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The Magicians 

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After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real-and more dangerous than they ever imagined.
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...  Quentin Coldwater / ... 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Julia Wicker 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Eliot Waugh 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  William 'Penny' Adiyodi 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Margo Hanson 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Alice Quinn 38 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Kady Orloff-Diaz / ... 31 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Fen 22 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Dean Fogg 21 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Tick Pickwick 19 episodes, 2017-2018
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After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real and more dangerous than they ever imagined. But will getting hooked on the thrill of magic distract them from honing their powers when they need them most?

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16 December 2015 (USA)  »

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Excellent show worth watching! It might not turn out to be how you expected it from the description though
25 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

So to start off I will say to you this: This series is amazing.

I am a huge Harry Potter fan, or a fantasy fan in general, and so I was really excited to hear of a series in which adolescents discover having magical powers. I expected to see a kind of rip-off from Harry Potter, but not that I really cared much about that, because I am a fan of the genre in general.

But what the show actually was like, blew me away. You expect some cliché main characters with standard personalities, some basic struggling with magic, some discovering the magical world through little quests and so on. Although it may seem at first this show gives you this, and it maybe does at first, it actually gives you so much more.

It touches so many topics, that not even relate to magic at all. They just use the magic to bind the story together. It is actually an adult show (would not advise watching it with younger children), trying to bring to you a story of a group of misfits that happen to all have magical powers. But it could have been a series without the magic as well and still be good. It's actually a very intelligent show, making a lot of references to other works of fictions. Every time you think you know what will happen, they surprise you by adding a new element to the show.

I know many people call it an adult, dark and gritty Harry Potter adaptation, and I cannot say that they are wrong. It actually is just that. But they way the story weaves everything together. I don't know, I think it's just very refreshing to see that the writers didn't restrain themselves on using real world problems and implementing these into a show that's actually about magic (not reality). It doesn't feel in any way forced and the pace of the show is really good. I have been watching this series and never had one moment thinking that it was getting boring. There are a few episodes that I just think are magnificent, but up to you to decide which are, because that's pretty subjective.

I would not say this series is a perfect 10/10. But in its genre and just for being so creative and different it is really a must to see.

The special effects AND the acting are both incredible for a series this "small". To start up a show with a very small fan base, almost from scratch and ending up with a quality product like this, from episode 1 already, gives me the feeling that this show will bloom to get even more awesome than it is already. I think season 2 is even better than season 1, so if you are having your doubts after season 1, I think it's worth a try to keep on watching and see how you feel about the second season.

All I can say is that if you're a fan of the fantasy genre and you're not easily scared by the ugly side of the magic, this is has to be on your watch list. Just don't expect it so be a sort of comedy show of a group of magicians just wizarding through the world.


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