The Best Episodes of The Magicians (2015)

The series centers on Quentin, a brilliant grad student 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.

We Have Brought You Little Cakes

#1 - 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 8.11
2,153 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
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Have You Brought Me Little Cakes

#2 - 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 8.03
2,985 votes
Directors: Scott Smith
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Divine Elimination

#3 - 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 8.02
2,839 votes
Directors: John Scott
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The Rattening

#4 - 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 7.95
2,260 votes
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#5 - 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 7.93
2,245 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
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Plan B

#6 - Plan B

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 7.90
2,508 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
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The Girl Who Told Time

#7 - The Girl Who Told Time

Season 2 - Episode 10

Quentin helps Julia with her search; Eliot attempts to win over his people as Margo tries to keep a devastating secret; Penny and Kady become caught between two magical factions.

star 7.89
2,304 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
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Word As Bond

#8 - Word As Bond

Season 2 - Episode 8

Margo feels the pressure of ruling; Julia's friends question her behavior; Quentin faces the repercussions of the deal he made; Penny finds a way to help Kady.

star 7.87
2,424 votes
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Thirty-Nine Graves

#9 - Thirty-Nine Graves

Season 1 - Episode 12

The students wake up to foggy memories and regret after a night of drinking; Penny reminds everyone that their lives depend on getting to The Neitherlands.

star 7.86
2,877 votes
Directors: Guy Norman Bee
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Lesser Evils

#10 - Lesser Evils

Season 2 - Episode 9

Quentin nears what could be a dead end to his problem; Eliot risks his life for his kingdom, and Margo makes a costly bargain to protect him; Julia, Kady and Penny find a possible ally.

star 7.86
2,414 votes
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The Writing Room

#11 - The Writing Room

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Alice and Quentin learn that Penny read the 6th Fillory novel, they make him tell the story. And it's a doozy. Quentin, Alice, Eliot, and Penny travel to England in search of a missing magic button. Julia searches for real meaning in her magic.

star 7.82
2,828 votes
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The Flying Forest

#12 - The Flying Forest

Season 2 - Episode 4

Quentin and Penny embark on a quest; Margo works on a way to help Eliot; Julia seeks an old friend's help.

star 7.80
2,724 votes
Directors: Carol Banker
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The Cock Barrens

#13 - The Cock Barrens

Season 2 - Episode 6

Quentin strives to help a friend who is suffering; Eliot and Margo's negotiations take a shocking turn; Julia and Kady discover a possible key to stopping Reynard.

star 7.79
2,577 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
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Knight of Crowns

#14 - Knight of Crowns

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the aftermath of their clash with The Beast, Quentin and his friends scramble for a new plan; Julia and The Beast strike a dangerous deal.

star 7.79
3,258 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
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#15 - Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 10

Penny travels to the world of The Neitherlands, and Quentin and Alice work together to save him; Julia joins an eclectic group of magicians.

star 7.77
2,736 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
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The Strangled Heart

#16 - The Strangled Heart

Season 1 - Episode 8

Brakebills is thrown into chaos when Penny is violently attacked by someone who was considered a friend; at the same time, Quentin tries to find a connection to the Beast; and Julia considers giving up magic for good after entering a rehab facility.

star 7.74
2,813 votes
Directors: Jan Eliasberg
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Cheat Day

#17 - Cheat Day

Season 2 - Episode 5

Quentin adjusts to his new life; Penny seeks help from an unexpected source; Eliot and Margo contend with the dangers of ruling; Julia and Kady discover another consequence of Reynard's attack.

star 7.73
2,642 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
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The Mayakovsky Circumstances

#18 - The Mayakovsky Circumstances

Season 1 - Episode 7

An uncompromising professor pushes boundaries both in magic and in the personal lives of his first-year students. Meanwhile, Julia must decide whether she's ready to accept help and what that means for her future as a Magician.

star 7.72
2,862 votes
Directors: Guy Norman Bee
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Hotel Spa Potions

#19 - Hotel Spa Potions

Season 2 - Episode 2

Quentin, Alice, Penny and Margo seek a new weapon; Eliot struggles with being king; Julia and The Beast find an unexpected ally.

star 7.70
2,917 votes
Directors: Chris Fisher
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Impractical Applications

#20 - Impractical Applications

Season 1 - Episode 6

The first-year students face something called "The Trials," a series of unconventional and emotional tests, which result in expulsion from Brakebills for those who fail.

star 7.67
3,005 votes
Directors: John Scott
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Remedial Battle Magic

#21 - Remedial Battle Magic

Season 1 - Episode 11

Quentin and the others learn battle magic as they prepare for a showdown in Fillory. But this challenge leads to building frustrations...pushing some apart and others together. Julia and Kady take on a mission with the Free Traders that may push them too far.

star 7.67
2,859 votes
Directors: Amanda Tapping
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Mendings, Major and Minor

#22 - Mendings, Major and Minor

Season 1 - Episode 5

The students each deal with a personal matter that keeps them from focusing on the upcoming Welter's Tournament.

star 7.66
3,222 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
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Unauthorized Magic

#23 - Unauthorized Magic

Season 1 - Episode 1

A group of twentysomethings studying magic in New York discover a real-life fantasy world that poses a great threat to humanity in this drama adapted from Lev Grossman’s book series.

star 7.64
4,600 votes
Directors: Mike Cahill
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The World in the Walls

#24 - The World in the Walls

Season 1 - Episode 4

Quentin panics when he wakes up in a mental hospital. Meanwhile, upset over her fight with Quentin, Julia commits herself to learning more powerful spells.

star 7.61
3,345 votes
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Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting

#25 - Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting

Season 1 - Episode 3

Alice ends up risking everything to discover the truth behind her brother's disappearance. Quentin and Julia are involved in a volatile reunion.

star 7.48
3,517 votes
Directors: Scott Smith
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