The Magicians: Season 1

The Magicians: Season 1

The Magicians: Season 1

A group of friends in their twenties happen upon Brakebills University, a secret institution specialising in magic, in this fantasy series. 

2015USA
FantasyHorror
EPISODE 1.1

Unauthorized Magic

A group of twentysomethings studying magic in New York discover a real-life fantasy world that poses a great threat to humanity in this drama adapted from Lev Grossman’s book series.

EPISODE 1.2

The Source of Magic

The Brakebills students struggle to deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe that befalls the university. Back in Brooklyn, Julia makes her first foray into the mysterious world of Hedge Witches.

EPISODE 1.3

Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting

Alice ends up risking everything to discover the truth behind her brother's disappearance. Quentin and Julia are involved in a volatile reunion.

EPISODE 1.4

The World in the Walls

Quentin panics when he wakes up in a mental hospital. Meanwhile, upset over her fight with Quentin, Julia commits herself to learning more powerful spells.

EPISODE 1.5

Mendings, Major and Minor

The students each deal with a personal matter that keeps them from focusing on the upcoming Welter's Tournament.

EPISODE 1.6

Impractical Applications

The first-year students face something called "The Trials," a series of unconventional and emotional tests, which result in expulsion from Brakebills for those who fail.

EPISODE 1.7

The Mayakovsky Circumstance

An uncompromising professor pushes boundaries both in magic and in the personal lives of his first-year students. Meanwhile, Julia must decide whether she's ready to accept help and what that means for her future as... MORE a Magician.

EPISODE 1.8

The Strangled Heart

Brakebills is thrown into chaos when Penny is violently attacked by someone who was considered a friend. Quentin tries to find a connection to the Beast. Julia considers giving up magic for good after entering... MORE a rehab facility.

EPISODE 1.9

The Writing Room

Quentin, Alice, Eliot, and Penny travel to England in search of a missing magic button. Julia searches for real meaning in her magic.

EPISODE 1.10

Homecoming

Penny travels to the world of The Neitherlands, and Quentin and Alice work together to save him. Julia joins an eclectic group of magicians.

EPISODE 1.11

Remedial Battle Magic

Quentin and the others learn battle magic and prepare for a showdown in Fillory. Julia and Kady take on a mission with the Free Traders.

EPISODE 1.12

Thirty-Nine Graves

The students wake up to foggy memories and regret after a night of drinking; Penny reminds everyone that their lives depend on getting to The Neitherlands.

EPISODE 1.13

Have You Brought Me Little Cakes

Quentin and Julia arrive in Fillory and try to catch up with the group, who are more than 70 years ahead of them, in the search for The Beast.

The Magicians: Season 1 / Reviews

IGN

IGN

The ensemble is well-cast and the writing isn't heavy-handed, and the special effects are effective when we see them.

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Variety

Variety

An over-reliance on mechanically contrived incident hinders the show's ability to create the kind of emotional intensity and intelligently wrought suspense that were the hallmarks of the novels.

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New York Post

New York Post

The spirit of this dark-natured series is intact.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The show is different enough in its details that from moment to moment you can forget how derivative it is.

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We Got This Covered

We Got This Covered

Its divergence from genre tropes comes soon enough as to be promising.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Harry Potter meets Gossip Girl...

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Balanced unevenly between world building and story building.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The Magicians provided enough evidence that it has enough talent and ambition to keep the surprises coming.

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