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The Magicians (TV series)
Genre Fantasy
Created by Sera Gamble
John McNamara
Based on The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Written by Lev Grossman
Starring Jason Ralph
Olivia Taylor Dudley
Stella Maeve
Hale Appleman
Arjun Gupta
Summer Bishil
Rick Worthy
Jade Tailor
Trevor Einhorn
Brittany Curran
Executive producer(s) Mike Cahill
Michael London
Janice Williams[1]
Scott Smith
John McNamara
Sera Gamble
Henry Alonso Myers
Producer(s) Mitch Engel
Running time 41–52 minutes
Production company(s) McNamara Moving Company
Man Sewing Dinosaur
Groundswell Productions
Universal Cable Productions
Filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. (Pilot)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Original channel Syfy
Original run December 16, 2015 - Present

The Magicians is the television adaptation by Syfy of Lev Grossman's series of the same name. The series' first season features 13 episodes with the pilot premiering on December 16, 2015 ahead of its two-hour official premiere on January 25, 2016.[2][3]

Season Synopses

The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses a grave danger to humanity.[4]


Main Cast

Recurring Cast


Main article: Season 1
Main article: Season 2
Main article: Season 3
Main article: Season 4



The show was originally planned for FOX, but on February 2012 the adaptation was announced to be canceled. In 2014, SyFy announced it would be producing an hour-long drama adaptation of the novel. The pilot was greenlit on July 9, 2014,[5] and officially ordered to series on May 4, 2015.[6]

Sera Gamble, former Supernatural showrunner, and In Plain Sight's John McNamara are on board as executive producers and writers for the project. On September 2, 2014, it was announced that Mike Cahill was tapped to direct the pilot.[7]

On December 3, 2014 Jason Ralph and Sosie Bacon were announced to play the roles of Quentin Coldwater and Alice Quinn respectively[8] but Sosie was eventually replaced by Olivia Taylor Dudley on August 5, 2015.[9]

In order to show the complex and intricate hand movements used to cast magic, Paul Becker and Kevin Li were brought as choreographers to teach the cast finger tutting.[10]


The pilot, entitled "Unauthorized Magic," was shot in New Orleans in December 2014[11] with the rest of the episodes filmed in Vancouver in July 2015.[12]

Second Season

A second season was announced on February 8, 2016. The show returned in 2017 and featured 13 episodes.[13]

Third Season

A third season was announced on April 12, 2017. [14]

Fourth Season

A fourth season was announced on February 28, 2018.[15]



  • Janet Pluchinsky's name was changed to Margo Hanson to avoid confusion as several other characters also had names that began with "J"- Jane Chatwin, Julia Wicker, etc. This was pointed out by Zelda Shiff, the Head Librarian of the Library of the Neitherlands, as she calls Margo "Janet". When Margo says it's not her name, she merely states that is not the case this time.
    • In Season Four, Margo's new identiy's name is changed to Janet as a nod to the original character.


  1. Variety - Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ Trailer Shows a Whole New Side of Magic
  2. Polygon - Syfy's TV adaptation of The Magicians looks promising in this trailer
  3. the FUTON CRITIC - New Syfy and Universal Cable Productions Drama "The Magicians" Premieres on Monday, January 25
  4. Syfy - The Magicians Cast
  5. Deadline - Syfy Orders ‘The Magicians’ Pilot Based On Lev Grossman Fantasy Books
  6. Deadline - ‘The Magicians’ Picked Up To Series By Syfy
  7. The Hollywood Reporter - Syfy Taps Mike Cahill to Direct 'The Magicians' (Exclusive)
  8. Deadline - Jason Ralph & Sosie Bacon To Star In ‘The Magicians’ On Syfy
  9. AV Club - Syfy’s The Magicians conjures up a new female lead, gets underway
  13. Variety - ‘The Magicians’ Renewed for Season 2 on Syfy
  14. Variety - ‘The Magicians’ Renewed by Syfy for Season 3
  15. Spoiler TV - The Magicians - Renewed for a 4th Season

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