The Magicians Season 1
The Magicians season 1 started airing on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Get a brief email if and when the next season is announced. Make sure to come back to episode.guide where we’ll have season recap and discussion.
List of Episodes
most recent episode S1E13 Have You Brought Me Little Cakes
The season consists of 13 episodes.
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Based upon Lev Grossman's best-selling books, The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthdox 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.
Quentin is accepted and joins a kind of co-ed frat of flamboyant students. Stella is rejected and joins a reckless group of rogue magicians (where she finds just how deadly magic can be). Pursuing magic independently, they both discover that the “Fillory” adventures were based in truth, only tamed and <...> - via Stream On Demand [Season 1]
My hope is that, despite its basic-cable raciness and teen-movie moments, the show is ultimately able to recreate what really made me love the novels to begin with: the characters’ friendships, the way Brakebills and Fillory provide both self-aware meta-fantasy commentary and mysterious worlds of their own, and, <...> - via Slate [Heather Schwedel]
McNamara is a strong, charming writer who faltered last year with Aquarius, another show that aped the strong violent and sexual content of premium TV without including much of the substance behind it. The Magicians is a better and more promising show. Perhaps once the exposition is disposed of, it’ll pick up speed <...> - per The Atlantic [David Sims]
Summer Bishil is a a fan favorite and standout performer in the Syfy and Showcase series The Magicians. Of course anyone who saw her work in Alan Ball’s edgy film Towelhead (in which Bishil played the lead as a teenager herself but portrayed an even younger character), would know that Bishil possesses a strong <...> - according to Brief Take - Interview [Charles Trapunski]
Showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble evoke both sides, though Monday’s busy pilot (crammed with setting reveals and visual effects) leads to a sluggish second hour trading the thrill of discovery for downbeat foreboding. Yet the purpose-seeking characters emerge so starkly — Jason Ralph’s disturbed new <...> - via Newsday [Diane Werts]