Air date February 7, 2012
Written by Michael Green
Michael R. Perry
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring Main Cast
Episode guide

This article pertains to the Season 1 Episode entitled "Magus". If you are searching for the article about the boat, you can find that here: The Magus.

“Magus" is the first episode of Season 1 of ABC’s The River. It was written by Michael Green and Michael R. Perry and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The episode premiered on February 7, 2012. "Magus" attracted 7.59 Million Viewers.


Magus is Part One of the 2-Hour Series Premiere.

The River (ABC) - Series Premiere Promo

The River (ABC) - Series Premiere Promo

Six months ago, Emmet Cole, adventurer and host of The Undiscovered Country, disappeared while on an expedition deep in the uncharted waters of the Amazon River. The fruitless search and subsequent 'memorial service' left thousands of fans in shock at the loss of their icon. Now, his emergency beacon had been activated, and his wife Tess, who reluctantly faced reality, organizes a search party to find him. The team comprises of her estranged son Lincoln, who was more than ready to leave the past behind; Emmet's long-time friend and Undiscovered Country producer Clark Quietly, Magus mechanic Emilio Valenzuela and his daughter Jahel; Lena Landry, daughter of cameraman Russ Landry who has disappeared along with Cole; and Captain Kurt Bryndilson, head of the expedition. What the team doesn't know is that this journey will take them to a place where magic comes alive and things are never what they seem.

Plot SummaryEdit


  • "Magus" is a latin word meaning "magician".

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

The River Season One
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