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TV Preview: The Magicians and Recovery Road

Mandy C. checks out the first episodes of The Magicians and Recovery Road. SPOILER ALERT: Grad-school age magicians are a rowdy bunch, and alcohol and teens who don’t know how to deal with trauma don’t mix.

TV Preview: The Magicians and Recovery Road

Welcome back to our TV Preview series, and a discussion of the next shows from the TV Preview: Midseason Shows post.

Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.

The Magicians

Premiered: Jan. 25 on SyFy (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

Think Harry Potter, but American, college-aged … with drinking and sexy times. #WhereIsHotNevilleWhenYouNeedHim

Familiar Faces

Rick Worthy as Dean Fogg

Tembi Locke as Dr. Jennifer London

Stella Maeve as Julia Wicker

Michael Cassidy as James

Esmé Bianco as Eliza

Arjun Gupta as William “Penny” Adiyodi

Wayne Pére as Professor Van Der Weghe

Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson

Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)

Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater

Seth Meriwether as Martin Chatwin

Rose Liston as Jane Chatwin

Brian Beckman as Rupert Chatwin

Hale Appleman as Eliot Waugh

Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice Quinn

Jade Tailor as Kady Orloff-Diaz

Anthony Marble as Bathroom Guy

Redeeming Qualities

I love the idea of a magical grad school, particularly because it seems slightly more feasible for someone of my age to attend than Hogwarts. I’m also intrigued by the overarching plot—who is the Moth Man, and what is his endgame?

It's Not Me, It's You

The first episode seemed a little choppy. Occasionally, the rough transitions between scenes made me feel like I’d missed something, even when I was watching the entire time. Additionally, I feel like Quentin was a little too quick to be OK with the fact that magic exists; even someone who’s been in love with fantasy his whole life should be a little more sceptical when faced with something like this.

Let's Do This Again

I really like the idea of this show. Plus, the first episode was pretty good, so I’ll be checking in again. I hope the subsequent episodes are edited a little less jarringly, however.

Recovery Road

Premiered: Jan. 25 on Freeform (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

Stick an alcoholic teen in with a bunch of alcoholic adult misfits and see what happens. #WhatCouldGoWrong

Familiar Faces

Sharon Leal as Charlotte Graham

Alexis Carra as Cynthia McDermott

Kyla Pratt as Trish Collins

Daniel Franzese as Vern Testaverde

Paula Jai Parker as Margarita Jean-Baptiste

Sebastian De Souza as Wes Stewart

Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)

Jessica Sula as Maddie Graham

Meg DeLacy as Nyla

David Witts as Craig

Lindsay Pearce as Rebecca

Redeeming Qualities

I think it’s important to show how well recovery programs work, even if the portrayal is skewed toward the YA side of things . (The show is based on a YA novel of the same name by Blake Nelson, after all.) Plus: Daniel Franzese is The Best, and I could watch him play the sassy big brother type all day.

It's Not Me, It's You

I’ve seen this show before—i.e., this is a somewhat tired trope—and nothing about this new version felt fresh. The characters all seemed pretty stereotypical, too, and the drama veered toward melodrama almost immediately.

Let's Do This Again

I wish all of the characters luck, of course, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be checking in on their progress.

Did you watch The Magicians or Recovery Road? What did you think? Voice your thoughts in the comments!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.