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Top 10 reasons you'll be spellbound by 'The Magicians'

Season 1 | Episodes 1 & 2 | “Unauthorized Magic” & “The Source of Magic” | Aired Jan 25, 2016

The Magicians could be described as a college-set Harry Potter meets the Chronicles of Narnia with young-adult content (i.e., sex, drugs, violence). Except this hero—Quentin Coldwater—isn’t a charming orphan trying to find his place in the world, but rather a wayward college student so despondent over his own insignificance that he admits himself into the Midtown Mental Health clinic.

Then he discovers something that changes his life: Magic. Is. Real.

Quentin is accepted into Brakebills University, where his innate talent will be revealed and honed so that he can (hopefully) become a magician. Suddenly the “silly nerdy bullsh-t” he’s been obsessed with since high school amounts to something more than an embarrassment. Having the veil lifted on his world sends him and his best friend Julia (who was rejected from Brakebills) on a dangerous and exciting new trajectory, where magic becomes the greatest addiction.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should watch this new series by showrunners Sera Gamble (Supernatural) and John McNamara (Aquarius).

1. Fillory and Further. Watching Quentin geek out over his favorite books, and then discover the fantastical, fictional world of Fillory is real, is a situation every fangirl (or boy) can wish for and imagine with giddy excitement.

Vogue2. Vogue. Wands? Who needs wands? To conjure a spell, these magicians use a series of oddly beautiful hand gestures reminiscent of Madonna’s Vogue.

3. Eliot. Hale Appleman channels James Spader’s Steff from Pretty in Pink, but with less smarm and more charm. As bold and bombastic as Quentin is artless and introverted, you can’t help but adore the devilish dandy that Eliot is—while wondering what secret agenda he’s hiding under that impressive coif.

4. Sexardium Leviosa. Forget stupefying someone or shooting water out of your wand. These magicians give the mile-high club new meaning by levitating their lovemaking.

5. Mind Slut. After Penny objects to being called a psychic, Kady christens his power with a new name. We like it!

Smiley Face

6. Smiley Faces. Normally a smiley face evokes a smile in return, but at Brakebills, it’s an ominous emoji from a killer who seems anything but happy.

7. Mystery Murders. Alice’s brother, Charlie, inexplicably died five years ago, and only four of the entire third-year students remain. Who or what is killing the Brakebills students?

8. Hedgewitch. Usually a hedgewitch is a medicine woman, or bruja, who practices herbalism and healing. Here, they seem darker and more dangerous. Just what has Julia gotten herself into?

The Beast9. The Beast. Call him the Mothman, because his entire face is made from a flurry of those winged blights. Is this terrifying creature responsible for the many deaths at Brakebills, or is he solely focused on Quentin? We can never unsee that smiley face he made from Dean Fogg’s excised eyeballs and blood.

10. Garden Path. To stay on or stray off? That is the question. Quentin is about as clear on the answer as we are.

We hope you enjoyed the double premiere of The Magicians. Return next week, after “Consequences of Advanced Magic.” Until then, block your thoughts from Mind Sluts, protect your eyeballs at all costs—and practice your vogueing skills.

The Magicians airs Mondays at 9/8C on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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