The Magicians Reviews & Ratings

Wednesdays, 9:00 PM ET on Syfy

60 minutes

The Magicians, produced by Universal Cable Productions, follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses grave danger to humanity.
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Dec 18, 2015 10:22PM EST
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A promising start but not for everybody. This is a show for fantasy lovers, science-y people who don't mind bending the laws of physics for some good fun. Since I have to wait until January for episode 2, I decided to read the book and I already know that the original characters are a little younger than on the TV show. I, for one, am digging the more mature version of a magic world. I'll keep watching should the book turns out to be good.

A promising start but not for everybody. This is a show for fantasy lovers, science-y people who don't mind bending the laws of physics for some good fun. Since I have to wait until January for episode 2, I decided to read the book and I already know that the original characters are a little younger than on the TV show. I, for one, am digging the more mature version of a magic world. I'll keep watching should the book turns out to be good.

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by Ivsteal
Dec 26, 2015 5:29AM EST
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This show looks promising...

This show looks promising...

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Jun 24, 2016 4:37PM EDT
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"What if Hogwarts was based in America, and was a Graduate School?" This show has an interesting premise, but the sadly pilot wasn't very interesting. I found the male lead to be extremely self-centered and unlikable, and no one else was much better. There's talk about "learning" magic, but we don't see any teaching or learning going on. One positive note -- the times that people do magic, the effects are visually interesting.

I recommend giving it a chance -- you might like it. I plan to watch a few more episodes to see if it gets better; just wish it had gotten off to a stronger start. I *want* to like it, but I'm not there yet.

=== UPDATE ===

So...I did give the show another chance, and I found it worthwhile. (Actually, I binge-watched it after the season ended.)

The characters remain unlikable - most are resentful, selfish, and entirely self-absorbed. The main character is still a boring, depressing dud.

And yet...

The story is compelling. The characters' motivations make sense; you may not like them, but you can understand them.

In this universe, the key to power is knowledge. To use magic, you must study and understand it. It's less "magic" and more "applied physics". And the fuel for magic seems to be ... pain. Yes, this show is dark.

And yet...

Looking forward to Season 2.

"What if Hogwarts was based in America, and was a Graduate School?" This show has an interesting premise, but the sadly pilot wasn't very interesting. I found the male lead to be extremely self-centered and unlikable, and no one else was much better. There's talk about "learning" magic, but we don't see any teaching or learning going on. One positive note -- the times that people do magic, the effects are visually interesting.

I recommend giving it a chance -- you might like it. I plan to watch a few more episodes to see if it gets better; just wish it had gotten off to a stronger start. I *want* to like it, but I'm not there yet.

=== UPDATE ===

So...I did give the show another chance, and I found it worthwhile. (Actually, I binge-watched it after the season ended.)

The characters remain unlikable - most are resentful, selfish, and entirely self-absorbed. The main character is still a boring, depressing dud.

And yet...

The story is compelling. The characters' motivations make sense; you may not like them, but you can understand them.

In this universe, the key to power is knowledge. To use magic, you must study and understand it. It's less "magic" and more "applied physics". And the fuel for magic seems to be ... pain. Yes, this show is dark.

And yet...

Looking forward to Season 2.

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by asleom
May 28, 2016 4:23PM EDT
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Outstanding fantasy model. Good writing and intriguing story line.

Outstanding fantasy model. Good writing and intriguing story line.

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Feb 16, 2016 9:24AM EST
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This is one of the least cheesiest shows involving Magic and the like. It separates the real world from a fantasy one in a way that connects both...and doesn't overdo anything. The underlying themes are more real than you'd expect i.e. sanity and humanity.

This is one of the least cheesiest shows involving Magic and the like. It separates the real world from a fantasy one in a way that connects both...and doesn't overdo anything. The underlying themes are more real than you'd expect i.e. sanity and humanity.

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Apr 14, 2016 12:01PM EDT
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Harry Potter with added weirdness and sex, sounds good? I thought so too! And after the first season I do like the show, however not as much as I'd hoped to like it. There are some really interesting characters, pretty good acting and the plot is captivating and intriguing. I find the way they do the magic a bit pathetic though and there are characters that annoy the crap out of me. We'll have to see where season 2 goes.

Harry Potter with added weirdness and sex, sounds good? I thought so too! And after the first season I do like the show, however not as much as I'd hoped to like it. There are some really interesting characters, pretty good acting and the plot is captivating and intriguing. I find the way they do the magic a bit pathetic though and there are characters that annoy the crap out of me. We'll have to see where season 2 goes.

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by ZRostom
Feb 1, 2016 1:50PM EST
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Pretty good start, awesome visuals and lovable characters not to mention a great cast of young actors, can't wait to see what happens next!

Pretty good start, awesome visuals and lovable characters not to mention a great cast of young actors, can't wait to see what happens next!

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by poio
Dec 17, 2015 4:11PM EST
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With the lack of anything fantasy-related comng out and Dresden Files never coming back I will take it, or at least I will not judge until I see a few more episodes, as the pilot left us with a cliffhanger that might sway things one way or the other for the whole series. So far I wouldn't say it's terrible, although I could ask for fewer "pretty teens". Kind of feels like "The 100" did back in S1, but that show got really 20-times better afterwards, so this might as well. Here's hoping for the best.

With the lack of anything fantasy-related comng out and Dresden Files never coming back I will take it, or at least I will not judge until I see a few more episodes, as the pilot left us with a cliffhanger that might sway things one way or the other for the whole series. So far I wouldn't say it's terrible, although I could ask for fewer "pretty teens". Kind of feels like "The 100" did back in S1, but that show got really 20-times better afterwards, so this might as well. Here's hoping for the best.

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Jul 17, 2018 10:46AM EDT
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This took forever to get into. The beginning of the show just feels like its never going to go anywhere but let me say this show doesn't mess around.. Episode 10 is its turn. It gets real dark real quick and ramps up very unexpectedly. I enjoyed the final 3 episodes to exit season 1 and i believe the payoff is worth it.

It wasn't enough to continue to hold my interest and time. Gave up S2E4

This took forever to get into. The beginning of the show just feels like its never going to go anywhere but let me say this show doesn't mess around.. Episode 10 is its turn. It gets real dark real quick and ramps up very unexpectedly. I enjoyed the final 3 episodes to exit season 1 and i believe the payoff is worth it.

It wasn't enough to continue to hold my interest and time. Gave up S2E4

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by Moniie
Mar 29, 2018 8:33PM EDT
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This is a fantasy show about ppl learning how to use magic. It can be quite dark but its also funny. They use very nice effects when the magic is displayed ( well in my opinion anyway)

This is a fantasy show about ppl learning how to use magic. It can be quite dark but its also funny. They use very nice effects when the magic is displayed ( well in my opinion anyway)