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The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians' 

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Updated April 1, 2020 439 votes 56 voters 1.1k views 57 items

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There are so many good episodes of The Magicians, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Hotel Spa Potions" the best, or is "A Life in the Day" your favorite episode of The Magicians? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Magicians are, let's rank every The Magicians episode from best to worst.

The Magicians is a fantasy series based on Lev Grossman’s novel of the same name. Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) is one of several students recruited to the secretive academy of Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy to be trained as magicians, where discover that the magic they read about as children is very real-and more dangerous than they ever imagined and poses a danger to humanity. The Magicians premiered on SyFy on December 16, 2015, and has been nominated for the Saturn Awards for Best Fantasy Television series each year from 2016 to 2019.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Magicians, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Magicians episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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A Life in the Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 7, 2018

Season 3, Episode 5

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

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Be the Penny is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: January 31, 2018

Season 3, Episode 4

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

3
All That Josh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 7, 2018

Season 3, Episode 9

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

4
The Fillorian Candidate ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 28, 2018

Season 3, Episode 12

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

5
All That Hard, Glossy Ar... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 27, 2019

Season 4, Episode 10

Margo hits her step count.

6
The Tale of the Seven Ke... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: January 10, 2018

Season 3, Episode 1

Quentin and Julia attempt to bring magic back. Julia explores her small, but significant gift. Eliot and Margo chafe under the fairy occupation. Kady searches for a way to heal Penny.

7
Six Short Stories About ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 28, 2018

Season 3, Episode 8

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

8
The World in the Walls ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 8, 2016

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.

9
Lesser Evils is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 22, 2017

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.

10
The Side Effect is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 6, 2019

Season 4, Episode 7

Kady goes to the flea market. What's Zelda been up to? This one's about Fen, you guys.

 

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Escape from the Happy Pl... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 20, 2019

Season 4, Episode 5

There are some flashbacks while Alice and Quentin confront a dog.

12
The Writing Room is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 14, 2016

Season 1, Episode 9

Quentin, Alice, Eliot, and Penny travel to England in search of a missing magic button. Julia searches for real meaning in her magic.

13
Poached Eggs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 21, 2018

Season 3, Episode 7

Margo makes a bold stand against the Fairy Queen. Quentin and Penny try to retrieve a lost item.

14
Twenty-Three is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 21, 2018

Season 3, Episode 11

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

15
Word As Bond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 15, 2017

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.

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We Have Brought You Litt... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: April 19, 2017

Season 2, Episode 12

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

17
Unauthorized Magic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: December 16, 2015

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.

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The Flying Forest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 15, 2017

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.

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Remedial Battle Magic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 28, 2016

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.

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Plan B is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: March 8, 2017

Season 2, Episode 7

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

21
Knight of Crowns is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: January 25, 2017

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.

22
Divine Elimination is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 8, 2017

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.

23
A Flock of Lost Birds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: January 23, 2019

Season 4, Episode 1

Brian takes a friend out for ice cream; Sam is one week away from retirement.

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Have You Brought Me Litt... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: April 11, 2016

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.

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Consequences of Advanced... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Magicians'

Original Airing: February 1, 2016

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.