Marvel series on the success of JJ. 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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