When my dark-fantasy fan friend suggested me to watch Lucifer, I first was reluctant, since I feared a violent and sick show with a cruel and immoral hero. I finally watched, and… how wrong I was, and what a wonderful surprise! I love Lucifer precisely because it is the exact opposite! For a show initially aired on a mainstream public network, it is the most enthralling thing I saw in years. The most brilliant concept and the best idea it was possible to ever have: the devil is good! Yes, you read it right, the devil is not evil, only people see him that way, and the celestial forces (angels, demons, God himself) want him to play this role, but that’s not who he is, and when one thinks about it, even if it’s a bit of a stretch for us Westerners raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition, one realizes that it makes a perfect sense: the devil can’t be evil, since his purpose is to punish evil! Doing it with the genuine kindness we can feel radiating from him makes him an actual righter of wrongs, concerned by the free-will and consent of humans and acutely aware of what is evil and what is only a mistake, what is well-deserved and what is undeserved. This sense of justice, mixed with his supernatural attractiveness and the high opinion of himself that he gets from it, make some kind of adorkable grown-up child, irritating and ill-mannered but terribly endearing, and obviously a rich and complex character. But probably never this sassy scoundrel would have become such an endearing hero if not portrayed by a real awesome actor. Tom Ellis is perfect in this role. Funny, charming, playful, able to scare or to show the most touching vulnerability within a simple look, as talented as he is handsome, with his singular face and dark eyes, he radiates an insane charm, which his delightful accent, his tall slender stature and his chic suits only emphasize. The devil is supposed to be tempting? Well this one definitely is… The blatant chemistry with his partner Lauren German makes the duo Lucifer and Chloe a real delight to watch: starting from bickering to come to a real bond, their relationship is constantly sexy, and when this first season ends, without anyone having seen anything coming, the devil is in love. That’s no coincidence if she makes him vulnerable! Through contact with her, he becomes the human he is inside and didn’t believe he could be. Beyond their police investigations, indeed, and even beyond the conspiracies of angels and supernatural beings behind Lucifer’s back, this is a show about what it is to be human. Yet a show that talks about what it is to be human is a show that moves, of course. we don't just laugh or feast our eyes on sexy scenes: this playful and sexy entertainment manages more than once to bring tears to one’s eyes… And, yes, it’s full of swear words, sex, jokes, puns, cheeky humor and vaudevillian situations, with a nice soundtrack. Sure, the first 2-3 episodes are not entirely satisfying in that they seem to stall regarding whether Lucifer is good or evil, evil turning to good or good mistakenly taken for evil, and the cop-show genre is probably not the most fitting to develop a tale about the devil, but whatever, this mix of biblical stuff and inner struggles of the characters does work! When it first aired, it was frankly a big breath of fresh air in the overly formatted universe of formula shows on public networks!