Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson had a positive response to a review from the National Catholic Reporter.
The review was first posted to NCR before being shared on Twitter by Henderson. “As someone raised Catholic, and who is very proud of how we examine faith in #Lucifer, I very much enjoyed this and appreciate the deep dive!!” Henderson said.
— Joe Henderson (@Henderson_Joe) November 21, 2020
— tom ellis (@tomellis17) November 22, 2020
Tom Ellis, who portrays Lucifer, also shared his positive reaction to the piece. “It’s always the most satisfying to hear from people of any faith who respond to our show positively. This is probably my favorite article I’ve ever read about #Lucifer,” Ellis said.
The review was written by Tia Noelle Pratt, who praised the way the series “embraced religion and the struggles of faith,” particularly through the titular character. Pratt pointed out that while Lucifer’s despondency over his one-sided relationship with God is something many can relate to, it is Lucifer’s firsthand knowledge of God’s existence that adds to his struggles — whether they be over his punishment, the desire for approval and communication or his destructive coping mechanisms — and leaves him with a pain that is far deeper and greater than humans can comprehend.
Pratt’s review suggests that such storylines make Lucifer more than what it seems; in addition to the police procedurals and the playboy life Lucifer leads, the show explores “the dichotomy between faith and reason told through the lens of a family drama and a love story.”
Lucifer originally aired on Fox, but moved to Netflix after its third season. It stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, Lauren German as Det. Chloe Decker, D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin, Kevin Alejandro as Det. Dan Espinoza, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen Smith and Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez. Season 5, Part 1 is available on Netflix now.