A Discovery of Witches: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
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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Air date: Apr 7, 2019

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: Apr 14, 2019

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, but matters take an unexpectedly dark turn when Satu is sent by Peter Knox to intimidate her.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2019

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: Apr 28, 2019

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 but Matthew's ferocious brother Baldwin plays a careful game to maintain control.

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Air date: May 5, 2019

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: May 12, 2019

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: May 19, 2019

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: May 26, 2019

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

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As Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the secrets of the ancient manuscript, their relationship develops, and events threaten to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between witches, vampires, daemons and humans.

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Critic Reviews for A Discovery of Witches Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

It has its own parlance, its stunning vistas of rural French hills and yachts covered in polished teak, and its central story of forbidden love, defined by a dynamic that I can only describe as "sexy-sexy sex."

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The on-location shots of beautiful ancient buildings and bridges, of the shimmering River Thames and tranquil Venetian canals, really do sweep the viewer into another world, casting a spell more powerful than any witch's incantation.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

If historical fantasy is your thing then I imagine you're in heaven. Or hell, or wherever it is a historical fantasist most wants to be.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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"A Discovery of Witches"... simply feels too derivative and generic to be especially interesting.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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There's a lot of talk of magic and prophecies but very little action. Everyone just stands around looking consternated while delivering their lines in breathy hushed tones. The grey colour palette only adds to the gloom.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The series does a fantastic job of setting its scene, introducing us to this world. It takes its time, it crafts interactions between its main characters in a way that doesn't feel forced or rushed.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Those of you who aren't nimble enough to find all of the good stuff on streaming services outside Netflix and Hulu can feast your eyes on the fiery relationship between a witch and vampire.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's the little moments when A Discovery of Witches relaxes its self-seriousness - to indulge a joke, or enthusiastically juice its pulpy story - that really get the blood pumping.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The show holds some promise of fun escapism though... Goode steals the show with an excellent final act where his ability to both charm and terrify is in full force.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

From its bold writing and lush cinematography to its production value, A Discovery of Witches is a solid installment in the gothic horror genre.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It gets off to a solid start, and the promise of time-travel in the subsequent books is intriguing for the upcoming Seasons 2 and 3. Given its many charms, it just may be the next show to cast its spell over viewers.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What A Discovery of Witches Season 1 lacks in originality, is bolstered by strong performances from Goode and Palmer.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Discovery of Witches: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    To my mind, it is cool, but it is too much romanticism in the show
  • Oct 18, 2020
    A very good adaptation from the amazing book series by Deborah Harkness
  • Oct 18, 2020
    i really liked it overall...original theme...i really like Theresa Palmer...hoping to see a new season soon
  • Aug 12, 2020
    One of the worst and most useless series I've seen so far. Absolute garbage from Europe.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    I enjoyed this show, very entertaining.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    We were not previously familiar with the source material, "A Discovery of Witches" is the first book of the "All Souls" trilogy by Deborah Harkness, so had no expectations of what should or would happen. What drew us to the series was the summary of the series and it had Matthew Goode ("Leap Year", "Downton Abbey", "The Imitation Game") and Lindsay Duncan ("Marple", "Merlin", "Absolutely Fabulous") in the cast. Warner Bros. first acquired the rights to this story back in 2011, and despite the success they may have had with bringing the "Harry Potter" book to the big screen, I'm afraid that without the talent of someone like Steve Kloves, too much of this book would have gotten lost which would have diminished the impact this series has. I would say the first two episodes were spent giving us the basic details and expanding on them a little deeper so we have a better than normal understanding of the main characters, the current relationship that exists between vampires and witches, and some background on the book that has been missing for centur ies until Diana Bishop (a witch who has not embraced her powers) requests it from the Oxford University library as an aid in her research on alchemy. The book is known as "Ashmole 782" and once word has gotten round that Ms. Bishop is the only one that can seemingly summon the book, a frenzy among the witches and vampires to get their hands on the book is started...especially amongst the more powerful. I think it was by the end of the 3rd episode or possibly part-way through the 4th when we realized how much we hated this series...hated it because it drew us in and we were hooked. No doubt about it...there is magic on the screen and it's not just from the Visual Effects Department. The chemistry between the characters "Matthew Clairmont" (Matthew Goode) and "Diana Bishop" (Teresa Palmer) is electrifying and you can just feel it jump off the screen. Each episode has been intelligently written, the direction has been thoughtful, and the acting brought it all together by bringing their characters to life. There is another aspect to this production that has been instrumental to the overall feel of the series which are the locations where filming occurred. According to Wikipedia, before "A Discovery of Witches" had finished broadcasting completely, Sky One had already renewed it for a second and third series. Can't wait!
  • May 15, 2020
    This has become one of my favorite tv shows. I watched the show first and then went and read all the books just to know what was going to happen. So no need to read the books to enjoy it. I love that the female protagonist is a young professional who has achieved so much for her age. The romance is enchanting and the cinematography is beautiful. I am eagerly waiting for Season 2 and I will probably re watch season 1 again before watching Season 2. If you are anxiously waiting for the 2nd season as I am, I would recommend you watch Sanditon. The protagonists on that show are very similar to the protagonists here, minus the supernatural of course. Happy watching!
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Who would DARE give this show less than 5 stars? I would pay Sundance $1,000 a year just to be able to watch this. It's the best thing on TV right now (April 2020); better than anything on Netflix, Showtime, Amazon, HBO, Starz or anywhere else! I loved it so much I bought the books and the DVD of the show. Cannot wait for Seasons 2, 3 and more!
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Feast your eyes on the fiery relationship between a witch and vampire. Diana Bishop is a scholar and an unwilling witch, while studying at the Bodleian Library she discovers a lost manuscript. Ashmole 782 is wrapped in mystery and invites chaos into Diana's life. Soon she is surrounded by creatures; daemons, witches and vampires who all want Ashmole 782 for themselves. Diana finds an unlikely confidant in Matthew Clairmont, a doctor, researcher and vampire. She is totally unsure but something says she should trust him, and together the journey starts into the world of All Souls. 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.
  • Apr 23, 2020
    Watched all 8 episodes at once. I found the TV show captivating and interesting. The production is very decent, beautiful scenery and actors did a great job. Their play was fascinating. It was so nice to watch. Looking forward to the second season!

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