The Magicians

TV review by Edie Nugent, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Darker, more adult magical quest for the Harry Potter set.

Syfy Drama 2016

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 25 reviews

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age 18+

Bait and Switch, not recommended at any age

A sad story about desperation for even the illusion of control. It is about the dark arts, the kind that comes at a high cost, often cast in blood, and frequently used to summon the dead, demons or gods, it is stated several times in the series that its power comes from pain. It starts off ok, just long enough to get you interested, but gets progressively worse and worse, especially the language which by mid series is so abundant they can't add more so they have to start being more inventive with combinations until much of the dialog is more like something you would expect to hear in a truckstop bar. They also seemed to delight in making every imaginable perversion acceptable from necrophilia to beastiality, and not content to wallow in the mire of bad, they spoil good and innocent things as well, not even Santa is safe. In such a world of misery, the only relief is self-destructive hedonism, which is pervasive. I haven't read the books, so I can only speak to the TV show, but it hints somewhere along the production line someone had a seriously tragic life, as the horror and despair of a mind warped by suffering oozes from many episodes, and watching them feels like you are getting beaten with a misery loves company stick. Spoiler - > > > First season the story primarily revolves around white, male protagonist, last season said white male has been killed off and a literal chauvinist pig is repeatedly scorned and ridiculed for thinking the story would be about a white, male protagonist. I felt betrayed and hated for being an audience member who had stuck with the story from the beginning.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 16+

Good for mature teens.

Focusing on season one as it sets the tone for all seasons. Their is frequent swearing and implied sex even orgies. Some used for magic and others with relationships. But they don't really show nudidy. They show bare backs and arses but no front nudity, so not explicit sex. There is a hint of rape, and the effect of it. As well as topics of suicide, depression and other sensitive issues and alot of drinking and a few drugs. For the fact it is a good tv show and nothing is explicit it is good for mature teens. It is emotional and gets you thinking whilst being a fun normal TV show.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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