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

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Critic 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.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 10, 2013
2
Air date: Oct 17, 2013
3
Air date: Oct 24, 2013
4
Air date: Nov 7, 2013
5
Air date: Nov 14, 2013
6
Air date: Nov 21, 2013
7
Air date: Dec 5, 2013
8
Air date: Dec 12, 2013
9
Air date: Mar 6, 2014
10
Air date: Mar 13, 2014
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In the first and only series 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 love. But the reunion is not easy, because Neverland is populated with its share of villains, including Jafar (Naveen Andrews) and the Red Queen (Emma Rigby). As the series unfolds, flashbacks are used to reveal many characters' backstories, including details about how they wound up in Neverland.

Cast

Sophie Lowe
as Alice
Michael Socha
as Knave of Hearts
Emma Rigby
as Red Queen
John Lithgow
as White Rabbit
Brian George
as Old Prisoner
Matty Finochio
as Tweedledee
Ben Cotton
as Tweedledum
Peta Sergeant
as Jabberwocky
Iggy Pop
as Caterpillar
Shaun Smyth
as Alice's Father
Jonathan Coyne
as Dr. Lydgate
Anthony Keyvan
as Young Jafar
Dylan Thomas Collingwood
as Friar Tuck/Injured Man
Jordana Largy
as Silvermist
Jason Burkart
as Little John/Traveler One
John Prowse
as Carpenter
Trevor Lerner
as Burly Guy
Christian Bower
as Drunken Guard
Casey Manderson
as Traveler Two
Jessy Schram
as Ashley Boyd/Cinderella
Whoopi Goldberg
as Mrs. Rabbit
Lee Arenberg
as Leroy/Grumpy
Whoopi Goldberg
as Mrs. Rabbit
Michael Antonakos
as Bearded Man
Thomas Saunders
as Wealthy Gentleman
Sean MaGuire
as Robin Hood/Fourth Man
Sarah Hayward
as Townsperson #1
Ben Wilkinson
as White Knight
Haroon Khan
as Blacksmith
Gerry Rousseau
as Townsperson #2
Roger Daltrey
as Caterpillar
Michael Jonsson
as King's Guard
Bob Phipps
as Screaming Head
Troy Young
as Painter
Kevin Blatch
as Executioner
Keith David
as Cheshire Cat
Steve Bacic
as Grendel/Handsome Man
John R. Taylor
as Old Peddler
Catherine Michaud
as Young Woman
Danny Wattley
as Jafar's Servant
Dallas Sauer
as Young Man
Brian George
as Maleficent
Peter Hall
as Peasant
Amelia Wilkinson
as Alice's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (17)

It's all meant to be a paean to the imagination. Too bad the effects pry some of us out of our imaginations and into the tech lab.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Oct 11, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Oct 10, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

I'd assume we'll get plenty more back story on Alice and Cyrus the genie, but so far I liked what I saw. Even with the few scenes they shared they had some nice chemistry.

Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Wonderland stands on its own as a new and thrilling fantasy world to explore.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

If you are a romantic, you'll love Once in Wonderland. If not, expect a lot of eye rolling in between the good parts... But some flashes of wit, imagination, and goofy-but-fun action hint that it may end up being worth the ride.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

If over -the-top fairy tale stories full of true love and elaborate costumes aren't your cup of tea, you probably won't fall head over heels for Wonderland, but it's still worth giving a look. It's just that much fun.

Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

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

Hi, *They just f**kedup the beautiful franchise of "Alice in the wonderland" by mixing it up with "aladdin's" means Jaffar is the villan in this series WTF its bullsh*t *VFX and acting was just totaly crap they just casted a teen villan I mean are you for f**king real a teen jaffar villan. Regards

Even though the special effects are very corny, I think it adds to the corny yet dangerous world of Wonderland. The actors are either corny or fantastic. The costuming is fantastic. I love the twists. It also has great romantic aspects. This is still one of my favorite shows. It's a quick watch. I can usually watch the whole show in 2 or 3 days.

Once Upon a Time is such a hit, but this spin off might be a whole ass FLOP

A very simple story with beautiful characters and with a lot of heart. 4/5

trop de trous dans le scénario.

It was alright, but nothing compared to Once Upon a Time. I'm not a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland related stories so I never expected to fall in love with this series. It was okay, but I'm glad it was only 13 episodes long. Sophie Lowe makes a great Alice, but many of the other characters are just annoying and unlikable (I wasn't a huge fan of the knave, especially). The story was also predictable and a little slow. However, I appreciated the spin on Alice's adventures and Aladdin. Unfortunately, there was no Aladdin or Mad Hatter for either tale to feel complete.

I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't get past what seemed like a largely obvious flaw in the plot. Alice had three wishes, but she wouldn't use them because if she did her boyfriend, the genie who gave her the wishes, would have to go back into the bottle. The plot of the story is Alice and friends searching for her genie boyfriend who is missing. Rather than go through all those "adventures" to find him, she could have used just one of her wishes to have him safe with her. DUH!!!!!!! And the CGI was horribly obvious as well.

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.

Dann M Super Reviewer

There are some interesting aspects to Wonderland that are shown, but overall this had little to do with actual Wonderland series. Not as visually colorful as you'd expect mostly because it would be too expensive. Which makes one guess as to why they choose that realm to make a spin off.

love the show, wish they would keep it going

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