"The Magicians" stars Jason Ralph ("A Most Violent Year," "Aquarius") as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real -- and poses grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve ("Chicago P.D."), Hale Appleman ("Teeth"), Arjun Gupta ("Nurse Jackie") and Summer Bishil ("Towelhead," "Lucky 7") also star in this one hour drama.
The First Years are thrust into the old Brakebills tradition of The Trials, a midterm-slash-hazing ritual in which failing means flunking out for good. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Julia meets a fellow blacklisted Hedge Witch.