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This Is Wonderland: The Complete First Season [Import]
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Set in the highly charged world of the lower criminal courts, This Is Wonderland is a painfully funny, gut-wrenching portrait of the complex tales of human drama which unfold daily in the seething crucible of Canada's busiest courthouse. With 15 Gemini nominations for Season One (more than any other dramatic series), viewers can continue to expect to be surprised, riveted and entertained by This Is Wonderland.
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Thinking about going into psychiatry? Watch this show. Completely UNLIKE Law and Order. My only frustration - we never find out what happens eventually - much like real life in some of these cases.
Can't wait for the 2nd season to come out...
I have never encountered a television series or film which showed the depressing nature of mental health courts (i.e. parties being remanded to jail cells due to lack of beds available in the mental health hospital ward), as well as inconsistent criminal sentencing of defendants accused of rather minor offences. While we all would like to think that any defendant going to court and facing a judge would be respectful and courteous, this series provides several depictions of defendants who brazenly talk back to the judge, interrupting their own attorney, and essentially "shooting themselves in the foot".
Alice De Raey (Cara Pifko) came out of law school with idealistic notions about the day-to-day grinding of the criminal justice system. A fellow defense attorney - public defender, Eliot Sacks (Michael Riley), teaches Alice the ropes of surviving in the jungle-like environment of providing criminal defense in a lower-court setting.Read more ›
But enough on that. This show was brilliant, Season 1 naturally introduced you to all of main characters from Alice to Elliot and to all of the judges, whose names I can't recall right now but they can be found in the Cast section of this site. All of the characters are expertly played and even the temporary characters that just come in for one show are done extremely well.
This show mixed comedy and drama with ease, you can go from feeling down while watching a scene in mental health court to laughing watching Elliot use his own logic to try to convince people that his clients are innocent.
Speaking of mental health court, after seeing Corner Gas I can't help but smile at the fact that the judge that presides over mental health court is non other then Eric 'Oscar' Peterson.
As for the DVD itself, it comes on 3 discs with all of Season 1's episodes, all in widescreen, which is nice to see. Theren't aren't many special features with it, there are a few never aired TV promos and such but nothing spectacular, which doesn't bother me since I didn't get it expecting anything more.
The bottom line is that this a great TV show, it may not be as famous as Corner Gas or Trailer Park Boys, but it's a true gem that deserved a better fate and if you are a fan of good TV then you definitely need to pick it up.
The acting is superb and utterly Canadian.
Most recent customer reviews
absolutely fabulous!!! too bad it was never watched nor recognized and the second and third seasons were never made available on dvd. Read morePublished 5 months ago by re1000
In my opinion one of the best programs ever produced by CBC. Wish I could buy the other two seasons. Should have been kept on longer.Published on Sept. 12 2013 by Robert
The title does say it all. I do admit that I find it strange that so much Canadian DVD product becomes unavailable to retailers other than the CBC Shop so fast. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2009 by Andre Lieven
I absolutely love this gem of a show! If you can't afford to purchase it for $99.98, I suggest that you check out cbcshop.ca and type This is Wonderland in the search window.Published on Feb. 12 2009 by Ferenczy
This series is brilliant. Funny, sensitive, thought provoking and respectfully irreverent. The acting is totally right on. I cannot fault the series or praise it highly enough. Read morePublished on March 18 2007 by Richard Jones
This is Wonderland is long gone from the TV lineup but I still find myself reaching for this DVD set from time to time when I get disgusted by the "bad TV" being served up... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2006 by Mark Cayer
This fabulous show has been cancelled by the short-sighted CBC. There is an online petition that you can sign--go to www.cbc.ca and then search for This is Wonderland.Published on March 15 2006 by Mystery Maven
After I had read the reviews here - thank you, guys! - I decided to buy the DVD. Normally I am very reluctant to buy anything other than the tried and well known TV series that... Read morePublished on March 4 2006 by Friedrich Wg Briesemeister
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