The Magicians: Season 1 Reviews

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January 24, 2019
Despite its uneven writing and poor treatment of some of its female characters, The Magicians still succeeds in one of its central aims: dismantling the tropes of the fantasy genre and reconfiguring them in ways that are innovative and contemporary.
January 23, 2019
The Magicians excels at pairing the absurd with an earnest sincerity in a way no other series does. Don't sleep on it.
August 24, 2018
This season has made a quiet but interesting argument for Julia as the true central character, which delighted those of us who read the books and came to the same conclusion.
July 31, 2018
The Magicians simply isn't bringing us anything new.
June 25, 2018
Indeed, it's when the television The Magicians goes off the rails and becomes experimental that we see the potential it has.
May 2, 2018
The Magicians ends up being quite entertaining... [Full review in Spanish]
August 10, 2017
The Magicians may have neither the special effects nor the star power of higher-profile adaptations, yet it maintains its source material's essential core: its themes of fantasy as escapism, and the inability of fantasies come true to provide true escape.
June 28, 2017
The pilot ends with one hell of a cliffhanger that seems to make a major departure from the novels, so those who finish the episode will be likely to stick around for at least one more.
December 28, 2016
Part of the fun of the series is how it challenges the idealized portraits of young heroes in fantasy literature with characters plagued by the same bad decisions, hormonally-charged emotions, and selfishness and pettiness of any college kid...
February 12, 2016
The quality of the show's source material lays a solid foundation for the series to contrast well-worn concepts with a more adult treatment of these themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2016
It's safe to say, book readers or otherwise, it's going to be hard to guess where the show is going. It looks like it might be a fun ride though, and I'll absolutely be tuning in again next week.
January 26, 2016
This was far from a smooth introduction, but it was worthwhile enough to keep me intrigued for future episodes.
January 26, 2016
The Magicians takes real world twentysomething issues and throw some serious magic in the mix.
January 26, 2016
The Magicians provided enough evidence that it has enough talent and ambition to keep the surprises coming.
January 26, 2016
It remains a fascinating world, one that's full of creative vsuals and well-acted characters. In particular, I'm already interested to see where Julia's flirtation with the dark side of magic leads her.
January 26, 2016
Adapting a fantasy novel that some people will call a ripoff can't be an easy thing, but [the producers have] done such a good job with the pilot as to make it seem effortless.
January 25, 2016
So far, it holds enough tricks - and more of an adult edge - to be intriguing.
January 25, 2016
The first two episodes are solid, giving us the glimpse of the potential for the series to develop into something thrilling, dark and entertaining.
January 25, 2016
Harry Potter meets Gossip Girl in The Magicians, Syfy's new adaptation of a Lev Grossman trilogy, and it's a good match.
January 25, 2016
In terms of establishing a world and getting the plot going, the show's first episodes are actually pretty promising.
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