Alan Sepinwall on Starz’ attempt to capture the Mad Men magic:
As a narrative achievement, though, “Magic City” is a mess, filled with paper-thin characters and clichéd dialogue and storylines. If not for the appealing lead performance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike, large stretches of the series would be unwatchable, even with all the lovely visuals.
I was looking forward to another attempt at a period drama. Everything I had seen made me think this was Casino meets Mad Men, but it doesn’t sound promising.