The Magicians: Season 5 (2019)

Season 5
The Magicians

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Following an uncertain finale, The Magicians recuperates with a fifth season that pushes forward without losing where it came from.



Critic Ratings: 11


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User Ratings: 245

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Air date: Jan 15, 2020

Penny and Julia go stargazing. Eliot and Margo forget a sandwich.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2020

Alice does not buy enough tacos.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2020

Alice and Eliot go for a hike while Fen gets a haircut.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2020

Josh gives Margo some muffin.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2020

Kady punches a dude. Margo misses cocaine. Yawn.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2020

Margo and Eliot have a bad day. Eliot has a bad day.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2020

Todd sings a song. Margo gives a foot bath.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2020

Penny licks an egg. Alice is jealous of a flower.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2020

Quentin eats a quesadilla. Kady and Zelda share a smoke.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2020

Margo learns to project. Josh goes to the spa.

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Cast & Crew

Summer Bishil
Margo Hanson
Arjun Gupta
William "Penny" Adiyodi
Stella Maeve
Julia Wicker
Hale Appleman
Eliot Waugh
Tembi Locke
Dr. London
Jade Tailor
Kady Orloff-Diaz
Jason Ralph
Quentin Coldwater
Brittany Curran
Henry Alonso Myers
Executive Producer
Sera Gamble
Executive Producer
Elie Smolkin
Michael London
Executive Producer
John McNamara
Executive Producer
Janice Williams
Executive Producer
Scott Smith
Executive Producer
Laurie Lieser
Jason Courson
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Critic Reviews for The Magicians Season 5

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

The Magicians is crass and corny; sometimes, it's horrific... Still, it successfully balances the silliness with these mortal stakes because it's filled with characters complex enough to keep viewers invested in the whole, quirky thing.

Apr 9, 2020 | Full Review…

But as both a book and a TV show, The Magicians is less interested in neat tales of good triumphing over evil, and much more interested in the dangers of greed, power and ambition.

May 3, 2021 | Full Review…

If it can find a way to tie together these various mourning, screwed-up heroes, and have them keep battling their way toward the best versions of themselves, there's probably always going to be a good reason to watch The Magicians.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

I'm so grateful to the cast, crew, and creators for giving us a world full of such fun, weirdness, and pain that ultimately showed us that there is a better world possible, if we take our pain and make it something more.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and tough times lie ahead for our favorite characters, but it was without a doubt a satisfying conclusion to an amazing five-year series.

Apr 2, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Based on the evidence, the show is still charming enough, tongue-in-cheek enough, and the cast game enough that I'm willing to stick around to find out.

Jan 27, 2020 | Full Review…

It feels at once like it's moving on from the loss of its central character, but also still feels like the same show I came to love.

Jan 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I think the premiere is fabulous and does its job of setting the tone for the entire season while tying things together from last season.

Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite its dour start, The Magicians is a joy to watch moment to moment, and the canvas feels wide open in a way it hasn't since the show's stellar third season.

Jan 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Does what this show has consistently done well for years: introduce several different threads at once and somehow make it flow.

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Just like grief, Season 5 of The Magicians makes it feel like he could turn up at any moment-in golems, shrouds, and dreams. And, just like grief, it's painful when he doesn't.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magicians: Season 5

  • Mar 12, 2021
    This has to be by far the best the show has ever been. What makes it so go Q is gone home that asshate never comes back. I have a feeling that they are going to mess it up trying to kill the dark king but I hope not of they bring back Q that would really suck. Everyone is so much better off with out him they could have saved the world so mean times if they just killed him off in season one and it was al about Julie she is the best. Really hope they pull a stargate bring back Dr. Nicholas Rush killing him off and bring him back was made that show only last three years please please please never let Q back on the show if you do please make it the Q fro star trek next generation.
  • Feb 07, 2021
    Started off enjoying it, recommended it to others. Now at Season 1, Episode 13, it alternates with violent sex, boring sex, a woman swallowing a jar of semen, a good scene, a bad scene, animal abuse...Not for me anymore. Actors are pretty good, not their fault. I love good writing, good directing, proper cutting and editing. People who give this high reviews tolerate bad writing, bad directing. Again, I liked the acting, and enjoyed the first ten or so episodes.
  • Jan 19, 2021
    all around great show, too bad it was cancelled
  • Jan 17, 2021
    As someone who loves the show, repeat after me: Season four was the last season.
  • Jan 17, 2021
    It's definitely its less interesting season. The music was a bit dull and I didn't get emotional not once..... and I'm pregnant. I love the show, but they butchered it like they do every shows last season. Does Elliott ever go to this new world or see Margo again or the others?? What happens in the the new world, and Penny and Julia, and Kady? Never to be together anymore. I need to know! They just leave??? Forever???? I need 1 last episode or season. Make sense of this please.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    Following the stunning conclusion to season 4, there were a lot of uncertainties surrounding the 5th and final season. A strong and beloved set of characters propelled a pretty good storyline to much greater heights. Season 5 highlighted the bond(s) of friendship formed over the past 4 seasons. Characters were forced to finally face and confront inner conflicts they've been avoiding. Providing the closure needed to heal, move forward, and grow. All of that while still maintaining the fun, wacky, and spontaneous show we've come to love. It makes me sad that the series has come to an end, but for the most part it was a good, well deserved ending. Thank you to the amazing cast, crew, and everyone else involved with creating this amazing series!
  • May 25, 2020
    Frankly one of the best seasons. It was a real tragedy this show was cancelled. It had at least another season or two left in it -- phenomenal cast, writing, plot. It had it all. And musical numbers!!
  • May 19, 2020
    I spent this entire season waiting for them to bring Q back and figured they would use him to create the grand finale as this whole story has centered around him this whole time. But no, apparently he isn't special as it seemed when he fought the beast and survived a blow the would have killed anyone else. Felt like lazy writing all the way though this season, and i hate the finale, it was completely unsatisfying, especially without Q as a world of his own to help create seems like it would be the perfect remedy for his depression.
  • May 14, 2020
    Lipsa lui Quentin e super, needs more Margo & Elliot, are energie si viata, desi e usor inghesuit
  • Apr 28, 2020
    I was so excited for the last season to begin, and so disappointed at the result. The writers' attempt at tying up all the loose ends to all the storylines in one last hurrah was messy and left questions. It was hard to become emotionally engaged as we were ripped from one plot to another. There was a very hurried feel to closing the book, so to speak. So sad. I was totally engrossed every season until season 5 rolled around. I tried to enjoy it, I really did. Sigh...

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