In a dangerous world, a hidden magical school is the subject of The Magicians. The show, which centers on Quentin Coldwater, features the hardships and exploits of the students as they attempt to preserve both the school and themselves.
SyFy’s The Magicians, which is based on Lev Grossman’s novels, presents one of the most unique takes on the fantasy boarding school theme on television. However, it is difficult to discover similar TV shows that the general audience will appreciate as much as The Magicians. There won’t be an ideal match, but fans of both fantasy and science fiction shows can find several shows with elements similar to The Magicians.
These are some additional shows you might want to check out if you have enjoyed watching The Magicians. Many of these series are available on different OTT platforms. Some of the similar shows are mentioned below.
1. Shadow And Bone (2021- 2023)
Stream on Netflix
Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books served as the inspiration for Shadow and Bone. In this story, Alina, a young orphan, discovers that she is a Sun Summoner with unique abilities that could save her entire planet. General Kirigan, the commander of the Second Army, whom she meets, thinks Alina can conquer their foes in the Shadow Fold. But Alina soon discovers that there are some people in this world that she just can’t trust and one of them is a Shadow Summoner.
The main plot point of the show is Alina’s quest to come to terms with her power and acceptance of who she is despite how it makes her unique. Like The Magicians, this fictional world offers an interesting framework that consists of class division.
2. American Gods (2017-2021)
Stream on Amazon Prime Video, Starz, Hulu and Apple TV
The protagonist of American Gods, Ricky Whittle’s character Shadow Moon, is forced into a dangerous magical and Old and New Gods’ realm while mourning for his wife.
Moon’s collaboration with the Old Gods to regain the world from the New Gods is at the heart of the show’s plotline. Given that American Gods is a Starz series, its content is less constrained, enabling it to delve into darker subjects. American Gods has enough mature themes and magic, similar to The Magicians, to satisfy the tastes of any Magicians fan.
3. Galavant (2015-2016)
Galavant is an attractive knight who is struggling with his luck and is desperate to get his good name back by tracking the wicked King Richard. The King destroyed everything the moment he abducted Madalena, the love of Galavant’s life, and she chose to stay with him because of his wealth and influence. Galavant is a story that is both a fantastic comedy and a satire.
However, in the second season, a childhood friend named Roberta Steinglass becomes Richard’s love interest as he looks for a new purpose in life. The entire series has excellent musical moments. It also features combats of sword fights and fistfights.
4. The Order (2019-2020)
Stream on Netflix
The Magicians certainly had some scary and powerful moments, but they were more theatrical than frightful. You’ll probably enjoy this if you enjoy frightening television in general. The show gradually gets better as it moves ahead.
The Order is a little absurd, but it’s also intriguing and unexpected. It narrates the story of a student in college who joins an undercover supernatural group to get revenge on his mother. Fans of The Magicians will also enjoy Adam DiMarco, acted by Todd, who plays resident counselor Randall Carpio in The Order.
The Order is a humorous, engaging, and fascinating show overall. The plot advances quickly, and there’s constantly something going on to keep the audience interested.
5. Carnival Row (2019 – 2023)
Stream on Amazon Prime Video
The television series Carnival Row portrays fearful people as expressing suspicion and animosity against the supernatural beings that live together with mankind. In this series, the magical creatures migrate to London in quest for safety after a battle destroys their homeland. Nevertheless, Londoners quickly subject them to discrimination and hate.
Early on, there’s a strong connection to the mysterious world when the police start investigating a series of murders, but one investigator in particular is keen to find the real story.
The shows, Carnival Row and The Magicians are comparable in a way that they both have depicted hatred toward fairies. The series has several incredibly captivating performances.
6. Supernatural (2005-2020)
Stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube TV
One of the most successful fantasy television series ever is Supernatural. Numerous aspects of The Magicians are present in this show. The series follows two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, as they travel and hunt supernatural beings like ghosts and monsters that seem to be crashing in the late hours.
Heart-stopping plot twists, sensitive storytelling, and deep mythology are all perfectly combined in this show. With that in mind, it makes sense that Sera Gamble, The Magicians’ co-creator, was once Supernatural’s showrunner.
Overall, the plot and fan base make it worthwhile to watch. The engaging main duo, Sam and Dean of Supernatural, and their chaotic, oddly relatable, and predictably unexpected relationship capture the audience from the beginning.
7. Shadowhunters (2016-2019)
Stream on Hulu and Netflix
Perhaps one of the biggest similarities between Shadowhunters and The Magicians is the group of young friends entangled in a supernatural conflict. Shadowhunters was inspired by Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments novel series.
When the series was first aired on Freeform, it became one of the most-watched programs. In this show, Clary, at the age of eighteen, learns that her family came from an extended family of Shadowhunters, hybrids of humans, and angels who hunt demons.
Her father happens to be the villain, so when her mother vanishes, Clary needs to apply her newly acquired abilities to save her mother. Quentin from The Magicians finds it difficult to fit in with a world where everyone is more knowledgeable about magic than he is at first, just like Clary does. Later, he learned to collaborate with his new allies and accept responsibility for quests, just like Clary.
8. Merlin (2008-2012)
Stream on Peacock and Amazon Prime Video
Merlin is a must-see for anybody who likes The Magicians’ medieval elements. It delves into the adventures of the famed wizard when he was younger and guards Camelot and Prince Arthur.
Merlin offers a fresh perspective on the tale of King Arthur and his mage, as well as an attempt to conceal magic, whereas The Magicians concentrate on young people in the present era finding magic.
The show offers viewers a light-hearted and emotional look at magic and its repercussions, along with humorous stories, thrilling adventures, and a multifaceted main antagonist. A further source of entertainment for fans will be the slow-moving romance between Prince Arthur and Guinevere.