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Magic City: Season 1 (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Ambitious and filled with vivid period details, Magic City is unfortunately plagued by a lagging pace and shortage of quality writing.

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This evocative cable drama chronicles life in and around the Miramar Playa, a luxury hotel in Miami Beach circa 1959, where manager Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) contends with celebrity guests; politicians and bigwigs; shady characters; and a local mob boss who has designs on taking over the establishment. In the series opener, Ike's future hinges on the success of his hotel's New Year's Eve concert, and to ensure that things go well, he enlists the help of mobster Ben "The Butcher" Diamond (Danny Huston), whose price may prove to be dangerously high to Ike and his family. Meanwhile, Ike's two sons, Stevie (Steven Strait) and Danny (Christian Cooke), have chosen wildly divergent paths. Stevie is in danger of being seduced by the heady rush of the criminal life, while legal eagle Danny hitches his wagon to the State's Attorney's office. Season 1 examines how Ike tries to keep control of the Miramar Playa...by any means necessary.

Cast

Olga Kurylenko
as Vera Evans
Christian Cooke
as Danny Evans
Steven Strait
as Steve Evans
Danny Huston
as Ben 'The Butcher' Diamond
Jessica Marais
as Lily Diamond
Kelly Lynch
as Meg Bannock
Yul Vázquez
as Victor Lazaro
Dominik García-Lorido
as Mercedes Lazaro
Elena Satine
as Judi Silver
Alex Rocco
as Arthur Evans
Matt Ross
as Jack Klein
Michael Rispoli
as Bel Jaffe
Taylor Blackwell
as Lauren Evans
James Caan
as Sy Berman
Esai Morales
as Carlos Ruiz
Sherilyn Fenn
as Madame Renee
Jamie Harris
as Nicky Grillo
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Critic Reviews for Magic City: Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (22)

Magic City strives for the clever period panache of Mad Men, but it's really just so much secondhand smoke.

September 16, 2013 | Full Review…

There is plenty of nudity as well as adult language and sex, but it all feels genuinely organic to the world of the show.

March 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Sleepy, listless, dull. But it has a great set; the beach and clouds on the horizon are alluring.

March 30, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The setting is so seductive, the period details so vivid and the acting so stellar, that it's as intoxicating as a potent mojito.

March 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The sordid ugliness that festers inside Magic City's voluptuously beautiful wrappings makes irresistible television.

March 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Slow? Yeah, maybe, like a good late-'50s lounge ballad. Once you click into the rhythm, you won't even think about it.

March 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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