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

Season 1
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

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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.



Critic Ratings: 35


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User Ratings: 184

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Jafar visits the asylum, where he inquires about Alice. Meanwhile, Alice goes to the Black Forest and lands in peril; the Knave searches for Alice; Cyrus attempts to avoid the Red Queen; and a flashback focuses on Alice returning home after losing Cyrus.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Alice finds her father in Wonderland, and together they start to repair their fractured bond. Meanwhile, a flashback reveals Jafar's pain in the wake of his mother's death and the origins of his turn toward the dark side.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Cyrus' origins are revealed in a flashback. Meanwhile, Alice questions the White Rabbit about his behavior; the animosity between the Red Queen and Jafar reaches a boiling point; and a radical change occurs.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2014

Lizard frees the Knave from the bottle and is rewarded with three wishes. Meanwhile, Cyrus, Alice and the Red Queen search for the Knave; angry peasants seek revenge from the Red Queen; and Jafar makes plans to befriend the fearsome Jabberwocky.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2014

A flashback about Cyrus and his brothers reveals the high cost they had to pay to help their mother. Meanwhile, the Knave and the Red Queen encounter the Jabberwocky; and Cyrus' guilt regarding the past affects his relationship with Alice.

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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.

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…

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

Oct 10, 2013 | Full Review…

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…

Whether read as pure whimsical fantasy or a collection of deep ideas that'd been over-simplified into incoherent psychological symbols, Wonderland was a hot mess.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

For this to work -- and right now, it looks like Oz during a shutdown -- Wonderland needs the sort of recognizable human types who drive "Time."

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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

  • May 04, 2014
    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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  • Dec 15, 2020
    A second rate cast from the original series is only made worse by its cheap looking CGI scenery
  • Sep 01, 2020
    Sólo tiene una temporada y es mejor que casi todo Once Upon a Time.
  • Nov 14, 2018
    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.
  • Oct 06, 2018
    Once Upon a Time is such a hit, but this spin off might be a whole ass FLOP
  • Sep 21, 2016
    A very simple story with beautiful characters and with a lot of heart. 4/5
  • Jan 19, 2016
    trop de trous dans le scénario.
  • Jan 05, 2015
    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.
  • Nov 28, 2014
    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.
  • May 03, 2014
    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.

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