A Discovery of Witches: Season 1 (2018)

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A Discovery of Witches

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A Discovery of Witches smartly grounds its flights of fancy with a lived-in authenticity and harnesses the chemistry between its two star-crossed leads to make for a promising foray into the occult.

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Critic Ratings: 33

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

In Oxford's library, American historian and reluctant witch Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up an ancient magical manuscript, and finds herself confronted by geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont, who is determined to get his hands on the book.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2018

Blind to the interest she has stirred amongst creatures, Diana fights an increasing pull towards the magical and turns her back on her witch heritage; matters take an unexpectedly dark turn when Satu is sent by Peter Knox to intimidate her.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2018

Domenico takes Satu's information to menacing vampire Gerbert, who gains the advantage he has been waiting for; Diana refuses to help Knox realize his longing to destroy the vampires and answers his threats with a force of untamed elemental power.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2018

Matthew's hope of keeping Diana safe is short-lived as Ysabeau refuses to welcome the warmblood; Knox calls an emergency meeting of the Congregation to denounce Matthew; Matthew's ferocious brother, Baldwin, plays a careful game to maintain control.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2018

Gillian pays a price for her disloyalty to Diana; the vampires study witch DNA; the fall-out threatens the fragile equilibrium between creatures and the focus is on ending Matthew and Diana's relationship, whatever the cost.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2018

Satu brutally tortures Diana in Gerbert's isolated castle ruins; Matthew, now sworn to hunt down and kill anyone who tries to harm Diana, attempts a daring airborne rescue mission with Baldwin in tow.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2018

Diana learns the tragic circumstances surrounding why she was spellbound as a child; Diana's devastation at having lived her life as only half herself is interrupted by the Madison house releasing one of the missing pages from Ashmole 782.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2018

Matthew's attempt to rescue Diana from Juliette goes horribly wrong; Diana discovers just how lethal her powers can be; as Matthew is dying, Diana must strike a dreadful bargain with the goddess and make the ultimate sacrificial pact.

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Cast & Crew

Matthew Goode
Matthew Clairmont

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Teresa Palmer
Diana Bishop

Actor
Alex Kingston
Sarah Bishop

Actor
Valarie Pettiford
Emily Mather

Actor
Elarica Johnson
Juliette Durand

Actor
Trevor Eve
Gerbert D'Aurillac

Actor
Owen Teale
Peter Knox

Actor
Greg McHugh
Hamish Osborne

Actor
Tanya Moodie
Agatha Wilson

Actor
Louise Brealey
Gillian Chamberlain

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Malin Buska
Satu Järvinen

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  • 17h ago
    I'm just hoping season 3 is not the last. There is so much more to explore and more adventures to live. I'd be sad to see it go. I really enjoyed A discovery of Witches and hope we get more of that excellent show.
  • Oct 10, 2021
    The main character's naivete wears thin. Choosing not to engage with your culture is one thing but being completely oblivious is another. It makes her seem vapid. The writing is annoying. This is as bad as twilight.
  • Jul 11, 2021
    A Discovery of witches was so close to landing on Great but fell slightly short. However I have high hopes for season 2... *Warning, Slight Spoilers* This show feels like a mix of Harry Potter, Game of throwns, and Outlander! The three man paranormal speciaes in the show are Witches, Vampires, and Deamons. However the way deamon's are an allagory for tortured geniussis and mental ilness leave something lacking! The Dark Academia Aestetic is cool but needs to be turned up a notch and the same with the special effects on some of Diana's Witch powers which I hope will look cooler next season! Trevor Eve is at his villinous best as the big bad, a vampire named Gerbert D'Aurillac who "rumor has it, has kept a witch in his thrall for centuries!" However I just wish he haden't lost so much weight, I personally thought he looked way-sexier when he had a little meat on his bones! GOT fan's will also recognise Owen Teale who Played Ser Alliser Throne as The Warlock Peter Knox and Diana Bishop's main adversary on the witches councile! Doctor who fan's will aprciate the fact that one of Diana's aunt's is played by Alex Kingson aka River Song! Who it seems has exchanged the sonic screwdriver the doctor gave her, for a book of spells! I also love that she lives on a farm in upstate NY, It would be nice if the show actually filmed there, but I wont hold it against them! It takes awaile for time travle to enter into the show, and it leave Mathew and Dianah on a clif hanger! Which gives me high hopes for season 2 I definately reccomend this to anyone who loves dark supernatural dramas and showes about magic and time travel! 4 out of 5
  • May 15, 2021
    Predictable, full of tropes and utterly stupid. It's sad not even metascores like rotten tomatoes can be trusted anymore. God, this was awful. Good camera work and location spotting but the script must have been written by a 10yo.
  • May 02, 2021
    Well Written and couldn't wait til next episode. I wish I could see season 2 on DIsh but everything went to streaming.
  • Apr 25, 2021
    Totally in love with it!!
  • Apr 19, 2021
    If you are into fantasy this is a must. I love both seasons and had to buy the last book to get to know how it finishes:-)
  • Apr 16, 2021
    I thoroughly enjoyed the books, but I am not impressed with the tv show. I understand that some things are gained and lost in adaptation, but they have lost way too much this time. They spent so much time fleshing out the minor characters that they barely developed the major characters. Especially Matthew and Diana. I had no idea that there were any feelings between the two until they came out of nowhere near the end of the first season. And casting...Baldwin looked nothing like a fierce warrior who moved into finance, in fact he and Hamish were almost twins. And Ysabeau? She looked more like an English matron than a French model. And what the heck was she doing to that animal? Did the guy who wrote the screenplay even look at the book? Any way, I hope they try again in a few years and do a better job.
  • Apr 08, 2021
    I'd read the book before watching. The series nicely captures the soul of the book though part of me hope to see some more scenes like the yoga one
  • Mar 22, 2021
    Enjoyed parts of this show, it build an interesting world and had a good plot.In the next season, hopefully the characters will show off their powers more. Also the romance between the main characters does get a bit tiresome at times.

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