The Best Episodes of The Magicians (2015)

Last Updated: May 23, 2019

Quentin, a brilliant grad student is chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.

No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

#1 - No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

Season 4 - Episode 13

Quentin and Josh get cake; Quentin reflects on his actions.

star 8.43
628 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
Writers: John McNamara, Sera Gamble
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Will You Play with Me?

#2 - Will You Play with Me?

Season 3 - Episode 13

The group finds what they’re looking for and attempt once and for all to get magic back.

star 8.18
1,160 votes
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All That Josh

#3 - All That Josh

Season 3 - Episode 9

Quentin, Kady and Alice try to convince an old friend to return home.

star 8.18
1,254 votes
Directors: James L. Conway
Writers: John McNamara, Jay Gard, Alex Raiman
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The Fillorian Candidate

#4 - The Fillorian Candidate

Season 3 - Episode 12

The political situation in Fillory comes to a head. Julia makes amends and Alice makes a confession.

star 8.13
1,120 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Noga Landau, David Reed
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All That Hard, Glossy Armor

#5 - All That Hard, Glossy Armor

Season 4 - Episode 10

Margo hits her step count.

star 8.11
605 votes
Directors: Shannon Kohli
Writers: John McNamara, Mike Moore
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We Have Brought You Little Cakes

#6 - We Have Brought You Little Cakes

Season 2 - Episode 13

Quentin, Eliot, Julia and Margo enact a risky plan to protect Fillory; Penny questions fate, and Kady makes a deal to help him.

star 8.10
2,479 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
Writers: Sera Gamble, John McNamara
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A Life in the Day

#7 - A Life in the Day

Season 3 - Episode 5

Julia helps Alice navigate a personal crisis; Quentin and Eliot go on an adventure.

star 8.08
1,341 votes
Directors: John Scott
Writers: Mike Moore
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The Secret Sea

#8 - The Secret Sea

Season 4 - Episode 12

Quentin yells at a plant. Margo stares at a fish.

star 8.05
607 votes
Directors: Shannon Kohli
Writers: David Reed, Elle Lipson
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Escape from the Happy Place

#9 - Escape from the Happy Place

Season 4 - Episode 5

Alice and Quentin confront a dog; there are some flashbacks.

star 8.05
700 votes
Directors: Meera Menon
Writers: Mike Moore
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Have You Brought Me Little Cakes

#10 - Have You Brought Me Little Cakes

Season 1 - Episode 13

Quentin and Julia arrive in Fillory and try to catch up with the group, who are more than 70 years ahead of them, in the search for The Beast.

star 8.02
3,294 votes
Directors: Scott Smith
Writers: Sera Gamble, John McNamara, David Reed
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Lost, Found, Fucked

#11 - Lost, Found, Fucked

Season 4 - Episode 2

Dean Fogg gets a new suit.

star 8.02
764 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
Writers: John McNamara
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Divine Elimination

#12 - Divine Elimination

Season 2 - Episode 3

Quentin and friends prepare to face The Beast again; Julia conspires with The Beast and their new ally to lure and trap Reynard.

star 8.01
3,192 votes
Directors: John Scott
Writers: Henry Alonso Myers
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The 4-1-1

#13 - The 4-1-1

Season 4 - Episode 11

The gang talks to a book. Tick threatens to drink some water.

star 8.00
601 votes
Directors: Meera Menon
Writers: Christina Strain, Henry Alonso Myers
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The Bad News Bear

#14 - The Bad News Bear

Season 4 - Episode 3

Kady gets a puppy; Quentin meets a snake.

star 8.00
751 votes
Directors: Elie Smolkin
Writers: David Reed
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Twenty-Three

#15 - Twenty-Three

Season 3 - Episode 11

The group strategizes as Josh and Julia travel to a familiar place and are given a chance to help.

star 7.98
1,153 votes
Directors: Meera Menon
Writers: Henry Alonso Myers, Mike Moore
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Be the Penny

#16 - Be the Penny

Season 3 - Episode 4

As Eliot is hunted, Quentin and Julia discover a powerful secret tied to the history of Brakebills.

star 7.98
1,382 votes
Directors: Shannon Kohli
Writers: David Reed
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The Art of the Deal

#17 - The Art of the Deal

Season 3 - Episode 10

Quentin and Alice search the castle for an important object while Julia and Fen work with an enemy.

star 7.98
1,183 votes
Directors: Rebecca Johnson
Writers: Christina Strain
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The Rattening

#18 - The Rattening

Season 2 - Episode 11

Quentin and Julia undertake a difficult journey; Eliot faces mounting catastrophes in Fillory; Margo attempts to fix the bad deal she made; Penny finds a new ally.

star 7.93
2,612 votes
Directors: James L. Conway
Writers: Mike Moore
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Home Improvement

#19 - Home Improvement

Season 4 - Episode 8

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

star 7.92
640 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Alex Raiman, Jay Gard
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Ramifications

#20 - Ramifications

Season 2 - Episode 12

Julia, Kady and Penny each make sacrifices to finally face Reynard; Quentin and Eliot learn a disturbing truth about Fillory.

star 7.91
2,585 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
Writers: David Reed, Christina Strain
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The Serpent

#21 - The Serpent

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

star 7.91
632 votes
Directors: Carol Banker
Writers: Alex Ritter, Sera Gamble
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Six Short Stories About Magic

#22 - Six Short Stories About Magic

Season 3 - Episode 8

Julia and Fen investigate a dangerous group of Magicians as Eliot and Margo’s reign is challenged.

star 7.91
1,235 votes
Writers: Sera Gamble, David Reed
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A Flock of Lost Birds

#23 - A Flock of Lost Birds

Season 4 - Episode 1

Magic is back in the world, but the library controls it all. Our magicians' memories have been wiped, and they think they are all ordinary people. Eliot, though, is not quite himself, and then an old friend is back with a task for Margo.

star 7.90
844 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
Writers: Sera Gamble
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Plan B

#24 - Plan B

Season 2 - Episode 7

Julia and Kady enlist Quentin, Margo, Eliot, and Penny for a magical heist.

star 7.89
2,838 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
Writers: Christina Strain
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A Timeline and Place

#25 - A Timeline and Place

Season 4 - Episode 6

Quentin and Julia play Pictionary while Margo drinks some weird milk.

star 7.87
645 votes
Directors: James L. Conway
Writers: Christina Strain
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