Every episode of Syfy’s The Magicians feels like a brand-new TV show. That’s great.
If there’s one thing that unites all of my favorite television shows — and I mean favorite shows, the ones I will go to the mat for every time — it’s a sense of playfulness. My definition of playfulness might differ from yours. I would, for instance, define The Wire — a dead serious show, but one that never tired of finding new angles and perspectives on its stories (or, indeed, finding the humor in any given situation) — as fundamentally playful.