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



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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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.


Michael Socha
as Knave of Hearts
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
Lee Arenberg
as Leroy/Grumpy
Whoopi Goldberg
as Mrs. Rabbit
Whoopi Goldberg
as Mrs. Rabbit
Thomas Saunders
as Wealthy Gentleman
Millie Bobby Brown
as Young Alice
Michael Antonakos
as Bearded Man
Sarah Hayward
as Townsperson #1
Sean MaGuire
as Robin Hood/Fourth Man
Ben Wilkinson
as White Knight
Gerry Rousseau
as Townsperson #2
Haroon Khan
as Blacksmith
Haroon Khan
as Blacksmith
Michael Jonsson
as King's Guard
Roger Daltrey
as Caterpillar
Troy Young
as Painter
Bob Phipps
as Screaming Head
Steve Bacic
as Grendel/Handsome Man
Kevin Blatch
as Executioner
Keith David
as Cheshire Cat
Catherine Michaud
as Young Woman
John R. Taylor
as Old Peddler
Danny Wattley
as Jafar's Servant
Catherine Michaud
as Young Woman
Dallas Sauer
as Young Man
Brian George
as Maleficent
Peter Hall
as Peasant
Amelia Wilkinson
as Alice's Daughter
Forbes Angus
as Villager
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1

All Critics (35)

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.

March 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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

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

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

October 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.

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

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

October 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.

October 9, 2013 | Full Review…

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.


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