The Magicians has returned to My5 as a bumper box set ahead of Season 3’s UK premiere this week.
Based on the critically acclaimed novel series by author Lev Grossman, The Magicians has grown to become one of the most underrated and enjoyable fantasy series on the TV. It follows recent college graduate Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), who has a history of depression and has always longed to live in the Narnia-esque world of his favourite ‘Fillory & Further’ novels, where magic is real. His life changes on the day of his Princeton University interview, when he finds the examiner dead and a hidden portal leading to the Brakebills College of Magical Pedagogy, where he is accepted as a student. There, he learns that magic is not just a mesmerising world of miraculous powers, but also of untold dangers.
Balancing realism with spells, the series’ strength lies in the way it manages to be both magical and grounded, helped by its strong cast, which includes Stella Maeve as Quentin’s childhood friend, Julia, alongside Hale Apple man as Eliot, Summer Bishil as Margo and Olivia Taylor Dudley as Margo. We meet a host of spell-casters, outsiders made kings and queens, and a powerful foe called The Beast, all tied together with subtly impressive visuals effects.
While the show is available on Netflix in the US, following its broadcast on SyFy, the programme is less well known in the UK, with niche channel 5STAR snapping up the rights ever since its first season. The good news, though, is that 5STAR is part of the Channel 5 family is available for free – and the same is true of its catch-up service, My5. With Season 3 premiering at 9pm on Thursday 14th June, My5 has added both Season 1 and 2 back as box sets, just in time for some binge-worthy catching up. The window of opportunity is closing, though: they’re only available to stream until 27th June.