A TV series called “Lucifer” isn’t going to sit well with everyone, but this new show from Fox is an entertaining take on the supernatural. Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, for the comic book series “The Sandman” and its spin-off “Lucifer,” written by Mike Carey under DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, it depicts the devil as charming, funny, dangerous and…a little caring. It’s a clever combination that Tom Ellis, as the title character, plays to perfection. He’s so good in the role, it’s hard to take your eyes off him.

The set-up is that Lucifer Morningstar, who candidly goes by his actual name, runs a nightclub in Los Angeles because he is bored with ruling Hell. But, Hell without the devil to run it upsets the natural order and a fierce angel named Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) repeatedly visits Lucifer to warn him that retirement is not an option. In the pilot episode, Delilah, a now famous pop star who used to work for Lucifer at the club, is murdered. He decides to team up with Chloe Dancer (Lauren German), the homicide detective assigned to the case, to find and punish the person responsible. After all, punishment is the devil’s job, right?

Ellis, who played a less literal but similarly charming devil in the series “Rush,” commands every scene he is in and has excellent chemistry with German. Her character is seemingly immune to Lucifer’s “skill set,” which makes their interactions in the first episode work. Only one episode was available for preview, but despite the initial set-up, I don’t expect the series to be case-of-the-week. The storytelling possibilities, including the anger between Lucifer and Amenadiel and the relationship between Lucifer and his bartender/ally Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), a former resident of Hell, are too promising to limit them to a police procedural.

What is also promising and refreshing is that the show, unlike most of the current TV series based on comic books, has a main character that is not a superhero. Lucifer’s “power” is persuasion. He explains to Chloe, who is bemused by his claims, that he has the ability “to draw out people’s forbidden desires.” “The sins,” he tells her, “are on you people.”

So, the idea of free will versus predestination is at play here. The show’s dark humor makes sure it never takes the theme too seriously. Ellis expertly lands his one-liners throughout the first episode, “I’m like walking heroine,” said Ellis, “Very addicting. It never ends well.”

Though many of Lucifer’s interactions with the more “simple” humans, who are easily manipulated to share their darkest thoughts, are laugh-out loud funny.

Depictions of charming and seductive devils are nothing new in popular culture, but the twist here is that Lucifer has feelings. Maze tells him: “Stop caring. You’re the devil.” It’s a funny line and one that sets the tone of the show. What happens when Satan shows a softer side?

“Lucifer” premieres on Monday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.