The final season of the supernatural detective series Lucifer will be made available in two eight-episode drops on Netflix, Deadline reported earlier today. This fifth season of the show will be its last, and at 77 total episodes, Lucifer stands as one of Netflix’s longest-running programs.
Based on the graphic novel characters developed by Neil Gaiman, Lucifer follows the story of the titular Devil, played by Tom Ellis who abandons hell for Los Angeles, working as a consultant for the LAPD and assisting Detective Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German. The show has gained a significant fan base over the years, as was made apparent when the show was initially cancelled by Fox in May of 2018 before moving to Netflix. After the show’s cancellation announcement, Lucifer became the top trending topic online worldwide, and it was this support that convinced Warner Bros. to find a new home for the show on Netflix. This story of a show being saved by fan support online may be familiar to fans of shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and One Day at a Time, both of which were cancelled and then subsequently picked up by new networks due to massive online support.
However, despite finding a new home on Netflix, Lucifer was not entirely spared, as the fifth season of the show will be its last. This news should not come as a surprise, considering that Netflix has been cancelling some of its most popular shows before the third season, including The OA, Tuca & Bertie, and even the aforementioned One Day at a Time. These actions on Netflix’s part are supposedly informed by viewership data gathered by the streamer, though Netflix has been known in the past for its lack of transparency in regards to its data and algorithms.
The final season of Lucifer will be made available on Netflix in two eight-episode installments, an increase from the initial season order. The premiere date for the season has not yet been announced.