“Magic City” makes me wish that I still had Starz. The new show is filled with yiddishkeit and Jewish gangsters in 1950s Miami Beach. Sounds like a good time.
Rather than glance over its main characters’ religion, the drama intersperses Jewish culture heavily throughout the series, departing from the nebbish neurotics popularized in sitcoms like “Seinfeld” and “Friends.” The series follows hunky power players in dark suits (and sometimes yarmulkes), more Tony Soprano than Larry David.
While covering up a murder, the sleek hotelier Isaac Evans, called Ike, the protagonist played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, plans his daughter’s bat mitzvah, an affair that includes the 13-year-old drifting down a winding staircase engulfed in pink dry-ice fumes. A gold Star of David stands out against the tanned chest of Stevie Evans, Ike’s oversexed son. And late at night Ike asks Stevie to help him protect a friend from Ben Diamond’s wrath. “Now?” Stevie asks. “No, next Shavuot,” Ike says, sarcastically referring to the Jewish holiday.