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The Best Episodes of The Magicians

Every episode of The Magicians ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Magicians!

Brakebills University is 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 grave danger to humanity.

Genres:DramaSci-Fi & Fantasy

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Magicians" is "A Life in the Day", rated 9.4/10 from 1615 user votes. It was directed by John Scott and written by Mike Moore. "A Life in the Day" aired on 2/7/2018 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "All That Josh".

  • A Life in the Day
    9.4/10 1,615 votes

    #1 - A Life in the Day

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-02-07

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

    Director: John Scott

    Writer: Mike Moore

  • All That Josh
    9.1/10 1,107 votes

    #2 - All That Josh

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-03-07

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

    Director: James L. Conway

    Writer: John McNamara, Jay Gard, Alex Raiman

  • Be the Penny
    8.9/10 902 votes

    #3 - Be the Penny

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-01-31

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

    Director: Shannon Kohli

    Writer: David Reed

  • Six Short Stories About Magic
    8.8/10 769 votes

    #4 - Six Short Stories About Magic

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-02-28

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

    Director: Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Writer: N/A

  • The Fillorian Candidate
    8.8/10 692 votes

    #5 - The Fillorian Candidate

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-03-28

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

    Director: Joshua Butler

    Writer: Noga Landau, David Reed

  • Escape from the Happy Place
    8.8/10 888 votes

    #6 - Escape from the Happy Place

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-02-20

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

    Director: Meera Menon

    Writer: Mike Moore

  • All That Hard, Glossy Armor
    8.8/10 914 votes

    #7 - All That Hard, Glossy Armor

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-03-27

    Margo hits her step count.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Oops!...I Did It Again
    8.8/10 524 votes

    #8 - Oops!...I Did It Again

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2020-02-12

    With their mistake from the last episode, the apocalypse is imminent. Eliot and Margo try all they can think of to prevent this, but nothing works. While Eliot sinks deeper and deeper in self-despair, Margo comes close to the solution. But in the end, it's not Margo's idea that saves the day!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Divine Elimination
    8.6/10 925 votes

    #9 - Divine Elimination

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-02-08

    Quentin and friends prepare to face The Beast again. Julia conspires with The Beast and their new ally to lure and trap Reynard.

    Director: John Scott

    Writer: Henry Alonso Myers

  • Twenty-Three
    8.6/10 663 votes

    #10 - Twenty-Three

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-03-21

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

    Director: Meera Menon

    Writer: Mike Moore, Henry Alonso Myers

  • Will You Play with Me?
    8.5/10 787 votes

    #11 - Will You Play with Me?

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-04-04

    The group finds what they’re looking for and attempt once and for all to get magic back.

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: Sera Gamble, John McNamara

  • The Art of the Deal
    8.4/10 612 votes

    #12 - The Art of the Deal

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-03-14

    Quentin and Alice search the castle for an important object while Julia and Fen work with an enemy.

    Director: Rebecca Johnson

    Writer: Christina Strain

  • Fillory and Further
    8.4/10 524 votes

    #13 - Fillory and Further

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2020-04-01

    Christmas comes early.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Writing Room
    8.3/10 1,064 votes

    #14 - The Writing Room

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-03-14

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

    Director: James L. Conway

    Writer: Sera Gamble

  • Have You Brought Me Little Cakes
    8.3/10 1,124 votes

    #15 - Have You Brought Me Little Cakes

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-04-11

    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.

    Director: Scott Smith

    Writer: Sera Gamble, John McNamara, David Reed

  • Plan B
    8.3/10 692 votes

    #16 - Plan B

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-03-08

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

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: Christina Strain

  • We Have Brought You Little Cakes
    8.3/10 675 votes

    #17 - We Have Brought You Little Cakes

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-04-19

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

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: Sera Gamble, John McNamara

  • The Bad News Bear
    8.3/10 569 votes

    #18 - The Bad News Bear

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-02-06

    Kady gets a puppy. Quentin meets a snake.

    Director: Elie Smolkin

    Writer: David Reed

  • The Serpent
    8.3/10 498 votes

    #19 - The Serpent

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-03-20

    Quentin eats a quesadilla. Kady and Zelda share a smoke.

    Director: Carol Banker

    Writer: Sera Gamble, Alex Ritter

  • The Secret Sea
    8.3/10 561 votes

    #20 - The Secret Sea

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-04-10

    Quentin yells at a plant. Margo stares at a fish.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Apocalypse? Now?!
    8.3/10 424 votes

    #21 - Apocalypse? Now?!

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2020-02-12

    Zelda has come up with a plan to stop the Apocalypse, but they all have to work together to make that happen. This proves to be more exhausting and challenging than they had hoped. When they are almost successful, something unexpected happens.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Ramifications
    8.2/10 637 votes

    #22 - Ramifications

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-04-12

    Julia, Kady and Penny each make sacrifices to finally face Reynard; Quentin and Eliot learn a disturbing truth about Fillory

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: Christina Strain, David Reed

  • A Flock of Lost Birds
    8.2/10 682 votes

    #23 - A Flock of Lost Birds

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-01-23

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

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: Sera Gamble

  • Lost, Found, Fucked
    8.2/10 574 votes

    #24 - Lost, Found, Fucked

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-01-30

    Dean Fogg gets a new suit.

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: John McNamara

  • The Tales of the Seven Keys
    8.1/10 743 votes

    #25 - The Tales of the Seven Keys

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-01-10

    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.

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: Sera Gamble