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Luke Cage: Why it's more than just a superhero show

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While we’d hate to saddle Marvel’s Luke Cage (which premieres on Netflix Friday) with some heavy political message, it’s hard not to while watching it because the very timely series taps into feelings sparked by recent, tragic news reports. The show stars Mike Colter as Luke Cage, a bulletproof superhero living in Harlem following the events of last year’s Jessica Jones

In this clip from the latest episode of Bingeworthy, hosts Touré and Jessica Shaw discuss their shared love of Netflix’s latest superhero series. Part of the show’s appeal, they say, is how moving it is to see a bulletproof black man in a hoodie on television given current racial tension in the country over police brutality. “To see this beautiful, intelligent, powerful bullet-stopping black man killing it in Harlem, I mean, it fills me with joy,” says Touré. 

Airing on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN)Bingeworthy is a smart, humorous review of what’s good and what’s bad on television. Each episode features the two TV-obssessed hosts debating and diving into everything you need to know about the most important shows on television in a cozy bar in downtown Manhattan. By the end of their enlightening conversation, they’ll answer the ultimate question on every fan’s mind: Is it bingeworthy? 

See Bingeworthy’s take on Luke Cage above and watch the full episode of Bingeworthy on People/Entertainment Weekly Network. It’s free! Available on connected and mobile devices or just download the PEN app on your iOS or Android. Watch now at people.com/pen.

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