“Lucifer” will be returning from whence he came, but not before one last season.
Just on the heels of the series’ fourth season premiere at Netflix, the streaming service announced that it will return for a fifth, and final, season. The news comes a mere two days after the cancellation of “The Ranch.”
“We are so incredibly thankful to Netflix for resurrecting our show last season, and now letting us finish the story of ‘Lucifer’ on our terms,” ‘Lucifer’ showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson said in the announcement. “Most importantly, we want to thank the fans for their incredible passion and support. The best is yet to come!”
The “urban fantasy series,” as it has been described, has had something of a complicated history. It began airing on FOX in 2016, where it was immediately met with middling critical reception. Over time, that reception gradually became warmer, but viewership fell off; by the end of its third season, it was averaging a 1.4 Live+7 rating in adults 18-49, with about 5 million viewers per episode.
This led to FOX cancelling the show, and, in turn, Netflix renewing it. Because the streaming colossus does not release its viewership data, it is difficult to tell how well the series is performing. “Lucifer” was, however, reportedly among the top 10 most viewed in the UK (according to what Netflix has shared there).
The series follows its titular character, Lucifer Morningstar (based on the iteration featured in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman”), the devil himself, who is troubled by the ennui of being the Lord of Hell. Choosing to resign, he heads out to Los Angeles, where he runs a nightclub called “Lux.” There, he becomes entangled with Detective Chloe Decker and the LAPD, ultimately ending up serving as a case consultant for the police department. The Duke of Hell is played by Tom Ellis, while Decker is portrayed by Lauren German.
With this announcement, “Lucifer” will conclude its fifth season having aired a sizable 77 episodes.