As per the wikis there are crossovers between both the series. So do I have to watch Once Upon a Time in Wonderland to understand Once Upon a Time or can it be avoided fully?


I don't think its necessary. Unless I'm mistaken there's only one character, "The Knave Of Hearts", who crossed over to Once Upon A Time and they've never mentioned Alice. Although I'd recommend watching Wonderland, I found it really good.

  • I'll throw in that the Knave of Hearts' was introduced and then promptly forgotten about in Once Upon a Time, so it is not at all necessary. I second watching Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and would probably recommend it over the main show, if for no other reason than that it had a story with a beginning, middle, and end rather than a status quo reset every season. – Thunderforge Aug 23 '16 at 0:37

No, the main story arcs of OUaT and OUaTiW are completely independent of each other.

But you might want to watch Frozen (not that I have). I can only assume it lends some character development to these new characters, who seem to have been just dropped in on us. I find the back-story that's given to us in the TV show, lacking.

Side note: you should watch OUaT before you watch OUaTiW, or just know that "magic always comes with a price", that there's no stronger magic then love, and you're good to go.

  • I already watched Frozen. Anyways nice answer +1. – Ankit Sharma Aug 4 '15 at 7:49

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