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

Seasons:

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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.

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

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 124

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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 … More

Network:
ABC
Premiere Date:
Oct 10, 2013

Cast

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 10, 2013

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

Alice searches for Cyrus and tests her friends' loyalty in the process. Meanwhile, a flashback reveals the origins of Cyrus and Alice's love story and Cyrus' journey to Wonderland.

3
Air date: Oct 24, 2013

Will Scarlet's early days pilfering with Robin Hood are revealed in a flashback. Meanwhile, in Wonderland, a Bandersnatch is disposed to find Alice; and the White Rabbit's deception is exposed.

4
Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Alice considers using a wish to save the Knave's life. Meanwhile, the Red Queen feels torn between her compassion for the Knave and her loyalty to Jafar; and a flashback spotlights Jafar's roots and his true motives concerning Cyrus.

5
Air date: Nov 14, 2013

A flashback about Will and Anastasia reveals how they first jumped through the looking glass against her mother's wishes, and before long, they became disenchanted with Wonderland. Meanwhile, details of the Red Queen's ascension come to light.

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

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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2013
TV Equals

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
Time Out Chicago
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
Boston Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
Under the Radar

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
Newsday

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
RedEye

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
Uncle Barky

Good family fun.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Hollywood Reporter

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

½

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.

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