The First Season of The Magicians premiered on December 16, 2015, and concluded on April 11, 2016, with a total of 13 episodes. The first episode aired as an advance commercial-free preview on December 16, 2015, ahead of the series' double episode premiere on January 25, 2016. Sera Gamble and John McNamara were the executive producers and showrunners.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



# Title Original Airdate Writer(s) Director
01 Unauthorized Magic December 16, 2015 Sera Gamble & John McNamara Mike Cahill
Quentin Coldwater - a brilliant, but depressed college student from Brooklyn, NY - learns that magic is real when he is offered admission at Brakebills University, an exclusive graduate school for magicians. Once ensconced in school, he quickly discovers, firsthand, the darker and terrifying side of magic.[1]
02 The Source of Magic January 25, 2016 Sera Gamble Scott Smith
The Brakebills students struggle to deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe that befalls the university. Back in Brooklyn, Julia Wicker makes her first foray into the mysterious world of Hedge Witches.[1]
03 Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting February 1, 2016 Henry Alonso Myers Scott Smith
Quentin and Julia have an unexpected and volatile reunion. Penny is overwhelmed by his own psychic abilities. Alice is determined to find out the truth behind her brother's disappearance.
04 The World in the Walls February 8, 2016 John McNamara James L. Conway
Quentin wakes up in a mental hospital and must set his panic aside to seek the help of the one person he least trusts. Julia is hurt after her fallout with Quentin and commits to learning more powerful spells with the Hedge Witches.
05 Mendings, Major and Minor February 15, 2016 David Reed Bill Eagles
The students are distracted by personal issues when their focus should be on training for the upcoming Welters Tournament.
06 Impractical Applications February 22, 2016 Leah Fong John Scott
The first-year students are put through The Trials, a series of unconventional tests that must be passed to stay at Brakebills.
07 The Mayakovsky Circumstances February 29, 2016 Mike Moore Guy Norman Bee
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.
08 The Strangled Heart March 7, 2016 David Reed Jan Eliasberg
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.
09 The Writing Room March 14, 2016 Sera Gamble James L. Conway
Quentin, Alice, Eliot, and Penny travel to England to Plover's estate in search of a missing magic button. Once there, they discover a haunting vision of the author's true self. In other events, Julia, fresh off her rehab stint, looks for real meaning in her magic, but at a very high cost.
10 Homecoming March 21, 2016 Henry Alonso Myers Joshua Butler
Penny learns for himself that the world of the Neitherlands is not as friendly as he had assumed. As Quentin and Alice work to save their friend, Julia faces opposition as she tries to join an eclectic group of magicians knowns as the Free Traders.
11 Remedial Battle Magic March 28, 2016 Leah Fong Amanda Tapping
Quentin and the others learn battle magic and prepare for a showdown in Fillory. Julia and Kady take on a mission with the Free Traders.
12 Thirty-Nine Graves April 4, 2016 Leah Fong & Henry Alonso Myers Guy Norman Bee
The students wake up with foggy memories and regret after a night of drinking. Penny reminds everyone that their lives depend on getting to The Neitherlands.
13 Have You Brought Me Little Cakes? April 11, 2016 Sera Gamble & John McNamara & David Reed Scott Smith
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.


  • The first season is based on books written by Lev Grossman. Quentin's story is based on the first book in the series, The Magicians, and Julia's story is based on part of the second book, The Magician King.
  • The set used for Dean Fogg's office after Season 1 is a recreation of the set used for Season 1, which was in an actual house.


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