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Even without their memories, the Magicians gang has plenty to offer Even without their memories, the Magicians gang has plenty to offer

How do you keep a show fresh, season after season? One method: Wipe the memories of all of your core characters. The Magicians starts its fourth season off having given our favorite misfit magic practitioners a hard reboot.

Sabrina returns for a night of Christmas-themed murder and mayhem Sabrina returns for a night of Christmas-themed murder and mayhem

What are holiday traditions like in the Spellman household? Well, you light a Yule log, banish some demons, and make a plan to give away a baby. And if you’re Sabrina, you bring yourself right back to square one with the person you want to make amends with.

Sabrina has made great strides from its earlier, overstuffed episodes Sabrina has made great strides from its earlier, overstuffed episodes

Turns out, the only thing you have to do to convince Sabrina to come to the dark side is to threaten everything she loves.

Sabrina finally faces the consequences of all those lies Sabrina finally faces the consequences of all those lies

All season long, Sabrina has basically acted with impunity. When she’s seen things that are wrong, she’s done her best to right them, and mostly, she’s gotten away with it. But she also never tried something as wrong as resurrecting someone from the dead, and for the first time, there are real consequences to what…

Sabrina casts her most sinister spell yet Sabrina casts her most sinister spell yet

How dark will Sabrina go? It’s an uneasy balance the show has to manage, since she’s the moral center of the show, but also, the magic she’s trying is very heavy stuff. She’s willing to perform horrible magic to rescue Harvey’s brother, but it might be Ambrose’s warning to her that’s the surest sign of her wavering…

Sabrina steps back to focus on its most fascinating mean girl Sabrina steps back to focus on its most fascinating mean girl

It’s probably not a coincidence that the strongest episodes of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina so far have been the ones that don’t focus on Sabrina’s battle against Satan. Destiny is a weighty struggle, and the show has found humor and grounded emotions in the episodes that work better as standalone outings. The…

Sabrina flexes a little magical muscle and saves the day Sabrina flexes a little magical muscle and saves the day

As Sabrina endeavors to straddle two worlds, it was perhaps inevitable that those two worlds would begin to overlap. Something is clearly brewing in Greendale, and the spillover into the mortal realm is likely to be equal parts dangerous and difficult for Sabrina to conceal.

Sabrina goes to sleep and finds a whole lot of terrifying adventures Sabrina goes to sleep and finds a whole lot of terrifying adventures

Given the plethora of TV options available out there in the world, either you’re the type of person who wants to watch a show with a character named Batibat, or you aren’t. And if you’re here reading this, you’re presumably in the first category.

Sabrina finally goes to witch school in its best episode yet Sabrina finally goes to witch school in its best episode yet

It may have taken four episodes to get there, but this may be the first episode where this show about witches and Satan really seems like it’s having fun.

Sabrina goes to court over her right to choose her own future Sabrina goes to court over her right to choose her own future

At last, after two episodes of dense world-building, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has set up some version of what always seemed likely to become the status quo: Sabrina gets to keep one toe in the mortal world while also learning about magic. As Ms. Wardwell is quick to point out, this is a far more efficient way to…

Sabrina goes to a very dark place to help a friend Sabrina goes to a very dark place to help a friend

If you were wondering how hard this show would go on the horror tropes, you have the answer. In the second episode, Sabrina, perhaps unsurprisingly, declines to sign away her rights to Satan, and then has to make a run for it in a bloody white slip. Which she is wearing after stripping out of a wedding dress in the…

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gives the world a teen witch and the oblivious mortals who love her Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gives the world a teen witch and the oblivious mortals who love her

Welcome to Greendale, witches and warlocks. A town that exists in “this year,” but seems to lack cell phones and modern cars. Also, it may or may not be in Massachusetts, with the strongest evidence for this being their love of apple picking and general scorn for Connecticut.

Killing Eve ends its season with a lovers' quarrel Killing Eve ends its season with a lovers' quarrel

When Killing Eve was first announced as Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Fleabag follow-up, it seemed like an odd match. Fleabag was so deeply humane, so profound, and so darkly funny. What was a writer like that doing with a show about a government worker hunting down a cosmopolitan assassin?

A series of betrayals leads Killing Eve toward a fierce confrontation A series of betrayals leads Killing Eve toward a fierce confrontation

So what happens when both your law enforcement figure and your criminal can’t trust their bosses? As we head into the first season finale of Killing Eve, both Eve and Villanelle find themselves cut adrift from the systems that created them. Eve has finally gotten confirmation (she thinks) that Carolyn knows more than…

Killing Eve takes the worst Russian vacation ever Killing Eve takes the worst Russian vacation ever

Both Eve and Villanelle are currently doing what they love. It’s thrilling and yet completely unsustainable, in part because both of them are dependent on handlers whose motives they don’t know. When their bosses tell them to do something, is it furthering some mission they have no part in, and which might hurt them?

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