A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?