Parents' Guide to

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

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

TV ABC Drama 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+
Shallow, toxic, soap opera drama, just weird for kids- perpetuates girls & women expecting & tolerating misogyny.. female characters are limited to pouty, skinny, submissive, and powerless roles. Teens will think this is stupid. It’s targeting pre-teens and the messaging sends us back to toxic beauty standards & abusive relationships.
age 13+

Good messages and role models

Great storylines, optimist messages and complexily characters. But in my point of view would be rated +13 because of relationships, darker themes (implicit violence, parental abuse, revenge, depression) and intensives conflicts.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (10 ):

The creative team behind Once Upon a Time opens a new can of proverbial worms in this companion series that boasts the same level of curiosity and drama as does the first but with an entirely new cast. Once Upon A Time in Wonderland's best assets are its scintillating characters -– from lovelorn Alice to the malicious Red Queen -– and, as with its predecessor, the writers' ability to manufacture connections between traditionally unrelated players. It's like walking through a haunted house: You never know who might be lurking around the next corner or how their presence will affect what happens next.

There's very little plot crossover between the two shows, which makes it easy to jump into this one and not feel like you've missed anything by skipping the first. Existing Once Upon a Time fans will notice similarities in the cinematography, music, and plot development, but, all in all, this is a wondrous new adventure set against the backdrop of the creators' fresh (and very grown-up) take on Lewis Carroll's Wonderland.

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