The Magicians is an American fantasy television series that airs on Syfy and is based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman. Michael London, Janice Williams, John McNamara, and Sera Gamble serve as executive producers. A 13-episode order was placed for the first season in May 2015, and the series premiered on December 16, 2015, as a special preview.
In April 2017, the series was renewed for a third season of 13 episodes, which premiered on January 10, 2018. In February 2018, the series was renewed for a fourth season of 13 episodes, which is set to premiere in 2019.
Cast and characters
Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a graduate student. He enrolls at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy to be trained as a magician. A lifelong fan of the Fillory and Further series, he discovers that they are in fact based in truth and pose a danger to his world.
Stella Maeve as Julia Wicker, Quentin’s childhood friend, an Ivy League student who is not admitted to Brakebills, and is recruited by a secret magical society.
Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice Quinn, a naturally gifted magician and Quentin’s love interest whose parents are magicians and who comes from a neglected home life.
Hale Appleman as Eliot Waugh, a student at Brakebills and senior to Quentin, with whom he is close friends. He is a heavy drinker. He and Margo are inseparable.
Arjun Gupta as William “Penny” Adiyodi, Quentin’s roommate and peer. He is a talented magician who is a telepath and “traveler”, someone who can travel between worlds. Despite his brusque demeanor, Penny is loyal to his friends.
Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson, equivalent to Janet from the novels. Her name was changed to avoid confusion with other names beginning with “J”. She is close friends with Eliot and is very charismatic.
Rick Worthy as Henry Fogg (season 2–present; recurring season 1), the Dean of Brakebills.
Jade Tailor as Kady Orloff-Diaz (season 2–present; recurring season 1), a tough, rebellious Brakebills student who attracts Penny’s attention in and out of the classroom. After she flees Brakebills, she joins a group of magicians led by Richard and befriends Julia.
Brittany Curran as Fen (season 3; recurring season 2), Eliot’s Fillorian wife
Trevor Einhorn as Josh Hoberman (season 3; recurring season 2; guest season 1), a former Brakebills student who was one of the members of a group that went missing.