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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1 (2013-2014)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 11

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is attractive to the eye and pleasantly narrated, but it loses some luster due to a jumbled story and Wonderland's unlikable inhabitants.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 6

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is attractive to the eye and pleasantly narrated, but it loses some luster due to a jumbled story and Wonderland's unlikable inhabitants.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 122

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Season Info

In the first and only season of this spin-off from "Once Upon a Time," a young Victorian Englishwoman named Alice (Sophie Lowe) is taken to an asylum after sharing fanciful tales of a magical world on the other side of a rabbit hole. Just before she's about to have an operation to make her forget about these tales, the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) saves her and transports her back to Neverland. Upon returning, she tries to reunite with Cyrus (Peter Gadiot), the genie with whom she fell in

Network: ABC

Premiere Date: Oct 10, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 10, 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice is taken to an asylum after she shares fanciful tales about a curious place called Wonderland, and the Knave of Hearts saves her before she has an operation in the series premiere of this fantasy about the world on the other side of a rabbit hole.

2
Air date: Oct 17, 2013

Trust Me

'Trust Me',10/17/2013, In Wonderland, Alice concocts a plan to find Cyrus and uses his genie bottle as bait to find out who she's up against and who her real friends are.

3
Air date: Oct 24, 2013

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not',10/24/2013, In a flashback, viewers are introduced to Will Scarlet, who turns out to be the nifty Knave of Hearts. Will has joined Robin Hood's Merry Men and convinces them to steal gold from Maleficent's castle before also p...

4
Air date: Nov 7, 2013

The Serpent

'The Serpent',11/07/2013, When the Knave's life is in danger, Alice has to make the tough decision on whether to use one of her three precious wishes and what that would mean for her and Cyrus.

5
Air date: Nov 14, 2013

Heart of Stone

'Heart of Stone',11/14/2013, In a flashback, Will Scarlet and Anastasia jump through the looking glass to enter Wonderland against her mother's wishes, since she disapproves of Will.

6
Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Who's Alice

'Who's Alice',11/21/2013, Jafar pays a visit to the Asylum and Dr. Lydgate to uncover information about Alice, while in Wonderland, Alice heads to the Black Forest on her quest.

7
Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Bad Blood

'Bad Blood',12/05/2013, When Alice discovers that her father is in Wonderland, they begin healing their broken relationship, which leads to her having to make a difficult decision.

8
Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Home

'Home',12/12/2013, In flashback, we learn about Cyrus' origin story while Alice seeks out the White Rabbit for answers involving his actions in Wonderland.

9
Air date: Mar 6, 2014

Nothing to Fear

Lizard is granted three wishes; peasants seeking revenge abduct the Red Queen. (C) ABC

10
Air date: Mar 13, 2014

Dirty Little Secrets

Cyrus remembers past events; the Red Queen and the Knave are faced with the Jabberwocky. (C) ABC

11
Air date: Mar 20, 2014

Heart of the Matter

'Heart of the Matter',03/20/2014, Alice and Cyrus discover alarming information involving prisoners Jafar has under his control and changes their priorities.

12
Air date: Mar 27, 2014

To Catch a Thief

'To Catch a Thief',03/27/2014, In flashback, the Knave hunts Alice per Cora's directive and he finds himself striking a deal to get his heart back.

13
Air date: Apr 3, 2014

And They Lived...

'And They Lived...',04/03/2014, The all-powerful Jafar succeeds in making his father love him and forcing Anastasia into thinking she loves him.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (11)

Even moving nights, though, won't solve the problems of the thin story and artificial scenery.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

TV spin-off takes dark fantasy drama to another dimension.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is a disappointment, focusing more on the chintzy tableau of the candy-colored Wonderland than on giving its actors anything interesting to do there.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Wonderland is kind of dark, kind of confusing and only moderately entertaining.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

With the mothership's leads on a similar quest for a missing boy, Wonderland seems like an exercise in magical redundancy. This looking glass is cracked.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The main storyline isn't strong enough and the incongruous peripheral elements just confuse rather than engage the viewer.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Wonderland promises to be eye-popping. What about heart-rending?

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Why borrow a classic if you're not going to do anything with it?

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

If the writers and the network are content and able to mirror Carroll's knack for dreamy digression, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland could be all that, and a side of magic cordial too.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The flaws in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland appear to be fixable.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

The challenge of creating a successful spinoff is to give the new show its own identity while still reminding viewers of how much they love the older show. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland... does that quite well, suggesting it might even be better.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

I'd be happy to follow this White Rabbit just about anywhere.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

We don't know how they do it but the masterminds behind the ABC's hit magical drama Once Upon a Time have brought us yet another mesmerizing fairytale-inspired series.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

I can't help but believe that if this new series focused on the dark, foreboding tone in its asylum scenes, it could become a powerful, trippy 9 p.m. drama.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

As in Once, the computer-generated landscapes and creatures don't quite work - they look unworldly, but in a cheesy way.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

I've wished for a show that rows against the current of TV trends that I've grown tired of. And my wish came true! I just should have been more specific and wished for a better show.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

it's Alice who carries this tale, and it's good to see her again.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Ultimately, the story doesn't really matter because the characters are paper thin, and efforts to make Alice more than a damsel in distress -- she's a skull-crushing, tree climber -- don't really add much depth.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If we could get high enough, maybe we could see some reason to sit through this Disneyfied pastiche of Lewis Carroll and "1,001 Nights." Or maybe not.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Once you're in Wonderland, you might remember how dense and unfortunately dour life is there. As soon as you get there, you feel like you're ready to leave.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Alice's battles with various computer-animated and live-action threats are entertaining and, usually, rather witty, though her traveling companions, the White Rabbit and the Knave of Hearts, get most of the best lines.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

Compared with the original, Wonderland boasts a more streamlined story (at least for now) that's built upon an easier-to-understand quest: Save the boy; go back home.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

I'll give it 3.5 Tweedledees on a scale of 5 Tweedledums. Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is very nice to look at.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Good family fun.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

The show's real power resides in Lowe herself, whose screen presence makes even the silliest bits of Wonderland work better than they probably deserve to.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Unless Alice and her rabbit pal have more tricks up their sleeve than Snow White and the gang could muster, ABC's visit to Wonderland might once again leave the network less in need of a looking glass than a rear-view mirror.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The brief look we get hints that maybe they can pull of some magic in this other world. It looked, if ever so briefly, visually intriguing - tiny Alice, eating mushrooms and running amok, etc.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1

A terribly misconceived series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is a round peg in a square hole. Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz try to turn Alice in Wonderland into a story of true love by mixing it with parts of Aladdin, and it just doesn't work; it rings false on every level. Sophie Lowe is horribly miscast as Alice, as she has no chemistry with her co-stars and never becomes an engaging character. Emma Rigby and Naveen Andrews however, are cast exceptionally well as the Red Queen and Jafar. In fact, Rigby steals the show and quickly becomes an incredibly compelling character with a tragic backstory. But even the best acting couldn't overcome the atrocious CGI sets, which couldn't look more fake if they'd been drawn with Magic Marker. While there are a few interesting episodes, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is a train wreck that bears little resemblance to Lewis Carroll's work.
May 4, 2014
Dann Michalski

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