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The Magicians

The Magicians

Syfy 2015

Brakebills University is a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Magicians

The Magicians - S4E13

#1 - No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry


Season 4 - Episode 13

Quentin and Josh get cake; Quentin reflects on his actions.

The episode was rated from 895 votes.

The Magicians - S5E13

#2 - Fillory and Further


Season 5 - Episode 13

Christmas comes early.

The episode was rated from 483 votes.

The Magicians - S3E9

#3 - All That Josh


Season 3 - Episode 9

Quentin, Kady and Alice try to convince an old friend to return home.

The episode was rated from 1360 votes.

The Magicians - S3E13

#4 - Will You Play with Me?


Season 3 - Episode 13

The group finds what they’re looking for and attempt once and for all to get magic back.

The episode was rated from 1272 votes.

The Magicians - S3E12

#5 - The Fillorian Candidate


Season 3 - Episode 12

The political situation in Fillory comes to a head. Julia makes amends and Alice makes a confession.

The episode was rated from 1233 votes.

The Magicians - S2E13
#6 - We Have Brought You Little Cakes
Season 2 - Episode 13

Quentin, Eliot, Julia and Margo enact a risky plan to protect Fillory; Penny questions fate, and Kady makes a deal to help him.

The episode was rated from 2570 votes.
The Magicians - S3E5
#7 - A Life in the Day
Season 3 - Episode 5

Julia helps Alice navigate a personal crisis; Quentin and Eliot go on an adventure.

The episode was rated from 1457 votes.
The Magicians - S5E6
#8 - Oops!...I Did It Again
Season 5 - Episode 6

Margo and Eliot have a bad day.

The episode was rated from 537 votes.
The Magicians - S4E12
#9 - The Secret Sea
Season 4 - Episode 12

Quentin yells at a plant. Margo stares at a fish.

The episode was rated from 847 votes.
The Magicians - S4E10
#10 - All That Hard, Glossy Armor
Season 4 - Episode 10

Margo hits her step count.

The episode was rated from 842 votes.

Last updated: jul 28, 2021



is pretty bad for a new tv series


This show... was a personal favorite of mine. It got me through my own quests, so to speak... lol I will be mourning the loss of the show.... I've been fully committed to this show for 5 years, and I won't disagree the plot kinda got unfocused, somewhere too early into the series.... but I've loved all the characters and each of their stories since day 1! I can't pick just one, including all the weird Fillorians ^_^


I couldn't get enough of the books but this first episode was incredibly off-putting. I was really disappointed. I will check out the second episode but I don't have high hopes.


This is one of those shows that got better as it went along. I just finished watching the third season and I'm itching for more. The series started off kind of average, it had enough to keep me watching but it was lacking. There was way too many sex scenes that I felt just served as filler. The actors hadn't gotten into the characters yet and it really showed. I also felt the writing was a little all over the place in terms of quality but it improved by season two. By season three, each episode had me wanting the next. The characters have "character" and there's no holding back to make the show "family friendly" like most other fantasy series. I might try and pick up the novel to hold me over till the next season airs as I've heard it's a bit different and I'm interested.


Something from a subsidiary of a subsidiary of ABC, The Magicians. Yay. Can’t quite pinpoint the target demographic, definitely not ‘adult over 18’. Seems to be somewhere between grade school level and early high-school. While it airs on the SyFy network, it would be more at home as a member of The CW stable of forgettable tweenster titles. If a production targeted at that age range, and, the term ‘Very-CW’ sounds appealing, you’ll love it… ;-)


This may have been my favorite show I ever watched in my whole life. If anyone knows of a show that is similar to this one is let me know, I have not been able to find anything like it and I'm going through withdrawals....BAD


I love it! Fantastic! I'm so excited To season 2!


This is a show I've watched 4 and 1/3 episodes of. I stopped 20 minutes into the 5th episodes because I realized I just didn't really care. I often think about shows that seem to be hindered by their network. It's what makes the CW all but unwatchable to me. With Syfy, I feel like you can feel the "nerdgasm" someone has in getting to create their "Harry Potter BUT FOR ADULTS!" show, that seems like a shallow nerd conception of the word "adult." Maybe it will help to describe in context with other Syfy shows. You can watch "Dark Matter" and think, "it's not Firefly, but the creators clearly loved Firefly and even tried to recycle an outfit." You can look at "The Expanse" and feel like it's a less epic "Battlestar Galactica" with a story line feeling complicated and hurried more than *necessarily* progressing. Maybe the term I'm looking for is "overwrought." When a show starts to feel gimmicky, even fairly adequate actors start to feel hokey. The drama is supposed to come from your investment in them, not the "fantastic magical scenario!" meant to invigorate you like it might a child. Different cliches take over instead of someone's portrayal naturally playing into a mystique. "The wise old crazy-looking mentor" or course comes in to train the pupil who doesn't want his help but can't control his powers. A story told a million times, but with better dialogue and camerawork. The brainiac who shoots too high and gets burned. The aloof sort of overseer/guide. The seemingly authoritarian and know-how principal, yet this one never seems to find his teeth. It could develop into something cool. The hedge witches with this outlaw style and shitty behavior could do more than pop in and out stealing things and being a marginal nuisance, but I don't think the show will think that deeply about them. Relationships could exist for more than two 3 minutes shots of intimacy before blowing up as if we're really that invested already or understand some complex array of discussions had off screen. The main character who never seems to have a personality unless it's being directed or fucked with by someone else around him gets exhausting looking for opportunities to really root for him. This feels like another attempt at "capitalize on the fervor." Adults are loud and proud about how they grew up with Harry Potter, so make a magic show! And if you're particularly or easily entertained by magic-looking effects and immerse yourself in superficial lore, you'll probably love this show. If you watch too much tv and are thinking about how to spend another 45 minutes of your time, all the biting, cringy, increasingly loud tv-esc problems that come with a 6-7/10 type show start to wear on you when you don't really care about magic-stuff in particular. If there's Harry vs Voldemort on one end and vampires vs wolves on the other, this lies somewhere between in how much you're going to care when one of the characters "get caught up in something SUPER DANGEROUS." To its credit, it does try to layer in different character's problems on top of a general threat and it doesn't leave anyone too far behind. It's just...not all there for me.


Beyond its absurd storylines, tongue in cheek writing and teen drama. I'm addicted to this show. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone because I think it's a love it or want to kill yourself show and I don't want any blood on my hands.


_==[Note: This review is being written prior to the release of Season 4, for anyone who comes across it in the future. I don't know how the series will go from here, but this is my thoughts as of the end of Season 3.]==_ Until recently, _Buffy_ had always topped my list of favourite shows. It was clever, fun, and maintained its plot well from episode to episode. I'm glad, though, that TV and movies seem to be growing as time goes on, able to talk about dark themes and being even more serial in nature. So, when I came across _The Magicians_ (and also _American Gods_, which I really hope pays off its potential), it quickly found its way into being my favourite show (well, maybe next to _Kamen Rider_ but that's extremely niche). Not afraid to broach some truly dark subject matter ([spoiler]child molestation, rape, intense violence[/spoiler]), while still maintaining the whimsy and charm that is common with the genre (a la _Buffy_). I was, and am, thoroughly impressed by the series. As the series has gone on, the characters have become more likeable (particularly given that most of them start out as self-centered douchebags, but with enough character that it can be seen that there's really more to them than that). Even minor characters like Fen and Josh have thoughtful character arcs. ==(Spoilers ahead, but kept mostly vague, for a more detailed exploration of why I love the series.)== The series can be a bit juvenile at time (plenty of sexualized jokes, such as the need to... imbibe a God's "bestowal", aka semen, to gain power), but I find it's handled reaasonably, though not necessarily tastefully. Still, I've never been one to mind a joke made in bad taste. On the flip side, it wholly delves into truly dark subject matter, not shying away from depicting a graphic rape (with literally all everything it can manage to do without nudity or actual depictions of sex), or making the audience sit through a truly uncomfortable build up to a boy being molested. And the audience should be uncomfortable, these are uncomfortable topics, and the audience should be forced to feel even a fraction of the pain that the people in these sorts of situations have to feel, so that we can begin to empathize with how horrible they are. Also, a later storyline sees a character rewarded and praised for accepting bestiality, due to the consideration that the animals involved are capable of speech, and thus intelligence and consent. I love this because the show doesn't just write off something complicated as 'taboo' and call it gross, it genuinely considers **_why_** something should be considered wrong, and doesn't demonize something just for being 'distasteful' by social standards. I wholly agree that while I'd never go "horse riding" myself, it's not really my place to decide it's wrong if the horse can give consent. ==(Spoilers ended.)== The show has its flaws and cracks, but ultimately, nothing is flawless, but I say perfection is subjective; and this is as close to perfect, for me, as I've ever seen a show get.

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