I'd never heard of Luther until this this thread. It's also on Netflix so I'd thought I'd check it out. It's pretty good, but I'm not going to stick with it. The lead actor has charisma, although he's a bit of a scene chewer. But I watched three episodes and the show is just a little too unrealistic for me. I suppose Luther is supposed to be a brilliant cop, but he's always rushing off because -- ala Encyclopedia Brown -- he alone has seized on the (often somewhat gimicky) mystery clue. Then there's the introduction of the super-intelligent psychotic red-head (female) villain who wants to befriend him. It's just skewed a little too high on the implausible side for me. More of an X-files feel than NYPD Blue. It wants to be weighty and hard-hitting but there's a comic book sensibility hidden in there that tips the boat the wrong way. I don't know. Maybe I should get stoned and watch a few more episodes. I think that would help.