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TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Lucifer TV Poster Image
Comic adaptation is dark but has a charming antihero.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Assumes good vs. evil, a version of hell, angels.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lucifer is more hedonistic than evil.


Threats, fights, shootings, murders, bloody corpses.


Strong sexual innuendo, suggestive dancing. Crude references to genitalia.


"Hell," "crap," "bitch," "piss," "dick."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Hard liquor, cocktails; cigarette smoking. References to drug use, dealing. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lucifer, a crime drama based on the DC Comics character of the same name, features a world that believes in the existence of hell, angels, and other light and dark entities. There’s also lots of strong innuendo and drinking, dicey language ("crap," "bitch," "piss," "dick"), cigarette smoking, and drug-related themes. Violence is common, and there are lots of shootings and bloody wounds. Fans of the comic-book story will want to tune in, but it’s best suited for older teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byliliaeth September 5, 2017

This show has surprisingly good rolemodels, for a show about the devil

Fans of the comic might hesitate, since the series diverts a lot from the comic it's based upon. Lucifer has a strong cast, with many well written femal... Continue reading
Adult Written byNarlaBerries2000 W. February 15, 2018

I love it!!!

It got a lot of violence in and a couple of unsuitable scenes but other than that I think it one of the best series in 2018!
Teen, 15 years old Written byMagical Boy January 30, 2016

Not as bad as you might think.

Only one episode of this show has come out at the time I'm writing this review, so forgive me if I leave something out. With that said, there's not mu... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStreetdanseren May 20, 2016

What's the story?

Based on the fictional story written for DC Comics, LUCIFER stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, a proud, handsome fallen angel who fell from grace from the Thrones of Heaven. Feeling trapped as the Lord of Hell, he’s now settled in Los Angeles, where he runs Lux, an upscale nightclub, with the help of demon and best friend Mazikeen, aka Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt). To get what he wants, he uses his ability to get people to confess their deepest, darkest desires. But he soon discovers that his powers don't work on LAPD Detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German), a former Hollywood starlet who is raising her daughter Trixie (Scarlett Esteves) with fellow detective and estranged husband Dan (Kevin Alejandro). While Lucifer convinces Detective Dancer that his skills will help her solve cases, he is threatened by Amenadiel (DB Woodside), the angel leader of the Thrones of Heaven, who has a personal vendetta against him. It's all very confusing for the Fallen One, but helping him navigate it is therapist Linda Martin (Rachael Harris).

Is it any good?

This dark but charming series uses loosely veiled biblical references, crime, and tongue-in-cheek humor to create a fictional world that blurs the line between good and evil. Tom Ellis' portrayal of the arrogant antihero Lucifer, who claims that he's largely misunderstood, is both captivating and troubled enough to make him extremely likable.  

Fans of the comic-book character will appreciate this on-screen adaptation, but some folks will be disturbed by the overall show's representation of Judeo-Christian-inspired personages. Viewers who aren't bothered by this will find a show with amusing banter and fun plots that almost feel like a guilty pleasure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comics. Did you know that lots of comics are based on myths and beliefs? What makes these stories, and their main characters, so popular? Do all comic-book heroes (and antiheroes) have superpowers? Why?

  • Do comic-book stories (and their heroes) change when they're adapted for TV or film? How so? What are some examples?

TV details

For kids who love action

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