The Magicians is ending after season 5, but it’s raised the bar for fantasy shows

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SyFy won’t be renewing weird, wild fantasy show The Magicians for a sixth season. Yesterday, the network announced that the current season will be its last. The Magicians’ story will wrap up in the finale, slated for April 1st, and with it goes one of TV’s most underrated shows airing today.

At its outset, “what if Harry Potter, but with college orgies” was a fair shorthand explanation for exactly what the show was. Best friends Quentin Coldwater and Julia Wicker learn they have magical potential and are tested to enter a highly selective college. Quentin gets in; Julia gets booted. As their paths diverge in major ways, both begin to learn that magic has a cost, even when it’s dressed up with party tricks and cute co-eds.

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