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The Magicians is a fantasy television series that premiered on Syfy and Showcase on December 16, 2015, as a special preview. The rest of the series premiered on January 25, 2016. It is based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman. Michael London, Janice Williams, John McNamara, and Sera Gamble serve as executive producers.
A 13-episode order was placed for the first season in May 2015. In February 2016, the series was renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes, which aired between January 25 and April 19, 2017. In April 2017, the series was renewed for a third season of 13 episodes, which premiered on January 10, 2018. In February 2018, the series was renewed for a fourth season of 13 episodes, which is set to premiere in 2019.
The Magicians (2009 Book)
The Magicians is a new adult fantasy novel by the American author Lev Grossman, published in 2009 by Viking Press. It tells the story of Quentin Coldwater, a young man who discovers and attends a college of magic in New York. The novel received critical acclaim, and was followed by The Magician King in 2011 and 2014's The Magician's Land. The novels have been adapted as the television series that currently airs on Syfy.
The Magician King (2011 Book)
The Magician King is a new adult fantasy novel by Lev Grossman, published in 2011 by Viking Press, the sequel to The Magicians. It continues the story of Quentin Coldwater, interweaving it with the story of his high school crush, Julia, who learned magic outside of the standard school setting and joined him in Fillory.
The Magician's Land (2014 Book)
The Magician's Land is a new adult fantasy novel by Lev Grossman, published in 2014 by Viking Adult, the second sequel to The Magicians. It continues the story of outcast magician Quentin Coldwater, interweaving it with the story of several of his friends who are questing to save the magical realm of Fillory.
The Magicians TV Series
Quentin Coldwater enrolls at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy to be trained as a magician, where he discovers that the magical world from his favorite childhood books is real and poses a danger to humanity. Meanwhile, the life of his childhood friend Julia is derailed when she is denied entry, and she searches for magic elsewhere.
The TV series ages the characters up to graduate school students and compresses the Brakebills degree to 3 years. Most of the events detailed in the novel, the Antarctic trip for instance, appear to happen in Quentin's first year at Brakebills with years in the novel being roughly condensed into semesters in the TV show. Jane Chatwin is involved earlier and more heavily, and Quentin is more formally diagnosed with depression.
The Syfy TV series is written by John McNamara and Sera Gamble, and produced by Michael London and Janice Williams. The pilot episode was directed by Mike Cahill, and the cast includes Jason Ralph as Quentin, Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice, Hale Appleman as Eliot, Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson (renamed from Janet in the novel), Arjun Gupta as Penny, Stella Maeve as Julia, and Rick Worthy as Henry Fogg.
- Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a graduate student. He enrolls at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy to be trained as a magician. A lifelong fan of the Fillory and Further book series, he discovers that the stories in the books are in fact based in truth and pose a danger to his world.
- Stella Maeve as Julia Wicker, Quentin's childhood friend, an Ivy League student who is not admitted to Brakebills, and is recruited by a secret magical society.
- Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice Quinn, a magician and Quentin's love interest whose parents are magicians and who comes from a neglected home life.
- Arjun Gupta as William "Penny" Adiyodi, Quentin's roommate and peer, deliberately intimidating and edgy.
- Jade Tailor as Kady Orloff-Diaz (season 2–; recurring season 1), a tough, rebellious and sexy Brakebills student who attracts Penny's attention in and out of the classroom. After she flees Brakebills, she joins a group of magicians led by Richard and befriends Julia.
- Hale Appleman as Eliot Waugh, a student at Brakebills and senior to Quentin. He is a heavy drinker and frustrating ally to Quentin.
- Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson, equivalent to Janet from the novels. Her name was changed to avoid confusion with other names beginning with "J".
- Trevor Einhorn as Josh Hoberman (season 3; recurring season 2; guest season 1), a former Brakebills student who was one of the members of a group that went missing.
- Brittany Curran as Fen (season 3; recurring season 2), Eliot's Fillorian wife
- Madeleine Arthur as Fray (season 3), presented as Eliot and Fen's grown daughter by the Fairy Queen
- Rick Worthy as Dean Henry Fogg (season 2–; recurring season 1), the Dean of Brakebills magic school.
"The Magicians" Season 1 (2015-2016)
The first season of The Magicians was released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The release included all 13 episodes, as well as multiple special features, including Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, The World of The Magicians, and UltraViolet Digital Copies. The first season was made available to stream on Netflix on December 26, 2016.
Episode #1: "Unauthorized Magic" Dec. 16, 2015
Quentin and Julia are invited to a test of their magical skills. Quentin passes and is accepted to Brakebills University. Julia fails the test and they attempt to wipe her memory about Brakebills and the test, but she manages to leave herself a clue to remember. Refusing to accept that she cannot learn magic, she is later contacted by Pete, who offers to teach her. In his dreams, Quentin meets Jane Chatwin from the "Fillory and Further" novels, who warns him about the Beast and leaves him with a sigil burned into his hand. Alice recognizes the sigil and sees it as an opportunity to know how her brother died. She and Quentin, together with Penny and Kady try to contact her dead brother, Charlie. Instead they accidentally summon the Beast who appears in the school the next day, attacking a teacher and the dean.
#2 "The Source of Magic" - January 25, 2016
Professor Pearl investigates the Beast incident at Brakebills and Quentin, Alice, Penny, and Kady face disciplinary action for their involvement in the Beast's attack. But Eliza, who is called in as specialist, lets them go on probation. Julia meets Marina when she has to pass a test to join the hedge witches. Kady is secretly working for Marina.
#3 "Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting"
February 1, 2016
Alice and Quentin find out that her brother, Charlie, was consumed by magic and turned into a niffin five years ago. When they find him, he acts differently and Quentin binds him. Devastated about what happened to her brother, Alice leaves Brakebills. Julia struggles to balance learning magic with maintaining her previous life. Eliot searches for the book that Kady stole for Marina, which leads him and Quentin to Marina's hedge witches safe house, where Quentin finds and confronts Julia. Penny, after being assigned incorrectly to the psychic discipline, discovers he is a "Traveler," who has the ability to travel between worlds.
#4 "The World in the Walls" - February 8, 2016
Quentin wakes up in the mental hospital he admitted himself to in the first episode, where his memories of Brakebills and magic are treated as delusions. It is revealed that Julia and Marina made Quentin's elaborate hallucination, and the only way to get him out involves summoning a demon bug. Dean Fogg lowers the Brakebills school's security spell, allowing Marina and Julia to sneak in, where they steal Marina's memories of her time at Brakebills before she was expelled. Quentin, with the help of Penny and his visions of Jane Chatwin, is able to escape the hallucination. Marina, after being reunited with her memories, cuts off Julia from her hedge witch safe house because Julia tried to help Dean Fogg save Quentin.
#5 "Mendings, Major and Minor" - Feb. 15, 2016
Quentin visits home after finding out that his father has been diagnosed with brain cancer. He struggles with accepting that magic cannot save his father, and eventually opens up to his father about magic. After being cut off by Marina, Julia tries to find other hedge witch safe houses in New York with the help of Pete, but nobody else has nearly as many spells. Marina erases James' memory of Julia to prevent her from telling him about magic. Alice returns to Brakebills and Eliot and Margo try to use her connections to get a mentor. Penny practices astral projection and discovers a woman, Victoria, chained in a dungeon by the Beast. Based on the crest on the doors, Quentin surmises that Penny has traveled to Fillory.
#6 "Impractical Applications" - Feb. 22, 2016
The first-years must pass a set of challenges called "the trials" devised by the third years. While doing the trials, Quentin and Penny reconcile, Alice and Quentin share secrets and Kady confesses the truth that she is using Penny. As each of the first years passes the trials, they each turn into a goose. Meanwhile, in an attempt to steal spells from Marina, Julia teams up with an older hedge witch who also has connections with Marina. The older hedge witch turns out to be Kady's mother and dies in the process of stealing the cabinet of spells from Marina's safe house. Kady had been working for Marina in payment of a debt related to her mother. Kady does not know yet that her mother died.
#7 "The Mayakovsky Circumstance"
February 29, 2016
While in the form of geese, Quentin and his peers fly to Brakebills South Antarctica to study with Professor Mayakovsky, who puts them through several challenges. Eliot and Margo prepare to travel to Ibiza, and with the help of newly-met Todd and Mike, summon a Djinn as a gift for the organizers of the party. When Eliot starts sleeping with Mike, he chooses to stay behind and Todd goes with Margo. Julia's sister picks her up from the police station following the death of Kady's mother, and insists on helping Julia to avoid their mother from knowing what happened. Mayakovsky engineers Alice and Quentin into a relationship. He also tells Kady that her mother died and she is no longer welcome at Brakebills, encouraging her to immediately leave and not to go back to the main school lest they take her memories of her time at the school.
#8 "The Strangled Heart" - March 7, 2016
Eliot and Mike grow closer, while Quentin and Alice spend time apart to make assessments about their feelings for each other. Mike, while attacking Quentin, stabs Penny with a cursed blade. Recognizing a similar event in the Fillory and Further books, Quentin and Alice are able to save him. Mike pretends to remember nothing until Eliza confronts him, at which point he recognizes her as Jane Chatwin and kills her. He also attempts to attack Dean Fogg but before doing so he is killed by Eliot. In rehab, Julia meets a counselor named Richard who was trained at Brakebills and introduces her to religious magic.
#9 "The Writing Room" - March 14, 2016
Quentin discovers that Penny destroyed the manuscript given to him by Eliza in the first episode. Penny relates that it is a book about Fillory written by Jane Chatwin and not by Christopher Plover, in which Jane wanted to clarify the discrepancies. Quentin, Penny, Alice, and Eliot travel to the Plover estate to search for the button which according to Jane in the book is the key to the door to Fillory. They find that the mansion is haunted by the ghosts of Plover's housekeeper's children, whom Plover's sister had drugged and killed to prevent them from disturbing Plover's work. Quentin discovers that Plover was learning magic and was molesting Martin Chatwin. Plover disappeared, rather than dying, leading Quentin to believe that he is the Beast. The four of them find the button with the children's corpses. Meanwhile, Julia helps Richard by entering the mind of a paralyzed mute woman.
#10 "Homecoming" - March 21, 2016
Penny has been trapped in the Neitherlands, the space between other worlds. He contacts Quentin and discovers that, while it's only been 6 hours for him, it's been 6 weeks back on Earth. To help Penny, Alice and Quentin travel to her parents' house to ask for help from a family friend, who is also a Traveler. Penny meets a librarian in the Neitherlands who gives him information about how to fight the Beast. Quentin and Alice must resolve relationship issues to be able to cast a beacon spell which will help Penny find his way back to Earth. Eliot and Margo discover that an ex-boyfriend of hers had constructed a living Golem in her image. Julia hosts other magicians whom she knows through Richard, including Kady. Julia and Kady together learn some spells before joining their friends on a project, and then Richard explains to them that they are trying to summon a god to provide them with enough magical power to rewrite the past.
#11 "Remedial Battle Magic" - March 28, 2016
Quentin, Alice, Penny, Eliot and Margo use probability magic to determine their best chance to kill the beast and survive; the only option that doesn't end in all of them dead is for them to travel to Fillory to kill the Beast. Because of time constraints, they prepare by learning the dangerous battle magic used by hedge witches. The Beast is driving Penny and other Travelers insane, leading some of them to kill themselves, including Penny's mentor Stanley. Penny uses drugs to try blocking out the Beast's voice, leading to an overdose. Professor Pearl Sunderland helps him shut the voices out. Mastering the battle spells leaves Quentin, Eliot, and Margo emotionally high and disoriented. Quentin has sex with Margo and Eliot, and when he wakes up he finds Alice at the foot of the bed. Kady and Julia search for clues to help them summon a god, and someone visits Julia in her dreams.
#12 "Thirty-Nine Graves" - April 4, 2016
Alice and Quentin fight following his infidelity, and she sleeps with Penny as revenge. Quentin, Alice, Penny, Eliot, and Margo travel to the Neitherlands, where they are ambushed and Quentin falls back to Earth. The others hide in the Neitherland's library, until Eliot burns a book and gets them kicked out. They find Josh Hoberman, one of the missing class students from Brakebills. Two years ago, he and a classmate - a Traveler named Victoria - led their class to Fillory. Meanwhile on Earth, Quentin talks to Dean Fogg, who reveals that Eliza is Jane Chatwin. She had been using an enchanted watch, given to her by a god named Ember, to create a time loop so she can try different methods of killing the Beast. After 39 failures, in which Quentin always died, she changed the starting circumstances by having Julia rejected from Brakebills so that she would learn magic by herself. Quentin reconciles with Julia to tell her the truth. Together, they find their way into Fillory by traveling back to 1942 and following young Jane Chatwin through a door to Fillory.
#13 "Have You Brought Me Little Cakes"
April 11, 2016
Travelling to Fillory, Julia and Quentin discover they've been followed by Martin Chatwin, whom they promise to help find Jane. They commission a blade to help them kill the Beast, and meet the Watcherwoman, a future Jane Chatwin. She says her farewell to them and helps them go back to the present time. As they arrive at the present time, Quentin and Julia receive the enchanted letter and map leading to Penny, Eliot and Margo. They get the blade, but Eliot has to marry the blade maker's daughter, as he was revealed via a second magic blade to be the future High King. Quentin and Julia look for Ember, who can give them enough power to hold the blade. Ember unlocks Julia's memories, revealing that she and her friends, instead of summoning a god, had been tricked to summon a trickster god called Reynard the Fox, who raped Julia and killed her friends. After, she asked Marina's help to erase and alter her memories of the incident. Penny, Alice, Eliot and Margo rescued the Beast's prisoners, Victoria and Christopher Plover, who reveal that the Beast is Martin Chatwin. Josh and Victoria leave the group and return to Earth, while the rest travel to the source of Fillory's magic, to ambush the Beast. There, the Beast overpowers them. Julia gets the blade from Alice, and holds the empowered knife to the Beast's throat. Julia makes a deal with the Beast to kill Reynard, and they leave, with Quentin the only one left standing.
"The Magicians" Season 2 (2017)
Episode #1: "Knight of Crowns" Jan. 25, 2017
Quentin flees the wellspring seeking help and comes across a witch in a gingerbread house, who agrees to help at the cost of a vial of his blood. Alice emerges from the witches cottage, explaining that she still has the power of a god, and has already patched up her companions. They discover the Beast has drained the wellspring. Penny uses a magic river to restore his injured hands, but offends the keeper of the river who curses them. The companions meet the Knight of Crowns, Eliot and Quentin are crowned Kings and Alice and Margo Queens of Fillory, but they soon discover the kingdom is in a severe state of decline.
#2 "Hotel Spa Potions" - February 1, 2017
Quentin, Alice, Penny and Margo seek a new weapon. Eliot struggles with being king. Julia and The Beast find an unexpected ally.
#3 "Divine Elimination" - February 8, 2017
Quentin and friends prepare to face The Beast again, while Julia conspires with The Beast and their new ally to lure and trap Reynard.
#4 "The Flying Forest" - February 15, 2017
Quentin and Penny embark upon a quest. Margo works on a way to help Eliot. Julia seeks out an old friend's help.
#5 "Cheat Day" - February 22, 2017
Life without magic proves difficult for Quentin. Julia deals with upsetting news. Eliot and Margo are faced with a new threat in Fillory. Penny returns to old stomping grounds.
#6 "The Cock Barrens" - March 1, 2017
Quentin teams up with Alice's dad. Margo uses her powers of diplomacy while Penny tries to save a kidnapped Fillory. Banishing Renard comes with some surprises.
#7 "Plan B" - March 8, 2017
Julia and Kady enlist Quentin, Margo, Eliot and Penny for a magical heist.
#8 "Word as Bond" - March 15, 2017
Julia, Kady, Penny and Quentin set out to find another spawn of Reynard as Kady struggles to reveal to Julia the consequences of her recent procedure. Quentin reluctantly enlists the help of Alice's Niffin to save the Brakebills gang by creating a word as bond spell with her...but quickly regrets it once realizing its true motives. With a war waging between Fillory and Loria and an unconscious High King Eliot, Julia takes matters into her own hands which puts Fillory, and Margo, in a difficult situation.
#9 "Lesser Evils" - March 22, 2017
Dean Fogg and Professor Lipson attempt to rid Quentin of Alice's Niffin but he refuses to let Alice go. Meanwhile, with magic fading in Fillory, Eliot agrees to a risky duel with King Idri of Loria, in lieu of a war, in the hopes that it will gain the respect of the Fillorians in the process. Julia, Penny and Kady locate Reynard's son in an effort to lure Reynard to them. In the process, Julia uses Quentin in a way that shocks everyone involved, including herself.
#10 "The Girl Who Told Time" - March 29, 2017
The Royal Court of Fillory prepares for Eliot's nuptials as he endeavors to win over the Fillorians with the extravagant event. Penny begins his contractual obligations to the Neitherlands Library as Kady searches for any information about god killing. Quentin experiences a mind-bending vision while on a drug-laced trip that sends him and Julia on a mysterious quest.
#11 "The Rattening" - April 5, 2017
Quentin and Julia travel to the Underworld. Margo must deal with the fallout of her past decisions. Senator Gaines learns of his gift. Penny is determined to enter the Poison Room.
#12 "Ramifications" - April 12, 2017
Alice and her shade are reassembled. Julia and Kady are determined to draw out Reynard. Elliot and Quentin are determined to return back to Fillory. Penny searches for a book.
#13 "It Begins" - April 19, 2017
Ember wants to destroy Fillory because it got boring. Margo gets the helps of the fairies and bakes cakes which attract Ember. Meanwhile Umber is tricked to Fillory, where he is killed by Ember. Quentin kills Ember. But killing a god has consequences. The parents of the gods close all magic down in all worlds, leaving them all without magic, except for gods and other higher-level magical creatures. At the end, the fairies are invading Fillory.
"The Magicians" Season 3 (2018)
In April 2017, the series was renewed for a third season of 13 episodes to premiere in 2018.
Episode #1: "The Tales of the Seven Keys"
January 10, 2018
After the magic shutdown after the events from the last season, the characters must go on a quest in order to restore magic. Quentin tries to find someone who can bring magic back; Julia explores her small, but significant gift; Eliot and Margo struggle under the hostile fairy occupation; Kady searches for a way to heal Penny.
#2 "Heroes and Morons" - January 17, 2018
Eliot travels to a faraway place in search of a special object; Alice runs from a monster; Quentin, Kady and Josh continue the desperate search for magic; Penny's condition worsens.
#3 "The Losses of Magic" - January 24, 2018
Alice and visit her parents; Kady and Julia explore new methods to heal Penny.
#4 "Be the Penny" - January 31, 2018
As Eliot is hunted, Quentin and Julia discover a powerful secret tied to the history of Brakebills.
#5 "A Life in the Day" - February 7, 2018
Julia helps Alice navigate a personal crisis; Quentin and Eliot go on an adventure.
#6 "Do You Like Teeth?" - February 14, 2018
Quentin faces his most formidable foe yet as Julia helps Alice with a dangerous endeavor.
#7 "Poached Eggs" - February 21, 2018
Margo makes a bold stand against the Fairy Queen. Quentin and Penny try to retrieve a lost item.
#8 "Six Short Stories About Magic"
February 28, 2018
Julia and Fen investigate a dangerous group of Magicians as Eliot and Margo's reign is challenged.
#9 "All That Josh" - March 7, 2018
Quentin, Kady and Alice try to convince an old friend to return home.
#10 "The Art Of The Deal" - March 14, 2018
Quentin and Alice search the castle for an important object while Julia and Fen work with an enemy.
#11 "Twenty-Three" - March 21, 2018
The group strategizes as Josh and Julia travel to a familiar place and are given a chance to help.
#12 "The Fillorian Candidate" - March 28, 2018
The political situation in Fillory comes to a head. Julia makes amends and Alice makes a confession.
#13 "Will You Play With Me?" - April 4, 2018
The group finds what they're looking for and attempt once and for all to get magic back.
"The Magicians" Season 4 (2019)
The series was renewed for a fourth season of 13 episodes, which is set to premiere in 2019.
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