A Discovery of Witches: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
A Discovery of Witches

Critics Consensus

A Discovery of Witches smartly grounds its flights of fancy with a lived-in authenticity and harnesses the chemistry between its two star-crossed leads to make for a promising foray into the occult.

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Critic Ratings: 32

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 7, 2019
2
Air date: Apr 14, 2019
3
Air date: Apr 21, 2019
4
Air date: Apr 28, 2019
5
Air date: May 5, 2019
6
Air date: May 12, 2019
7
Air date: May 19, 2019
8
Air date: May 26, 2019

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Tv Season Info

As Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the secrets of the ancient manuscript, their relationship develops, and events threaten to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between witches, vampires, daemons and humans.

Cast

Matthew Goode
as Matthew Clairmont
Teresa Palmer
as Diana Bishop
Alex Kingston
as Sarah Bishop
Valarie Pettiford
as Emily Mather
Owen Teale
as Peter Knox

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Critic Reviews for A Discovery of Witches Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

It has its own parlance, its stunning vistas of rural French hills and yachts covered in polished teak, and its central story of forbidden love, defined by a dynamic that I can only describe as "sexy-sexy sex."

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The on-location shots of beautiful ancient buildings and bridges, of the shimmering River Thames and tranquil Venetian canals, really do sweep the viewer into another world, casting a spell more powerful than any witch's incantation.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

If historical fantasy is your thing then I imagine you're in heaven. Or hell, or wherever it is a historical fantasist most wants to be.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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"A Discovery of Witches"... simply feels too derivative and generic to be especially interesting.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's the little moments when A Discovery of Witches relaxes its self-seriousness - to indulge a joke, or enthusiastically juice its pulpy story - that really get the blood pumping.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The show holds some promise of fun escapism though... Goode steals the show with an excellent final act where his ability to both charm and terrify is in full force.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's a lot of talk of magic and prophecies but very little action. Everyone just stands around looking consternated while delivering their lines in breathy hushed tones. The grey colour palette only adds to the gloom.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

What A Discovery of Witches Season 1 lacks in originality, is bolstered by strong performances from Goode and Palmer.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The series does a fantastic job of setting its scene, introducing us to this world. It takes its time, it crafts interactions between its main characters in a way that doesn't feel forced or rushed.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Those of you who aren't nimble enough to find all of the good stuff on streaming services outside Netflix and Hulu can feast your eyes on the fiery relationship between a witch and vampire.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It gets off to a solid start, and the promise of time-travel in the subsequent books is intriguing for the upcoming Seasons 2 and 3. Given its many charms, it just may be the next show to cast its spell over viewers.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

From its bold writing and lush cinematography to its production value, A Discovery of Witches is a solid installment in the gothic horror genre.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Discovery of Witches: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    it is amazing to watch, and expect what next seen to see for all viewer
  • Nov 26, 2019
    Fresh take on an old storyline!
  • Nov 10, 2019
    It follows the story of its novel dutifully, however, at least as a tv show, it just brings boredom and a cliched story about conflit between mytical creatures, that even enhanced by its main cast performances doesn't highlight from other tv shows with this theme. Don't waste your time with this.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    I am addicted to this show. It started my reading the books-I've read them all. Matthew Goode is gorgeous-as always-but I really like the lead actress. She really is the character. I'm sure they will make future shows, because there is so much material in the books.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    It is a must see for fans of the books, and those interested in fantasy series. I found the entire cast very compelling and loved the expansion of back story on the non-lead characters. There were a few special effects that weren't the greatest, but I assume that was budget related. Hopefully the popularity of the first season will mean better special effects as well as more episodes for seasons 2 and 3. Can hardly wait!!!!
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Acting was just painfully bad, particularly by the lead.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    Loved it..I'm glad they renewed
  • Sep 23, 2019
    I'm surprised the series has received such high ratings from critics, as there are several weaknesses in execution that undermine the promising premise and the page-to-screen transfer. The key problem is one of casting, as Teresa Palmer completely fails as protagonist Diana Bishop, coming off as an insipid, dishwater blonde totally lacking chemistry with Matthew Goode/the vampire Matthew d'Clermont. Since their forbidden cross-species love is the driving engine for much of the plot, that's a HUGE problem! How that plot unfolds is another major weakness, as its banners are largely unfurled in a mad rush in the very first episode, offering up a what-not-to-do master class in poor pacing and telling rather than showing. The characters are hurried into relationships and battle lines drawn around them before the viewer even has a chance to get all the names straight, and multilayered, complex characters are smoothed into stereotypes--a fatal flaw in a story about prejudices, stereotypes, and racism sapping magic from the world and threatening the survivability of all magical species! With the exception of Palmer, the problems are in the scripting, not the portrayals, as the all-star cast is dripping with talent and does the best they can with what little they are given. Trevor Eve as the wicked vampire Gerbert d'Aurillac offers plenty of chemistry on screen, even with just the gorgeous European scenery he is too often left to chew. For centuries, d'Aurillac has kept a witch's head alive for her aid and prophecies, which more often than not consist of repeating the line to "beware the witch with the blood of the lion and the wolf, for she shall destroy the children of the night." It's easy to share the character's frustrations at getting so little with which to work, but he's still better off than all of the actors portraying demons. Witches, vampires, and demons are supposed to be the 3 main species/races of magical creature, but we never actually see anything remotely magical from the demons, who we know belong to that category only because they periodically announce "I'm a demon" in their dialogues with other characters. I am generally a big fan of the supernatural, British actors, and British shows in entertainment, so I was thrilled about this show going in, kept giving it every chance episode after episode in hopes it would somehow pick up and find itself, but ultimately found only disappointment, with an end product poorly done in nearly every way! I haven't read the books, so I can't comment on whether or not aspects were transferred fairly faithfully or if alterations were made and shortcuts taken between novels and screen. However, with so many inherent weaknesses in the show viewers get on the screen, I can't imagine how the adaptation could be satisfying to fans of the page. With at least 2 more seasons of the show already greenlit, one can only hope they'll take some of that time to improve what is on offer.
  • May 22, 2019
    I loved the story, the amazing views and how it mixes romance, drama and a bit of thriller. Can't wait for the 2nd season to understand better how Diana will develop her power. Palmer and Goode have great chemistry and it makes you hope for a nice romance between Diana and Matthew.
  • May 19, 2019
    I read all the books, and of course they are better. However, this is a great series with a good adaptation of the book. Can't wait for more!

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